Riverfest carnival will open with rides Thursday night
According to organizers, there will be something for everyone at this year’s Nanticoke Riverfest, taking place in downtown Seaford and on the Blades Causeway on Friday, June 21, and Saturday, June 22. The event actually gets under way a little early with the Taylor and Sons Carnival.
The carnival will fill a two-acre site with rides on Thursday and Friday nights, all day Saturday and Saturday night. There will be an all-day pass available.
This year’s Riverfest was moved from Aug. 3 to take over most of the events already planned for the canceled Delmarva Chicken Festival. The Riverfest schedule gets under way on Friday at 4 p.m. and continues with a full schedule of entertainment and events until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a children’s area with children’s activities and a children’s stage complete with a full schedule of events.
On Saturday, events start at 9 a.m. and conclude with a concert by Randy Lee Ashcraft from 9 to 11 p.m. Events include the Nanticoke Float-in, Little Miss and Jr. Miss Pageant, Duck Dash 5K, Youth Fishing Tournament, Boat Parade, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a car show, antique tractor show and the Duck Dash.
For more information contact Shannon Sapna at 629-9173. Vendor spots are still available.
Archaeology discussion set
Archaeology is the subject of the program being presented at the Methodist Manor House on Middleford Road, Seaford, on Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m.
Michael Ciosek of Wilmington will be the speaker. He is the co-founder and president of the Friends of Brandywine Springs. He will talk about the history and archaeological efforts at that site (1886-1923) and the Kutzenjammer Fun House (1907-1923). He will show slides and display artifacts, coins, early electrical fixtures and pottery found during the digs.
The public is invited. There is no charge. The program is sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society, the Methodist Manor House and the Seaford Public Library. For more information call 628-5631 or 628-7788.
Spring Festival is June 1
The Greenwood Mennonite School will hold its 16th annual spring festival Saturday, June 1, on the school grounds.
The day begins with an old-fashioned, all-you-can-eat breakfast, served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. At 9 a.m., the outdoor booths will open, featuring fresh-made foods, handcrafted items, antiques, books, new and used kids items, plants, plus a petting zoo, rides and a quilting demonstration.
Antique tractors will be featured this year, along with an auction.
All proceeds from the festival benefit the 74-year-old Greenwood Mennonite School, the longest-running Mennonite elementary school in the United States. The school is located on Mennonite School Road, between routes 16 and 36, east of Greenwood.
Trap Pond celebration planned
Trap Pond Partners, a non-profit volunteer group, is sponsoring a Celebration at Trap Pond State Park Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Face painting, hayrides and clowns will be available. The Delaware State Police will have the Medivac helicopter and police dogs at the park. There will be free fingerprinting for all children. Big Brother/Big Sister, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Sussex County will have information booths at the park. In addition there will be a canoe and kyack demonstration as well as plans for a new bike trail unveiled. The Delaware State’s attorney Jane Brady and state Sen. Robert Venables will also join in the celebration. Musical entertainment will be provided by Shelly Abbott.
Hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and sodas will be sold by the Trap Pond partners.
The partners are looking for vendors to demonstrate and/or sell their crafts. They also are looking for anyone with antique farm equipment and/or automobiles to be displayed.
Anyone interested in being a vendor or displaying antique farm equipment or vintage automobiles may call the park office at 875-5153, or Allan Shulder at 875-2479.
Pool memberships available
The Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation is taking pool memberships for the summer season. The pool offers swimming lessons and is available for rent for parties. It sponsors Teen Splash parties throughout the summer.
Call the recreation office at 629-6809 to register.
City offering summer program
The Seaford Department of Parks and Recreation is sponsoring its Summer Playground for children in grades one through six again this year. Included will be field trips, bowling, swimming and trips to the new Jay’s Nest Playground. Cost is $45 per child per week and $40 per child per week if there is more than one child from the same family. For more information call the recreation office at 629-6809.
Snethen Church social set
The annual Snethen Church Social will be Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring oyster and chicken salad sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs, oyster and chicken salad platters, baked goods, vegetable soup, dumplings and homemade ice cream. The church is located on Delaware 54, Mardela Springs, Md., (8 miles west of the US 13 stoplight at Delmar.)
Dog match to be June 9
The Mispillion Kennel Club is hosting an AKC-sanctioned dog match Sunday, June 9, at the Slaughter Beach Fire Company grounds. The match will begin with four levels of dog obedience competition at 9 a.m. Three classes of junior showmanship, for young handlers under 18 years of age, will begin at 10:30 a.m. Conformation exhibition, starting with 3-month-old pups, will begin at 11 a.m. The match will be held outdoors, rain or shine. Admission for spectators is free.
Riverfest sign-ups now
Entries are being sought for the Nanticoke Riverfest Little/Junior Miss Pageant and youth fishing tournament, both part of the Riverfest planned for June 21 and 22.
Contestants for the Little Miss Riverfest pageant must be between 3 and 6 and those for the Junior Miss Riverfest must be between 7 and 10. The pageant will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The cost to enter the pageant is $5. All who participate will receive a gift bag.
Participants in the fishing tournament must be between 3 and 12. There is no entry fee. The tournament will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Those who sign up in advance will receive a gift bag.
For details, contact Shannon Sapna or Laura Cannon at 629-9173 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or lcannon@seaford. de.com.