Community Day set for Sunday
Annual event features vendors, games, food, music
Children’s games, food vendors, craft vendors, musical performances and dozens of community groups will take over the University of Delaware Green on Sunday for the 46th annual Community Day.
The popular festival is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on The Green between Main Street and Memorial Hall. Nearly 200 vendors are signed up.
“Local businesses and nonprofit organizations will gather on The Green to highlight their organization and engage the public with information about their mission, activities, volunteer opportunities and more,” city spokeswoman Kelly Bachman said. “Fine artists, crafters and retail businesses will be selling their creations and wares throughout the day.”
Food vendors will line Delaware Avenue, and a children’s area featuring games and a scarecrowmaking station will be near Memorial Hall.
A number of musical, dance and other performances are scheduled throughout the day on two stages, one in front of Memorial Hall and one in front of Wolf Hall.
The main act is country artist Devin Dawson, who is best known for his single, “All on Me” and will perform in front of Memorial Hall at 3:30 p.m.
The Devin Dawson concert is organized by the Havre de Grace, Md., radio station WXCY, which has teamed up with the city for several years to bring upand-coming country acts first to Newark Nite and now to Community Day.
“That always gets a big draw,” Recreation Superintendent Paula Ennis said. “We’re looking forward to hearing Devin Dawson.”
New this year will be curling demonstrations by the Diamond State Curling Club, the public works department’s interactive game to test attendees’ recycling knowledge and CPR demonstrations by Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Co.
Many of the vendors, though, will be familiar faces.
“The same things people have been enjoying for years will be back,” Ennis said. “It’s a chance for families to come out and stroll around to see what opportunities are out there in the community.”
Community Day is free and open to the public. Free parking is available at city-run lots on Main Street and behind UD’s Pearson Hall on Haines Street.
Delaware Avenue, between South College Avenue and Academy Street, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Volunteers Kaitlin Applegate, Melanie Altemus and Adrianne Lopez entertain themselves in the scarecrow-making area during last year’s Community Day.