Sum­mer­fest re­turns Fri­day, Satur­day

Times-Record - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

— 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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Bray­den Brooks en­joys the sand at the 2016 Caro­line Sum­mer­fest in down­town Den­ton.

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