Harrington celebrates heritage with annual festival, community dinner

HARRINGTON — The sun shone on Harrington this weekend for the 41st annual Harrington Heritage Day as community members gathered downtown to celebrate 150 years of the town’s incorporation.

“It’s so very nice to see so many of our citizens come out and share our heritage with us,” Doug Poore of the Greater Harrington Historical Society said Friday night as the second annual community dinner began.

The sold-out dinner featured roast beef and baked ziti as the main dishes prepared by the Harrington Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.

After their meal, Mr. Poore was joined by Harrington Mayor Tony Moyer and Harrington Business Association Vice President Dr. Jesse Riggin as they announced this year’s citizen and business of the year.

Mayor Moyer said the chance to honor a citizen of the year is a great opportunity for the town.

“Very few times in life do you ever meet somebody [who becomes] a true friend. And this year, the person we’re recognizing is, in my heart, a true friend,” he added of this year’s honoree, Bishop Carlos Cannon, Sr. of Power and Praise Ministries.

Bishop Cannon has devoted his life to his family and giving others the opportunities to help themselves out of difficult situations.

A passage written by his wife about the pastor was read during the presentation by Mayor Moyer. In the passage, she said her husband had a “reputation for excellence” and is a “true renaissance man with a plethora of God given talent and abilities.”
Along with his many duties at Power in Praise Ministries and the Greater Harrington Development Corporation, Bishop Cannon is also a chaplain for the city of Harrington and was recently nominated for the 2019 Kent County Unsung Heroes awards for his work with youth and education, among other needed areas.

Just clowning around.

A standing ovation greeted Bishop Cannon as he accepted his award from Mayor Moyer before Dr. Riggin announced the next honoree.
Chicks of Harrington was given this year’s business of the year title thanks to their own dedication to the small town.

“It gives a chance to highlight some of the businesses that are really making an impact in the community,” Dr. Riggin said, adding that Chicks is a shining example.

“I don’t think I need to tell anybody where Chick’s is or how long they’ve been around,” Dr. Riggin joked. “If you look at their gross sales and the amount of employees, they bring a tremendous amount of energy to the city. There’s not a thing this city has done without seeing Chick’s name on it. There’s not a thing in Felton without Chick’s name on it.”

Frank Chick was on hand to gratefully accept the award for the company, honoring the commitment of his family and wife Linda who help keep the company moving daily.
Harrington Heritage Day started bright and early the next morning with the 5K Color Run/Walk benefitting the Harrington Volunteer Fire Company at 7 a.m. followed by the annual parade at 9 a.m.
Throughout the day, vendors and community members mingled while offering a celebratory nod to the town’s 150 years of incorporation, ending with a free movie in the park and fireworks.

The fun won’t end with Harrington Heritage Day this year, however. The 150th Anniversary Committee has organized a Farm to Table dinner for Saturday, Sept. 21 along Commerce Street in downtown Harrington.

The event is $25 per person and includes two drink tickets starting at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.harrington150th.org.

Reach staff writer Jennifer Antonik at jantonik@newszap.com

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