Caroline Summerfest celebrates 30 years
DENTON — The town of Denton host thousands of people Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18, for the 30th annual Caroline Summerfest.
Visitors gathered in downtown Denton along Market Street between First and Third streets for the end of summer event, which featured fireworks, entertainment and music for all ages.
The festival once again saw Gov. Larry Hogan, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and Comptroller Peter Franchot visit the Caroline County town.
Franchot walked downtown and presented a proclamation Friday. Hogan and Rutherford made their tripSaturday, greeting visitors and taking in the sights.
“I love this event every
year because it brings people together,” said Hogan who also visited Summerfest in 2014 and 2016. “Not only does the whole county come out, but they get people visiting from all over. It is a community with so much character and wonderful people. It has some of the nicest people you will ever find.”
Lining both sides of the street were local churches, children’s groups, civic organizations and more. They were all selling food to raise money, raffling off merchandise or raising awareness for specific causes.
“Every single group that is active in the community is out here,” Hogan said. “It is a great, charitable event. Everyone is out here raising money for various causes and raising awareness.
“They got great snow cones,” he said. “Everyone is having fun. I just want to congratulate the people of Denton and Caroline County for a wonderful job for putting this on.”
Hogan presented a proclamation to the local organizers for the event, as well as a special plaque with a key to the town of Denton to Paul Belanger for his 30 years old entertaining crowds at Caroline Summerfest. Belanger’s act includes walking on stilts all through town during Summerfest.
On Friday, Franchot walked through downtown and said hello to volunteers and visitors. He praised the volunteers for their 30 years of dedication, and called Caroline Summerfest, “An iconic Maryland festival.”
“This event brings thousands of people together from all over the state,” he said. “To be here for 30 years shows the commitment and love the community and volunteers have for Summerfest. It is a first-class event all the way around.”
After opening ceremonies, marching bands from Colonel Richardson and North Caroline high school performed for the crowd. Each drumline got the spotlight with a dueling performance. The bands then played a few songs together before giving the crowd a sneak peak at each field show.
The weather cooperated with no rain each day but, but temperatures reached the 90s, creating a humid atmosphere. Caroline County Emergency Services, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Denton police and other first responders all attended the festival to help any citizen affected by the heat. Emergency services said everyone made out well.
Saturday afternoon, officials honored the achievements by local athletes this summer. Members of the Caroline County Special Olympics team received awards for winning state championships in 2018. Also, the Caroline Junior League and Senior League baseball teams were honored for winning their respective state championships in July.
The festival culminated with a fireworks display over downtown Denton.
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Gov. Larry Hogan, center, gets a picture with the Raptors baseball team at Caroline Summerfest Saturday, Aug. 18, in Denton.
A North Caroline High School Band of Blue member plays the saxophone at Caroline Summerfest in Denton Friday, Aug. 17.