Riverfest includes carnival, float-in
By Lynn R. Parks
The sixth annual Riverfest, sponsored by the city of Seaford and the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce, will be Saturday, Aug. 5. Festival goers will enjoy several familiar activities - the Float-In, the Duck Dash, bands performing in Gateway Park. New this year will be a carnival, set up by Stine's Amusements, Elkton, Md., from 4 p.m. Friday to dark Saturday, and a Little Miss/Junior Miss Riverfest pageant. In addition, renovations in the downtown area, which have been ongoing for several months, will be virtually completed.
The Riverfest will kick off with a ribbon cutting near the east end of High Street, featuring local officials. The ribbon cutting, which will mark the official opening of the new downtown area, will be sponsored by the Downtown Seaford Association.
The carnival, to be set up in the fenced-in area on Water Street, will open at 10 a.m., as will the food vendors near the river walk and craft booths next to Caffe Sarajevo. The portions of Front and Market streets from High Street to the Blades Causeway bridge will be closed for a car show featuring classic, customized and antique vehicles.
Gateway Park will be the site for Little Miss and Junior Miss Riverfest pageants, scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Girls ages 3 to 6 will compete for Little Miss Riverfest and girls 7 to 10 will compete for Junior Miss Riverfest.
Canoe and kayak races will also get under way at 10 a.m. from the canoe launch at Water Street. Paddlers in 22 classes will race the 7.5-mile course along the Nanticoke, setting off from the canoe launch at the end of Water Street.
The Float-In will get under way at 12:15 p.m. Buses, provided by Video Den and the Nanticoke Senior Center, will take participants from Water Street to the launching site at the Nautico restaurant on US 13. People may use their own floating devices to go down the river and back to Water Street, about an hour float, or they may purchase large inner tubes for $3, donated by Service Tire. Cost for the Float-In is $2.
The Duck Dash will start at 1:30. Floating and numbered yellow ducks - which may be purchased for $3, two for $5 - will be released into a track set up in the river and will move toward South North Street. The first three ducks to cross the finish line will be declared the winners. All proceeds will benefit a local cause; last year's money went to the Seaford Mission.
The river will also be the site of a fishing tournament for children ages 6 to 12. The tournament, which starts at 2 p.m., is free; the winner is the child whose catches add up to the most ounces.
Three area bands will perform in Gateway Park during the day. Work Release will play at 11, Rumors at 1:30 and No Limits at 3. A misting tent, provided by Artesian Water, will be set up on the festival grounds and Mad magazine artist Bob Clark will be doing caricatures.
Bon voyage for seniors
The Nanticoke Senior Center is planning the following trips:
¥ To the Three Little Bakers' production of "The King and I," on Wednesday, Aug.
16. Cost is $45 for members and $55 for non-members. Bus will leave the senior
center at 3 p.m.
¥ To the Branson Music Fest, Oct. 9 through 14. The professionally guided tour
includes numerous musical shows and trips to favorite tourist spots. Participants
will stay at the Ramada Inn in Branson, Mo. Travel will be a round-trip flight out
of BWI and bus transportation will be provided in Branson.
Price is $839 double occupancy, which includes room, meals (breakfast and dinners
only), transportation and shows/tours.
¥ To the annual Christmas show at the Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre,
Wednesday, Nov. 8. The bus leaves the center at 3 p.m. Cost is $45 for members and
$50 for non-members. For more information call the center at 629-4939.
Biden staffer to speak
William Johnson, staff assistant for Sen. Biden's, will be at the Bridgeville
Senior Center Tuesday, Aug. 8, at 10:30 a.m. to answer questions and hear
Off to Christmas Spectacular
Seaford Parks and Recreation is planning a trip to the Christmas Spectacular at
Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, Nov. 26. Cost is $76 per person.
Bus leaves Seaford at 7:15 a.m. and returns to Seaford at 10 p.m. There will be
time for shopping before and after the show. For details, call 629-6809.
Christmas trip planned
The Bridgeville Senior Center is sponsoring a trip to the Three Little Bakers'
Christmas show Thursday, Dec. 21. The cost of the trip is $45. For reservations,
Freshmen to be welcome to SHS
"Operation Hello" (freshman orientation) will be held in the Seaford High School
auditorium on Thursday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. Students and parents are welcome.
Center selling books, accepting vendors
The Bridgeville Senior Center is taking reservations for the Entertainment 2001
Savings Book. This book offers coupons on local dining, movies, amusements, sports,
retailers and national chains. Please call Fran or Karen to reserve your book now.
The center is also accepting applications for the Apple Scrapple Festival Farmer's
Market, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. The deadline for crafters and vendors is
Sept. 1. For details, call Karen at 337-8771.