Blades plans 100th anniversary celebration

By Mike McClure

The Town of Blades has been hard at work, planning its 100th anniversary celebration weekend, since November. As the event, scheduled for May 15-17, draws near, details of the activities are being finalized.

The three day celebration will primarily take place at the Blades Park, located at the intersection of East Sixth and Seventh Streets at Arch Street.

The town is still accepting items to go in its time capsule. To date, the town has received donations from local politicians and neighboring municipalities as well as the Nanticoke River Yacht Club, Blades Economic Development and the fire company.

Also included in the time capsule will be a document showing the town's history and the charter from 1915.

"Whoever opens this up in 100 years will have a lot of information of what Blades has been over the last 100 years," said Town Administrator Vikki Prettyman.

The celebration will begin on Friday, May 15 with a homecoming family dinner, starting at 6 p.m. The cost of the dinner is $8 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going to the town's fire company for it building fund.

The public is invited to bring chairs and blankets to the park . The mayor and council will be serving the dinner. Donations are still be accepted for the dinner, as well as other events.

The celebration continues Saturday, May 16 with activities from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., including a vintage car show, an antique tractor show, a parade, vendors and exhibitors, a craft show, kids activities and games, entertainment, and more.

Registration for the parade will take place at the State Farm parking lot on Route 13 at 10 a.m. followed by the lineup on Alt. 13 outside of town limits at 12:30 p.m., and the parade at 1 p.m. Visit www.blades.delaware.gov for a parade entry or for more information.

The car show will take place at the elementary school, while First State Antique Tractor Club will put on the tractor show. There will also be a large number of crafts including chair caning and a variety of food vendors.

Sandy Sunshine the Clown will be on hand for face painting from 10 a.m. to noon and balloon animals from noon to 1 p.m.

The Smooth Sound Dance band, part of the Milford Community band, will perform from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. A 15 string band will also perform before feature act Mike Hinds and the Look takes the stage from 5-7 p.m.

On Sunday, May 17, the Nanticoke Power and Sails squadron will put on the Nanticoke River Marine Park Festival atthe marina.

The Seaford Star will have more on the celebration and the history of Blades in future editions.

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