GRH Auxiliary Continues Tradition By Making Apple Butter Wednesday

It’s a tradition over five decades old.

Apple butter making was conducted this week by the Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary.

Apple peeling was done Tuesday at the VFW Hall, and Wednesday the Bond County Fairgrounds was the location for the stirring of apples in the big kettles and the canning of the product. It was a perfect fall day for the project.

Over 100 volunteers were involved in the apple butter making process.

Elliott Wiegand has been in charge of recruiting kettle stirrers for about 50 years.

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WGEL talked to Wiegand while he was busy stirring one of the four kettles.

He told us there are some “old faithfuls” he can count on every year, and new folks are added to the roster each year. He said people always enjoy stirring the apple butter.

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Boyd Vieregge is chairman of the apple butter project.

Marshall Mollet has been in charge of getting the fires going early in the morning for several years.

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Marshall told us he’s lost track of how many years he’s helped with the project and noted that the fires play an important role in the process.

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Barb Hecht oversaw the apple butter cooking. She said approximately 600 jars of apple butter were canned.

They will be for sale at the Auxiliary’s Holiday Bazaar on the first Saturday of December.

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