As you’re all surely aware, there hasn’t been a whole lot going on in the last few months in the way of local events. This is due, of course, to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic here in the region and around the world.
But we’re excited that we actually have quite a few local events to tell you about for this first weekend of August, all taking place at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
There’s definitely plenty to do in the area over the next few days, though events continue to be held with social distancing and other health mandated guidelines in place. But organizers are doing all they can to ensure a good time, while also promoting health and safety.
With that in mind, let’s get right into the meat of today’s blog. We’ve got eight great things to tell you about, so let’s get started with a quick video preview from Oldfather Group CEO Dustin Oldfather.
We begin this week with a return to the state fairgrounds in Harrington to tell you about the final two days of the 2020 Delaware State Fair, then move on to Ocean City and other local towns and municipalities.
Conclusion of the 2020 Delaware State Fair (July 30-August 1). This year’s admittedly much smaller version of the Delaware State Fair concludes this Saturday evening, August 1.
Attractions at this year’s fair include the always popular carnival that opens each day at 1 p.m., and features nearly four dozen rides. There’s also a good amount of food vendors and plenty of free entertainment, like the wildly entertaining Hollywood Racing Pigs, the inaugural Delaware State Fair appearance of the Disc-Connected K9s and much more.
There is no grandstand entertainment at the 2020 Delaware State Fair due to COVID-19 related health concerns.
Admission to the fair this year is free of charge daily from 8 to 11 a.m., is half-price from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is the full price of $9 for adults and $4 for ages 6-12 after 4 p.m.
To learn more about everything that’s happening this year at the Delaware State Fair, visit www.delawarestatefair.com.
2020 White Marlin Open (August 3-7). The world famous White Marlin Open returns to Ocean City for the 47th time next week, as some of the world’s best fishermen compete over five days in the world’s largest billfish tournament.
This year’s tournament will have a bit of a different feel due to health concerns, but organizers are working with the Worcester County Health Department to ensure that everyone can have a good time in a safe way.
Weigh-ins will again be held at Harbour Island, for example, but the capacity of spectators this year will be reduced significantly. However, there’s a new family friendly viewing experience for 2020 that will be located at the 3rd Street Bayside ballpark.
This new venue is a spot where people can cheer on the boats and their crews as they head to Harbour Island. Attendees can also view a live stream of the weigh-ins, purchase official White Marlin gear and enjoy concessions as part of a fun day at the beach.
In advance of the event, organizers have released important information for members of the public who plan on attending the event at either Harbour Island or at the ballpark, which we’re copying below.
For Spectators at Harbour Island
- Wristbands will be required to enter Harbour Island
- Wristband distribution will begin at 2 p.m. each day and will be given on a first-come, first-served basis
- Social distancing is strongly encouraged
- Face coverings are required for everyone over the age of 10
- Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout Harbour Island
- Chairs, blankets and coolers are not permitted at Harbour Island
For Spectators at 3rd Street
- Social distancing is strongly encouraged
- Face coverings are recommended but not required at this location
- Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the ballpark
- Coolers are not permitted
- Chairs and blankets are permitted
For more on the 2020 White Marlin Open in Ocean City, visit www.whitemarlineopen.com.
Christmas in July in Rehoboth Beach (July 30-31). The final two days of the 2020 Christmas in July event in downtown Rehoboth Beach are scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, July 30-31.
Enjoy a festive downtown atmosphere, with holiday decorations, Christmas music, great shopping options, wonderful food, dining options and much more.
With the difficult year downtown merchants have experienced thus far in 2020, this is a great chance to come down to Rehoboth Avenue, and surrounding streets, and show your support. It’s greatly appreciated!
Visit Rehoboth Beach Main Street online for more information.
Millsboro and Milford Dog Parks Now Open (Ongoing). Two new dog parks are now once again open to members of the public, one in Millsboro and the other just a bit north in Milford.
These new parks were built largely due to the success of the popular Lewes Unleashed Dog Park that opened in downtown Lewes in August of 2016.
The relatively new park in Millsboro is located on town-owned property off Wilson Highway. It actually opened in the spring but word is just now getting out about the park, which is open every day from dawn until dusk.
The Milford park opened a few months ago but was closed for several months due to Delaware’s state of emergency regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
It reopened on Friday, July 24, and is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The Milford Dog Park is located on Marshall Street downtown.
10th Annual Wings of Hope – A Butterfly Release (August 1). This year’s 10th annual Wings of Hope event is going to be a little different than in past years, but the good folks at the Tunnell Cancer Center in Rehoboth Beach are promising a memorable and fulfilling event nonetheless.
Beginning at 9 a.m., on Saturday, August 1, the 2020 event will feature the release of live butterflies in honor of those in our area who have been touched by cancer in any form.
Admission to the 2020 Wings of Hope will be limited to those who have purchased or are interested in purchasing a live butterfly, as well as sponsors of the event.
For those who can’t attend the live event, a video replay will be available online at www.cancersupportdelaware.org beginning on Monday, August 3.
For more information, visit the Cancer Support Center of Delaware online.
10th Annual Car-Truck-Bike Show (August 1). The 10th annual Car-Truck-Bike Show is scheduled for this Saturday, August 1, at the CHEER Community Center just east of downtown Georgetown.
Expect a community barbecue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., music from the always entertaining Sky Brady, lots of great automobiles to check out and more.
For more information, call either 302-515-3048 or 302-945-7122, or visit the event page online.
Quarantine Cat Film Festival (July 31). Now here’s an event that’s a little off the beaten path, but one we’re sure the pet lovers among us will enjoy. And that’s a local film festival that revolves around some wild and crazy cats.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us, and that includes our pets. But the Rehoboth Beach Film Society has turned a negative into a positive by compiling videos of some of the cutest, bravest and wildest cat videos that have been compiled by more than 1,200 amateur filmmakers and turned into what organizers are calling a “Quarantine Cat Film Festival.”
All submissions were filmed during the recent quarantines and shelter in place restrictions and total 70 minutes of videos any cat lover would love to see.
This event takes place at the Cinema Art Theater, located on Dartmouth Drive in Lewes.
For more information, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society online.
Movies on the Beach/Lefty’s (July 30-August 3). Outdoor movies continue in the coming days, both on the beach in Dewey and at Lefty’s Alley & Eats in Lewes.
The next “movie on the beach” offering in Dewey will be on Monday, August 3, beginning at approximately 8:30 p.m. Next Monday’s selection is “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.”
Movies in Dewey are held on the beach at Dagsworthy Avenue.
At the outdoor theater at Lefty’s in Lewes, this weekend’s selections are “National Lampoon’s Vacation” on Thursday, “I Know What You Did Last Summer” on Friday, “The Breakfast Club” on Saturday and Clear Space Theatre’s production of “The Wedding Singer” on Sunday.
Visit www.iloveleftys.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
And whatever you plan on doing this weekend, have a great time here in the coastal region.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!