Colorful traditions: Heritage Day planned to continue celebrating 150th anniversary of Harrington

Fireworks and painted faces will light up Harrington later in August as the town celebrates its 41st Heritage Day August 24.

“Plans are being finalized now to make the 41st Annual Heritage Day better than ever. In partnership with the City of Harrington’s 150th Anniversary Committee, this year’s event will be larger than in the past,” Doug Poore of the Harrington Historical Society said.

Beginning with a 5K color run hosted by the Harrington Fire Department, festivities will last throughout the day. The color run will begin at 7 a.m. at 20 Clark Street in Harrington and promises to be a fun event for all ages.

“Whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an avid marathon runner, you’ll love the atmosphere and experience at the Heritage Day Color Run. You’re welcome to walk, run, dance, or skip, your way to the finish line,” according to Veronica Dickerson, fundraising chairperson with the fire company.

Participants will get “showered” with safe, eco-friendly, plant-based powdered dye throughout the route and again at the finish line celebrating the accomplishment. Registration must be done ahead of time for $25 per adult and $10 for children six to 15 years old. Children five and under can participate for free.

The annual Heritage Day Parade will begin shortly after the color run at 9 a.m. at Lake Forest South Elementary School, featuring active community members celebrating their own connections to the small town.

The day will continue with fun activities like a blessing of the combines, Civil War reenactors with the 2nd Delaware Civil War Infantry Reenactors group, vendors, a car show and more. Also new this year will be a peddle tractor pull activity for children.

Mr. Poore said it will be “a day full of family fun with food, demonstrations, craft vendors, historical displays, a movie and for the first time ever, fireworks. . . Harrington was founded in the 1700s. Each year, not only do we have food and vendors, but we take time to celebrate our past, without which our city would not have such a rich history.”

For avid Harrington volunteers and community members, a dinner will be held the night before Heritage Day to celebrate their accomplishments and dedication to the community.

“The dinner is a chance for civic leaders, businesses, local residents and guest to come together and celebrate our history, the people and businesses that have made a difference in our city of the past year as a Business of the Year and a Citizen of the Year will be recognized. Also, local organizations will be on hand to show how they are involved in our city,” Mr. Poore said.

Tickets for the dinner are $15 per adult or $7 for children 10 years old or younger. They can be purchased at City Hall or the Harrington Parks and Recreation Center, online at harrington150th.org or by calling Mr. Poore at 302-670-6158.

“The dinner is probably my favorite things about Heritage Day. We just started it last year. It’s nice to reconigze our community,” Mayor Anthony Moyer said. “I’ve always loved Heritage Day. It’s just neat. Everybody is out, the bands are good, there’s a free movie at night… it’s just a lot of fun to do for nothing. I love the fact that community comes together and it also brings in people from outside of the community to see what we have.

And it’s our 150th anniversary of the town. We’ll have fireworks to celebrate, that may be my favorite part of it this year. I like to just walk around and talk to people.”

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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