Riverfest 2008 new features are big success

By Daniel Richardson

Public participation was a key element to the success of this year's Riverfest, according to Amy Walls, co-chair of the Riverfest Committee. Walls said that registration for every event was up this year. Float-in participation was up by more than 100, bringing the total number of floaters this year to 500. The youth fishing tournament was also up and participation in the 5K run nearly doubled from last year. Even two more mayors participated in the mayor's challenge. "We were definitely pleased with the turnout," said Walls. New to the Riverfest this year was the survivor challenge. Eleven teams of six people took part in the obstacle course-like event. "We got so many compliments on the survivor challenge," said Walls. "I couldn't believe how many people showed up just to watch." The Riverfest Committee plans to bring the event back next year. Riverfest has traditionally been held on Friday and Saturday, but this year Thursday night was added to the schedule. "We wanted to reach people that might not go to Riverfest on Friday or Saturday because it is too hot or the parking was too far away," said Walls. The Seaford Ministerial Association put on a gospel show on Thursday night and the Nanticoke River Arts set up a display in Gateway Park. The Chesapeake Brass Band, a 35-piece all-brass band, presented a free concert at Gateway Park. A smaller section of downtown was blocked off so that closer parking would be available and the carnival also opened on Thursday night. "We were pleased to see a more mature crowd," said Walls. Thursday night will be a part of next year's Riverfest schedule as well and Walls believes that there will be an even larger turnout next year. Information on next year's Riverfest as well as highlights from this year's event can be found by going to nanticokeriverfest.com. Here is a list of the winners:

Survivor Challenge

Co-Ed Team
5-2-1- (Nemours Health)
Pizza King
Wild Hogs - 2nd Run
A-Team (#3 City of Seaford)
Superstars (#2 City of Seaford)
Nanticoke Rotary
Penny Tribe (#1 City of Seaford)
Wild Hogs

Women's Team
The Fireflies
Fellowship Fearless

Team Spirit Award
Fellowship Fearless

Duck Dash
1st Heat
Tiffany Redd
Diane Roth
Mickey Kretchmer

2nd Heat
Carol Chipman
Paul Birch
Kirby Wilson

Gong Show
They sang. They danced. They played guitar. They braved the gong during the 5th and final Riverfest Gong Show on the main stage Saturday, July 12. Froggy 99.9 with main sponsor Seaford Federal Credit Union awarded cash & prizes to talented area performers. Winners were Michelle Sherman of Milford who sang "The Woman in Me" and took the $150 cash prize. Kaitlyn Hitchens of Millsboro won second place and the $100 prize and Brittany Trout of Seaford won 3rd prize and $50 cash.

Car Show
The Southern Delaware Street Rod Association was host for the car show at Riverfest. There were 123 participants this year. The top 20 award winners and their cars are: J. L. & Shirley Absher
1932 Ford Tudor
Charles Appler
1936 Ford TT
Bill Carr
1972 Chevy Pickup
Bruce Conover
1953 Ford Pickup
Don & Linda Kovel
1969 Olds Cutlass
Don Loubey
1963 Chevy Pickup
Darrell Loy
1923 Ford T
Joe & Sandi Massano
1966 Ford Mustang
Charles McMahan
1957 Ford T-Bird
Jan McMichael
1970 Dodge Challenger
Everett Nock
1950 Ford 2 Door
Sterling Payne
1967 Chevy Camaro
Norm Shuey
1968 Chevy Camaro
Bill Shuman
1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Pat SteenKen
1954 Chevy Pickup
Joe & Maria Tagliavia
1949 Ford Coupe
Mike & Brenda Unruh
1936 Chevy Pickup
Vicki Whaley
1969 Chevy Chevelle
H. Louis Wright
1930 Model A Ford
Ed Young
1938 Chevy Coupe

Mayor's Challenge

Bridgeville has apples and scrapples, Laurel has watermelons, so Seaford, with Allen's Hatchery, naturally has to feature eggs in its challenge. So an egg toss was this year's challenge. The winner of this year's Mayor's Challenge was 39th District Representative Daniel B. Short with his son-in-law, Aaron Popelas as his partner. Second place was Lewes Mayor James L. Ford, III, third place was Bridgeville Commission President Joe Conaway. Fourth was Mayor Ed Butler from Seaford, fifth was Mayor Edwin Lambden of Georgetown and sixth was Mayor John Schwed from Laurel.

Youth Fishing Tournament
Age Group 3-6
1st, Carson Mears, 23 inches
2nd, Amanda White, 22.25 inches
3rd, Conner Mears, 18 inches

Age Group 7-11
1st, Danielle Dobson, 51.75 inches
2nd, Matt Willey, 24.5 inches
3rd, Lilly Hitchens, 19.5 inches

Age Group 12-16
1st, Amanela Linweaver, 36.25 inches

2nd, Matt Wilson, 11.5 inches
3rd, Trey Milligan, 5.25 inches

Largest Fish by Male
Daniel Longo

Largest Fish by Female
Danielle Dobson

Most Unusual Catch
Lilly Manlove/Golden Shiner

Mayor's Choice
Kevin Walls of Georgetown

Children's Choice
Bill Hall of Elkton, Md.
Best In Show
Peggy Faulke of Milton

Delmarva Star
The Cat Country Delmarva Star winner was Danielle McTeer of Seaford. Carissa Meiklejohn of Bridgeville was the runner-up.

Little Miss 2008
Winner: Mikayla Dayton
Runner Up: Alana Mumford

Junior Miss 2008
Winner: Mackenzie Steele
Runner Up: Bethany Satterfield

Raffle Basket
Maria White

Girl's bike
The winner of the girl's bike was Bob Satterfield.

Boy's bike
The winner of the boy's bike was Amy Walls.
The winner of the hidden idol challenge was Sue Messick

Entertainment evaluation raffle winners were Alexis Cooper, who wins a Vera Bradley Pucini Small Duffel, and Tiffany Joseph, who wins a Vera Bradley Pinwheel Pink Satchel.

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