Crunch time

At precisely 2:12 p.m. Thursday, Mason Smith bit into a red, juicy apple.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 25, 2013


Smith, a fourth-grader at Edgewood Elementary School in Fruitport — along with staff and students at Fruitport Community Schools — crunched into apples in an attempt to break the world record for “most people biting into an apple at the same time.” The group joined forces with schools throughout Muskegon, Oceana, Van Buren and Washtenaw counties for “The Big Crunch.”

Muskegon County previously held the record with 9,329 people taking bites at the same time, but schools in New Zeeland beat that record in May with 17,064 people.

Kelly Lively, the school liaison and special projects for Cherry Capital Foods, said about 70,000 individuals signed up to participate in Thursday’s event in Michigan.

Smith described taking a bite of an apple simultaneously with thousands of other people as “awesome.” The 9-year-old said he enjoyed the fresh, crisp taste.

“I love apples,” he said. “They’re tasty.”

Gavin Orchards in Coopersville and NJ Fox and Sons Farms in New Era supplied the West Michigan schools with apples for the attempt at breaking the world record. Mike Gavin, co-owner of Gavin Orchards, said the event is great because it encourages children to make healthy eating choices and it supports Michigan's apple industry.

Gavin said schools received empire apples, which are the same ones used in apple slices at McDonald's restaurants.

Kelly Miller, director of food services for Fruitport Community Schools, said she wanted the district's students to participate because it brings awareness to local produce and highlights Michigan’s apple production.

Fourth-grade teacher Lisa Dirkse said it was exciting participating with her students and others throughout West Michigan.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Barry Soetoro

It's comforting to know they gave them the same apples that they serve at McCracks.


How exactly did this waste any tax dollars?


I don't pay taxes for a buncha kids to sit around biting into apples.


ggravish!! Get a life! These are fourth graders, just kids, our kids, eating apples, having fun at it and trying to break the world record, for goodness sakes!


herp n derp


Hey gravish - the kids all got free apples! Sounds like socialism to me. That muslim guy from kenya living in your white house is probably responsible. You probably need to make Ted Cruz aware of this situation so he can make a speech.


Think of the controversy if a few apples had worm holes! Eliminate the entire project - fire the teachers - block apples from entering the schools - spend $200 million on an anti-apple crusade, explaining why apple worms were poised to take over our children, their brains, their futures!


herp n derp


spoken with a sense of randomness...


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