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N1959 Kroncke Road
Poynette, WI 53955

Take Hwy 51 North from Madison, go straight onto Hwy 22, turn east (right) onto Hwy 60 almost immediately. Drive 2 miles and go North (left) onto Kroncke Road. We're just over a mile on the left-hand side.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Apple-azing Race: “Cider House Rules” by John Irving Challenge

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you were able to enjoy the beautiful day yesterday with our icky, but necessary, rainy weekend.  Today, I’m going to keep the journey along the way of the Apple-Azing RaceIMG_0940     

All photo’s on this blog post were taken by Michelle Cross Photography. Michelle did a fantastic job shooting each event so I’ll be able ‘illustrate’ each challenge for you! If you want to order any photo’s from the race follow these instructions:

  1. go to www.michellecrossphotography.blogspot.com
  2. Click ‘clients’
  3. Click ‘Apple-Azing Race Gallery’

Each challenge was named after a book to follow along with the fact that we were raising money for the Poynette Area Public Library. I’m going to blog about each challenge – the clue to find the challenge, the challenge itself and exactly what each team had to do at each challenge.

“Cider House Rules” by John Irving Challenge Clue:

Wash your hands with the nectar of the apple orchard and press on through. Decide on 2 team members that will participate in this challenge.


“Cider House Rules” by John Irving Challenge:

Two of your team members can participate in this challenge.

Press the apples provided in the old fashion cider press.

You have fifteen minutes to press, squeeze, collect and clean the cider press. Penalty seconds will be added if any help is needed from our volunteer, if you haven’t finished pressing after 12 minutes and if you don’t finish cleaning up post press. If the entire process isn’t completed in 15 minutes you will be given a penalty time of 20 minutes. Once the task is done you will receive your next clue.

IMG_0942Put the apples into the press…IMG_0946Crank it to mush the apples up…Apple-azing Race Photo's at Lapack's OrchardJuice comes out of the apples…IMG_0947Add more apples and keep on going until they use up all the apples we provided them (about a peck and a half).  Apple-azing Race Photo's at Lapack's OrchardWhen you’re all done – clean up! Apple-azing Race Photo's at Lapack's Orchard

Here’s the top 10 Teams for this challenge:

FIRST:  Galloping Gimps

Second: Beauties & The Beasts

Third: Can You Dig It?

Fourth: Apple-azing Pie & Ice Cream Team

Fifth: Pink Ladies

Sixth: Howard’s Place Girls

Seventh: Zeke’s Crew

Eighth:  Sassy Pants

Ninth: 2 Bad Apples

Tenth: Agora Healing


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