Summerfest returns Friday, Saturday
— Caroline Summerfest, the annual end of August tradition, returns this week to downtown Denton for its 29th edition.
The free summer celebration will be held on Market Street between 1st and 3rd streets on Friday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 19, culminating with a large fireworks display over downtown Saturday night. This year’s features a circus theme, “‘The Greatest Show on Earth.”
Last year, more than 11,000 people packed the streets of Denton for Caroline Summerfest.
“Caroline Summerfest is a celebration of our community and uniqueness,” said Denton Mayor Abigail McNinch. “There is something for everyone. We have great food from so many local nonprofits. There are activities for children, and it is a great musical showcase. We hope to see everyone come downtown.
“This is a volunteer-driven event,” she said. “The volunteers are amazing for organizing Summerfest. It shows our positive collaboration for the community.”
This year, the event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event features three performance stages, nonprofit food and craft vendors, KidzArt!, car show and the annual Rivah Run.
The music begins at 5:15 p.m. Friday. Acts performing on Friday include Choptank River Big Band, Guthrie Mathews Method, Jon Benson and Friends, River and Rhodes, Flatline Drive, Silhouette Song, New and Spare Fools and Mike Hines and the Look.
The opening ceremony
will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Caroline County Courthouse. The opening features performances by the Colonel Richardson High School Spirit of the Revolution Band and the North Caroline High School Band of Blue.
Friday also features a classic car show. The classic car show will be located below 1st Street. Check is at 5 p.m. and the car show runs fro 6 to 10 p.m. Trophies will be given to the top 25.
Saturday features the Rivah Run, a 2-mile paddle from Martinak State Park in Denton to the Choptank River Yacht Club. Check-in will start at 9 a.m.
Pre-registration is recommended for the Rivah Run, but registration will be accepted on-site the day of the event. To register, visit carolinerecreation.com to sign up online or call 410-479-8120. The cost is $15 per paddler in advance and $20 the day of the event.
The downtown festivities begin at noon Saturday with the performance schedule starting at 2 p.m. Acts performing on Friday include American Uke Box, Butler and Jamison. Mike Elzey and Shea Stringer, Slim Harrison and the Rock Candy Cloggers, Belly Circus, Silhouette Song, Music Ka-Zoo, Penny Pistelero, Jeff Washington Band, Courthouse Community Band, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, Dance Showcase, Mark Lohr and Company, Sunnyland Jug Jazz Band, Aerialist and Amazing Hooping.
KidzArt! returns to Summerfest for another year and will again feature a variety of family-friendly, free activities and crafts at the open lot off Market and Third streets under the big tent until 8 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
George Jackson will have his 2017 Christmas scrolls to sign for U.S. troops overseas at Caroline Summerfest Friday and Saturday in Denton. The scrolls, which will be sent to the troops for Christmas, will be located near the front of the circuit courthouse in Denton.
Caroline Summerfest is a pet-free, wheel-free and alcohol-free event. Park your bicycle, scooters and skateboards on the bike racks at Third and Gay streets.
The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Caroline County Council of Arts, Maryland State Arts Council and Maryland Tourism Development Board. The Town of Denton and Caroline County Recreation and Parks produce the event with the volunteer support of hundreds of citizens. More than 100 area businesses and nonprofits support the festival through donations and in-kind gifts.
For more information, call 410-479-8120 or visit www.carolinesummerfest.com.
Like the event on Facebook for festival updates at facebook.com/carolinesummerfest.
Caroline Summerfest in downtown Denton features many performances including the North Caroline Band of Blue, left, and the Colonel Richardson Spirit of the Revolution Band.
Brayden Brooks enjoys the sand at the 2016 Caroline Summerfest in downtown Denton.