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Registration Now Open for Dover Days Festival

DOVER, DE – Get ready, set and go! The 80th annual Dover Days planning committee is pleased to announce that applications are now open and online for the 2013 Dover Days Festival, set for May 3-5 in Dover, DE.

The following participants are needed:

  • Crafts vendors, artists and artisans; resellers, home and trade show, non-profits and food vendors;
  • Parade participants including marching bands, drill teams, floats, dignitaries, civic groups, youth organizations, marching units and more;
  • Pet parade participants including costumed and non-costumed pets, rolling units and floats;
  • Colonial and Victorian demonstrating artisans;
  • Re-enactment groups (World Wars, Civil War, Revolutionary War);
  • Car show participants for a 26-trophy, judged car show;
  • Corn hole tournament players; and
  • Plein air artists for two plein air competitions with cash and prizes.

Applications are now online on the official festival website, Each application has registration information, deadlines and details. Applications can also be mailed, emailed or faxed by calling Kent County Tourism, producers of the event, at 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.

"In addition to traditional activities such as maypole dancing by 300 costumed school children, historic re-enactments and demonstrating artisans," said Lorraine Dion, Festival Coordinator, "Dover Days is a unique blend of old and new, such as our fireworks show on Friday evening, our lecture series and plein air arts competition."

In 2012, the event was named a “Top 100 USA Event” by the American Bus Association, the first event in Kent County to receive the honor. It is the largest festival in Kent County; in 2012, more than 38,000 festival-goers enjoyed this free-admission event, which celebrates the history and heritage of the First State's capital city.

To celebrate the 80th anniversary, the event will officially open on Sunday, April 28 with a special visit by William Penn, an historical interpreter from the American Historical Theatre of Philadelphia. It was Penn who chartered Kent County and ordered his surveyors to lay out the town in 1683. A lecture, workshop and performance series will follow Monday through Thursday, May 2.

Friday, May 2’s events get underway at 6 p.m. with entertainment on Legislative Mall followed by fireworks. Saturday kicks off with Dover’s largest parade, pet parade, 300+ crafts and food vendors, Colonial and Victorian crafts demonstrators, entertainment stage, reenactments and more; Sunday will continue with a plein air arts competition, arts, crafts and food vendors, a vintage baseball game, corn hole tournament and a judged car show.

For more information including vendor/exhibitor registration forms, car show entry forms, pet parade registration forms or weekend lodging packages, visit, follow us on Facebook (Dover Days) or call Kent County Tourism, producers of the event, at 302-734-4888 or 800-233-5368.

PHOTO: Registrations are now open for the 80th anniversary Dover Days Festival, May 3-5, 2013. The “Ye Olde Colonial Soap Maker,” Ron Bessette of Dover, soaps up a visitor at last year’s event. Applications are online at Photo/C.M. Baker Photography


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2012 Event Schedule




 African American Festival

 Saturday, June 23rd
1pm – 2pm

Legislative Mall

First Friday in July

Friday, July. 6th
5pm – 8pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

4th of July

Wednesday, July 4th
1pm – 7pm

Legislative Mall

First Friday in August

Friday, Aug. 3rd
5pm – 7pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Beach Party on Main Street

Friday, Aug. 3rd
5pm – 8pm

 Downtown Dover Corridor

First Friday in September

 Friday, Sept. 7th
5pm – 7pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Amish County Bike Tour

Saturday, Sept. 8th
7am – 5pm

 Legislative Mall

NASCAR Race Weekend

 Sat. 29th – Sun. 30th
7am 7pm

Dover Downs

First Friday in October

 Friday, Oct. 5th
5pm – 7pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Delaware State Homecoming Parade

 Saturday, Oct. 20th
1pm – 2pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Wesley College Homecoming


 Saturday, Oct.
10am – 12pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Safe, Spooky Halloween

 Saturday, Oct. 27
10:30am - 12:30pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

First Friday in November

 Friday, Nov. 2nd
5pm – 7pm

Downtown Dover Corridor

Capital Holiday Celebration

 Wednesday, Nov. 28th
6pm – 7:30pm

City Hall

First Friday in December

 Friday, Dec. 7th
5pm – 7pm

 Downtown Dover Corridor

Home for the Holidays

 Saturday, Dec. 1st
11am – 4pm

 Downtown Dover Corridor

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