Melee at Apple Orchard Leads to Arrests, Injuries
By Fred Furnace
Published October 18th, 2015
CLIFTON PARK – Riot police were called to Buttman’s Apple Orchard in Clifton Park on Sunday, after an altercation over apple cider doughnuts led to fisticuffs, mass injuries and numerous arrests.
Authorities blame the riot on unseasonably warm fall weather and “a general lack of anything else to do in Clifton Park,” which resulted in area apple orchards becoming dangerously overcrowded.
The riot started when an elderly woman and her grandson unknowingly “butted-in” to the front of the apple cider doughnut line.
“My family and I were waiting in the doughnut line for like 40 minutes,” said Roger Meske of Cohoes, who witnessed the melee. “Just as we were finally getting close to the front, this old broad wanders up like she’s the Queen of Sheba and starts grabbing doughnuts.”
At that point, according to Meske, some of the people standing in line “completely lost their shit” and began attacking the woman.
“It was like we were in the movie, Roadhouse,” Meske recounted. “Fists were flying, people were bleeding. I feared for my life.”
Dozens were injured in the scrum. Authorities said 14 people were arrested, with charges ranging from simple battery to attempted murder. A police department source referred to the incident as a “classic case of apple orchard rage.”
“People flock to those orchards in droves,” the source explained. “Parking becomes a nightmare. The best apples, like Fuji and Red Delicious, get all picked-over, so people have to pick up scrub varieties they don’t even really want, like Golden Delicious, Macintosh, or Granny Smith. Then the little kids get too tired to walk, so mom or dad has to carry them. The list of annoyances goes on and on. The whole situation can become very volatile, very quickly.
“Add on top of that a shortage of apple cider doughnuts, and you can expect that punches are going to be thrown,” he continued. “It is inevitable.”
Buttman’s Orchard was closed briefly due to the incident, but has now reopened. The family says Macouns, Jonagolds and Empires are expected to be available for picking this weekend.