Event helps to celebrate nature of the Nanticoke

By Ronald MacArthur

The 10th annual Nanticoke Riverfest is just one week away. The event in downtown Seaford and along the shores of the Nanticoke River will take place on Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10. Many events are on the busy schedule which starts with entertainment and food on Friday at 6 p.m. Oyster sandwiches, barbecue chicken, PK pizza, drinks, and ice cream will be available on Friday night. Autumn Bay and Truitt’ Sub Shop on High Street will be open for business as well. The Nanticoke Float-In is the event that started it all and attracts more than 600 people who float and tube down the Nanticoke. The float-in will take place on Saturday, July 10, starting at 2 p.m. There is a change in the event this year. For safety reasons, all floaters under the age of 16 must wear a lifejacket. The committee is urging all floaters to wear a lifejacket, but will require all youth to wear one. A limited number of tubes ($10) will be for sale the day of the event. A limited number of lifejackets will also available for sale. Entertainment is another highlight of Riverfest and the schedule for the 2004 event is another full one. Entertainment will take place throughout the event on two stages. The highlights of the event will include Mike Hines and the Look (sponsored by Pizza King) on Friday, July 9, from 8 to 11 p.m. and the Ray Cannon’s Nightlife Band (sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Seaford) on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. The Swing City Band will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. All entertainment is free and will take place in the parking lot of Mt. Olivet Church just off High Street in downtown Seaford. Matt Esham will perform at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. There will be other entertainment throughout the day on Saturday including the first Gong Show sponsored by Froggy 99.9 and Carteret Mortgage from 3 to 6 p.m.
The youth fishing tournament will take place on Saturday at 10 a.m. along the Nanticoke Riverwalk. There will also be a duck calling contest and a retriever demonstration. Canoe and kayak races will start at 9 a.m. The Seaford Museum will be open and will feature dancing by Nanticoke Indians on Saturday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. and again from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Ducks ($5) are available for the Nanticoke Duck Dash at the City of Seaford and the Seaford Star and at the information booth on Saturday. The Dash will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday near the Riverwalk. The Stine Amusements Carnival will take place on Thursday, July 8, from 6 to 10 p.m., on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nearly 75 vendors will line High Street on Saturday including everything from food to arts and crafts. There will be a carnival, inflatables, a climbing wall and other children’s activities, canoe jousting, the annual canoe and kayak races, the annual Southern Delaware Street Rod Association show (9 a.m.), the Little and Miss Riverfest Pageant (10 a.m.), and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle ride-in (11 a.m.). The Mayor’s Challenge Row Boat Race will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Nanticoke Health Services will offer screenings and have booths set up. Many non-profit and state agencies will have booths. Downtown business will have demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday. Shuttle service will be available from the Fred Douglass Elementary School parking lot. The theme of this year’s event is Lazy Days on the Nanticoke. For more information contact one of the following: vendors information, Wendy Pinkine, 629-9173; general information, Ron Breeding, 628-6002.

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