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Fruitport takes the Big Crunch

Krystle Wagner • Oct 27, 2015 at 11:36 AM

The apple snack was part of Michigan Apple Crunch Day. The goal was to have 35,000 students, staff and community members in Muskegon, Oceana, Ottawa, Kent and Van Buren counties attempt to break the world record for the most people eating an apple at the same time.

In 2013, 75,000 people participated in the event, also known as the Big Crunch, and participation grew to about 225,000 apple-eaters last year.

While the event is fun for Michigan students to participate in together, it also serves another purpose.

“We’re promoting local farmers and healthy snacking,” said Kate Chowning, director of dining services for Fruitport Community Schools and chairwoman of the district’s wellness committee.

After taking the initial bite, students happily chatted with their friends as they continued eating the fruit grown at Gavin Farms in Coopersville.

Currently, Michigan is the third-largest apple-producing state. On average, the state harvests about 20 million bushels, or about 840 million pounds, of apples annually.

Karson McMullin said he liked joining the event because he likes apples.

As students laughed and ate apples, 8-year-old Isabella Castillo said she thought it was “cool” to participate in.

“Because apples are healthy for you and they are delicious,” she said.

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