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Waynesboro Scouts, Church to Sell Dumplings to Fund Programs

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Apple dumplings, made by a Waynesboro church and Boy Scout troop. Apple dumplings, made by a Waynesboro church and Boy Scout troop.

Waynesboro is getting ready to host about 20,000 people for the Fall Foliage Festival this weekend. Organizers say it's great for the downtown economy and emerging artists. But for one community, it means sharing a decades-old tradition and seasonal favorite: apple dumplings.

Friday, Boy Scout Troop 47 from Waynesboro and the church that sponsors it - Waynesboro Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - were baking up a storm. They made 1,000 apple dumplings they hope to sell Saturday morning at the festival to help fund the troop as well as a summer camp for girls that the church runs.

"You know what they say: it's not where you serve, it's how you serve. And so, no matter what you do, helping an organization out is great. And so at this level you get your hands right in it," said Dr. Richards M. Miller, life-long scouter.

For 50 years, Miller has been in the Boy Scouts program, and 30 of those he spent making apple dumplings with the other members of his church. Besides supporting the programs that his grandkids belong to, he's also passing down a tradition.

"If you can get apples fresh off the trees then you're gonna get your best apple dumplings. And that's why we do it in the fall," said Miller.

Dozens in the congregation pluck the apples locally, peel them,  mix up the dough, and then pass on the treats to the public.

"We'll sell out with 1,000 of them. We'll open the booth up at 9 :00, we'll probably sell out by about 11:30," said Miller.

Three generations gather in the kitchen for this labor of love - all to raise money for the children's programs. They hope to raise up to $8,000. 

Nadine Teerlink was there when the tradition first started in 1982.

"I think it's a real good project to help our youth, both the boys and the girls. I think it's a real good project too because it brings all the members of the church together, and get closer together," said Teerlink, who founded the project.

While there will be plenty of food vendors at the festival, the focal point is the art show - drawing in visitors from all over. 

"This is one of the largest tourist draws of the season and we bring in people from New Jersey, New York, Washington, D.C., North Carolina," said Piper Groves, director of the Fall Foliage Art Show.

Main Street and the Broad Street Bridge are shut down for the festival, but there are detours. The art show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking are free. 

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