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Towne & Country Fair
Big event planned for next weekend

The 7th Annual Towne & Country Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Gov. Ross Plantation on Pine Street Extended, Seaford. The fair is jointly sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society and The Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce. (See insert in next week's edition.)

In addition to tours of the main house, visitors will see the recently restored Honeymoon Cottage, slave quarters, barn, granary, and "ham house."

The 2nd Maryland Infantry, Company G, CSA troops will be camped on the plantation grounds for the entire weekend. Learn how to build a fence, fire a musket, cook a meal and perform drills with the troops.

Many period demonstrators will be on hand including a blacksmith, soap maker, weavers, basket maker, and a broom maker, just to name a few. There will be antique and classic cars, antique tractors, craft vendors and exhibitors, local politicians, children's games and activities, and plenty of food.

Musical entertainment is scheduled throughout the day, including Living History Music featuring Erica and Kent Courtney, Whirl-A-Ways Square Dancer, Seaford High School Band, the Wicomicos, Danny Shivers and the Honeycombs.

Mrs. Delaware, Pam Laurion will help crown a "Little Miss" and many additional activities are planned for the Mansion porch stage area. Also scheduled is a re- enactment of a Civil War era christening (Dave and Christine Layton are the proud parents) and a Civil War era Ladies Fashion Show.

The all-day event begins with opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and ends with fireworks (sponsored by Wal-Mart) at dusk. Living History events, including a church service, will be held by the Civil War era troops on Sunday, Sept. 3.

Entrance to the Towne & Country Fair is free. There will be a minimal charge for children's activities and Mansion tours are $3. For additional information, contact the Greater Seaford Chamber of Commerce at 629-9690 or by e-mail

A full schedule of events and a corporate sponsor listing for the Towne Fair are on the chamber website:

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