Harrington prepares for 38th annual Heritage Day

HARRINGTON — The 38th Annual Harrington Heritage Day will begin a day early this year with the help of Silhouette Song, a three generation deep band from Ridge-ly, Md.

The band consists of Doris Myers on guitar; her daughter and son-inlaw Brandy and Justin Bedo on vocals, mandolin and banjo; and their own children, Layna and Landon, on piano, ukulele and bass guitar. They will perform at the Norman Barlow Pavilion Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. with a blend of country, country- rock, jazz, folk and bluegrass.

“There really wasn’t anything else on Friday night except a couple of food vendors who have to come in and place their trucks,” Harrington Parks & Recreations Director Bill Falasco said. “So there’s a little bit of time there to do something extra. We’ll see how people respond.”

Traditional Heritage Day fun begins Saturday, Aug. 27 at 9 a.m. with the annual parade as it moves from Lake Forest South Elementary School through town.

“People get excited about the parade. Some of them show up as early as 7 or 8 o’clock,” Mr. Falasco said.

Using the traditional Harrington parade route, the Heritage Day Parade will end back at South Elementary where it began, he added.

Heritage Day schedule and events. Special to The Journal/harrington.delaware.gov

Heritage Day schedule and events. Special to The Journal/harrington.delaware.gov

Opening ceremonies will begin following the parade at 9:45 a.m. at the pavilion as Cheryl Harrington brings the national anthem to the crowd and Harrington Mayor Anthony Moyer offers opening remarks.

Children’s activities will be held throughout the day in the parking lot of the Harrington Historical Society and Museum to include basketball skills, inflatables and other activities.

The free entertainment stage, featuring the First State Law Enforcement Band, Delmarva Railroaders, Flatland Drive and The Hrupsa Sisters will be next to the Harrington Police Station.

Other featured elements of the day include the First State Antique Tractor Club, a model airplane display by the Kent County Aero Modelers in the senior center parking lot and a car show by the Southern Delaware Street Rods, which brought in 75 cars last year, will be held in the M& T parking lot.

Traditional craft demonstrations and vendors can be found in the WSFS parking lot although with crafters and information booths spread out throughout the area.

A petting zoo, food court, Boy Scout teepee and a roaming juggler, puppeteer and ventriloquist will also be found in downtown Harrington during Heritage Day.

“How often do the kids actually get to talk to the farmers, sit on tractors, go down to the vendors and see old time crafts and actually get to an event where they have a little bit of everything,” Mr. Falasco asked. “They get to see people with airplane models, they get to talk to these people who actually do these things as hobbies. You have food and camaraderie of seeing someone you haven’t seen all year.”

Fire Company holds events

After the Harrington Fire Company shows off its trucks during the parade, visitors are invited to the company from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. for an open house.

More food trucks will be available in the parking lot and several activities will be held for children such as a mini firefighter challenge where children 12 and under can complete an obstacle course using items used by firefighters.

Children will also be able to “put out the fire” by squirting water at a target.

For the older crowd, a craft beer tasting and cornhole tournament has been scheduled throughout the day.

Craft beer tasting will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those interested. Participants must be 21-yearsold or older.

The cost is $20 in advance or $30 at the door and includes a tasting glass and six tasting tokens.

According to the Harrington Fire Company, the following attending breweries will include Big Oyster Brewery, Mispillion River Brewing, Fordham and Dominion Brewing, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Blue Earl Brewing Company, 16 Mile Brewing Company, 3rd Wave Brewing Co., RAR Brewing and Dogfish Head Beer.

A cornhole tournament will also take place with the first toss starting at 1 p.m.

Registration is $50 per two-person team. Each match will be the best two out of three. For up 20 teams, the top four will be paid out, according to the department.

As a fundraiser, 50 percent of the registration costs will go toward the department while 50 percent goes toward the winning pay outs.

Registration for the cornhole tournament will close at noon on Heritage Day.

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