Although most are no longer involved in agriculture, many Delawareans continue to identify themselves as farmers. The State's community celebrations reinforce this identity. Some events celebrate shared memories and values for a home audience, while others invite visitors to experience local culture. Agricultural fairs, museum programs, decoy carving contests, tractor-pulls and town festivals draw large crowds. These occasions seek to educate young people, visitors and new residents and inspire respect for the region's rich rural heritage. These community celebrations reflect our cultural identity and our evolving traditions. Farms are a new gathering place, where purchasing Halloween pumpkins and Christmas trees becomes a family ritual.
Middletown seeks to hold on to its agricultural past and small-town spirit, even thought community emphasis has shifted away from farming. The "Old Tyme" Peach Festival in Middletown offers longtime residents and newcomers alike the opportunity to fundraise for community projects while honoring the town's agricultural past. In Harrington, the Delaware State Fair continues to showcase the livestock and produce much as fairs did a century ago, but with the addition of concerts, carnivals and a circus. In Bridgeville, the annual Apple-Scrapple Festival is reminiscent of rural fairs of the past, but attracts an outside audience of forty thousand. The annual "Punkin' Chunkin" is inspired by the fall harvest, but brings participants from all over the country, and a huge audience of television viewers for a competition that is anything but traditional.
Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village
866 N Dupont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901
Tues. to Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday
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