Annual Celebration of Tourism is Western Theme Kent County tourism to recognize Delaware State Fair as 2009 tourism attraction of the year


DOVER, DE — Calling all cowgirls and cowboys…to the 18th Annual Celebration of Tourism in Kent County, set for Friday, November 6 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino’s® Rollins Center. This year’s event will recognize the Delaware State Fair, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary.

The event will get underway at 6 p.m. with cocktails and heavy hors oeuvres. Guests are invited to don their western apparel including boots, hats, jeans and more, though western wear is optional. The band “The Draw,” an eight-piece classic rock ‘n’ roll band, will provide dance music. The Draw will perform favorites from The Beatles, Allman Brothers, Average White Band, Chicago, Spencer Davis Group and more during the event. A mechanical bull will be “ready to ride” for those craving the wild west.

Highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2009 Tourism of the Year award being presented to Delaware State Fair’s President and CEO, Bill Dimondi of Dover. Also presented will be the Kent County Tourism Partner of the Year and Tourism Volunteer of the Year.

“The Committee felt that the Delaware State Fair lends itself nicely to a western theme,” said Robin Coventry, Director of Special Events and Public Relations for Kent County Tourism. “This year’s event will be all about the fun — good food, good people, good music and good times.”

Ms. Coventry noted that the public is encouraged to join the Kent County Tourism Staff and Board of Directors for this year’s salute to tourism. “Tourism is one of Delaware’s leading industries and so important to the economy in Kent County,” Ms. Coventry said. “This affair will demonstrate just how much fun we have in the hospitality business, so put on your boots, hat and jeans and join us,” she added.

Tickets for the event will be $40 per person, which includes heavy hors oeuvres from a western flair menu created especially for this event by Dover Downs Hotel and Casino’s Chef Randy, a turn or two on the mechanical bull and “all the dancing you can do” to live music. In addition, several silent auction items will be available, “and it’s a great opportunity to find some unique gifts and bargains just in time for holiday gift-giving,” Ms. Coventry added.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Kent County Tourism at 302-734-4888. Kent County Tourism is a non-profit organization with a mission to create positive economic develop through tourism for the residents and businesses of Kent County.