Always wise to update your calendar with a pencil

DOVER — Today’s column is a public service for those of you who like to keep your calendars in order. The lesson, so far in 2016, is to use a pencil. *** First, for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the full lineup for this year’s Delaware State Fair, it’s almost time. Fair […]

Sad note accompanies Big Barrel’s cancellation

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DOVER — Mayor Robin Christiansen sang the blues last week when he heard the Big Barrel Country Music Festival was canceled. “I’m very disappointed,” he said. “I’m a country music fan.” Promoters Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice announced the cancellation Thursday afternoon of the June 24-26 festival. Big Barrel, produced by Firefly’s Red Frog Events, […]

Big Barrel Country Music Festival canceled

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DOVER – Promoters Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice announced Thursday afternoon that the Big Barrel Country Music Festival, set for June 24-26 at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, has been canceled. Dover Motorsports Inc. President Michael Tatoian said Thursday afternoon that the decision came without warning earlier in the day. “I received a call from […]

State planning office OKs Dover zoning change that will aid speedway

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DOVER — The city of Dover and Dover International Speedway are continuing to take the necessary steps for the annexation of 260 acres from Kent County. Currently, 295 acres of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway — which hosts events like the Firefly and Big Barrel music festivals — sit outside of city limits. The […]

A year of music, comedy and more in store for 2016

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Just as we wrapped up saying goodbye to 2015, it’s time to ring in the new year by looking at what 2016 has in store for us on the local entertainment front. Tuneful times Central Delaware quickly is becoming known as a hub for nationally known music festivals and this year looks to be no […]

Officials: Dover annexation of county land will smooth way for events at speedway

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DOVER — The city of Dover and Dover International Speedway are continuing to lay the groundwork for the city to annex 260 acres from Kent County by early 2016. Currently, 295 acres of The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway — which hosts events like Firefly Music Festival — sit outside of city limits. The issue […]

Musical memories made in 2015

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For thousands of local entertainment fans, 2015 undoubtedly will be remembered as the year Delaware met Sir Paul McCartney. That legendary lad from Liverpool headlined this year’s Firefly Music Festival at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on the second night of the four-day affair, giving young and old from the First State and beyond […]

Brad Paisley, Martina McBride to headline 2016 Big Barrel

DOVER — Get pumped, country music fans. The lineup for Big Barrel Country Music Festival has been announced, with headliners Brad Paisley, Sam Hunt and Eric Church. Set to take place from June 24 to June 26, the second Big Barrel festival will feature 40 artists performing at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway. Among […]

Church, Paisley, Hunt to headline Big Barrel

DOVER – The lineup and ticket information for the second annual Big Barrel Country Music Festival was announced Monday morning. The festival, which will take place June 24-26 at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, will feature headliners Brad Paisley on Friday, Sam Hunt Saturday and Eric Church on Sunday, as well as Hank Williams, Jr., Tyler […]

Kent County music festivals singing a happy tune

DOVER –– The Greater Kent Committee heard from the organizers of Firefly, Big Barrel and Delaware Junction music festivals at its Friday meeting, and there was nothing but good news. Mike Tatoian, president and CEO of Dover International Speedway, home of Firefly and Big Barrel, said Firefly is now in the top 10 among the […]

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