DOVER, DE — WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? If you were surrounded by a costumed dog or iguana, antique tractors a knight in shining armor, men and women in Civil or WWII uniforms accompanied by great music and song in the air, where would you be? Why it’s the 76th Dover Days Festival scheduled May 1-3 in Dover, Delaware, also known as the Capital City of the First State.
This year the event kicks off with a free admission “Tourism Gives Back” concert event Friday, May 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Legislative Mall, located at 406 Federal Street in Dover. Pull out your lawn chair or spread a blanket on the grass surrounded by beautiful historic buildings in the heart of the Capital City, and let the entertainment begin! Check out the antique cars, street rods and hot rods “Cruising In” that night on Duke of York Street. Tap your toes or dance to the “Funsters,” let the kids enjoy carnival rides and buy a fresh-cooked dinner from the award-winning griller, Rob Fox of BBQ Grills, concocting his special Kirby and Holloway pulled-pork sandwiches. While admission to the event is free of charge, attendees are encouraged to bring a can good that will be donated to a local food pantry.
Saturday, May 2, aside from the typical Dover Days activities this year, expect a plethora of family oriented activities. “Camptown Doo Da All The Doo Da Day” will feature encampments beginning with the Renaissance Period, Native American Indians, Civil War and WWII. Delaware’s agricultural past will be represented by an antique tractor show provided by the Delaware Antique Tractor Club.
The Holy Cross International Food Festival is back this year with ethnic foods from Poland, Italy, Cuba, Africa, Philippines and African-American cuisine that will be available from 12-noon to 7 p.m.
First State Heritage Park will conduct children’s scavenger hunts inside Legislative Hall. Just next door children can participate in an interactive play presented by the Delaware State Archives titled “Why Does Delaware Have Such A Strange Shape?”
The biggest new addition this year is a separate Costumed Pet Parade! Pet owners can dress their animals in costumes (colonial costumes preferred) and strut their stuff during a special parade just for animals. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. No livestock please. Applications can be found on our website @link href=’http://www.visitdover.com’target=”_blank”>www.visitdover.com/link.
Sunday, May 3, the Historical Society of Camden will host Historic Homes of Camden house tours and the Dover Symphony will perform its annual Dover Days Concert at the Schwartz Center in Dover. Stay tuned for more exciting family friendly features coming to the 76th Dover Days Festival. For more information or a pet parade registration form, visit www.visitdover.com or call Kent County Tourism, producers of the event, at 800-233-5368 or 302-734-4888.