New-look Dover Days puts more emphasis on The Green

DOVER — An expanded Dover Days awaits festivalgoers this year as the 85th edition of the downstate favorite is set for Saturday. This year’s event brings a new footprint to put a bigger emphasis on downtown Dover businesses and to open more parking. The new layout will move most of the festival’s vendors and entertainers […]

BEST BETS: Dover NASCAR weekend includes free concert by Bret Michaels

It will be “nothin’ but a good time” around here this weekend as NASCAR comes roaring into Dover International Speedway during a busy few days that already sees Dover Days on Saturday. Highlighting action around the track is a free concert by Bret Michaels Sunday on the AAA Stage at Victory Plaza. The singer/songwriter has […]

Tulips, Dover Days, race will put spring in your step

DOVER — The tulips across the capital city lead us to believe spring is trying to settle in. And they also signal another Dover Days weekend is almost here. The big day is Saturday, May 5. This editor enjoyed the piece on Mabel Lloyd Ridgely that accompanied festival advertisements in Friday’s Delaware State News. She […]

Confederate re-enactors get shut out of Dover Days Festival

DOVER — One side of the Civil War’s combatants won’t be represented at the 85th annual Dover Days Festival this year, but hopes to tell its story again in 2019. Since the Mason-Dixon Guards Camp 2183 couldn’t confirm its nonprofit status to Kent County Tourism Corporation’s specifications, the Confederate re-enactors weren’t permitted to take part […]

Dover Days embraces NASCAR, shifts main events to The Green

  DOVER — Kent County Tourism Inc. isn’t hiding from the fact that this year’s 85th annual Dover Days Festival will take place the same weekend in May as the spring NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. In fact, Wendie Vestfall, the president of Kent County Tourism, is embracing it. Her group already has already […]

Dover Days Festival welcomes thousands, dodges rain

  DOVER — Although the forecast called for a chance of rain the 84th annual Dover Days Festival dodged the precipitation-laden clouds Saturday — save for a few short drizzles. The celebration that is one part tour through historical Dover and another part family entertainment festival got the day started with the well-attended Dover Days […]

Slideshow: Dover Days

DOVER  – Dover Days kicked off Friday night on Legislative Mall with local band 33 1/3 performing music and Mayor Robin Christiansen with members of Dover’s City Council presenting Dover’s 300th birthday cake. Fireworks capped off the night at dusk. Mayor Christiansen said he is looking forward to welcoming anywhere between 15,000 and 20,000 visitors to the […]

Dover Days Festival offers a taste of history

DOVER — The Dover Days Festival is an annual celebration of the city’s colonial heritage and a harbinger of warmer weather and blooming flowers that takes place the first weekend in May. There are always the traditional maypole dancing, building tours, parade, as well as other sights, sounds and tastes to excite the senses — […]

At Dover Days Festival, city celebrates 300 years

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** The first of Dover’s 300th anniversary celebrations will step off Friday, May 5, with cake and a march of kazoo-playing citizens at Dover Days. The evening will end with fireworks. So what’s the story behind Dover’s tercentenary? It plays off 1717, the year […]

Filmmakers want to spotlight Dover’s 300th anniversary

  DOVER — Nathan Cronk and Brian Harvath, of Big River Film Co. at 117 West Reed Street, are hoping they get the chance to make a film about Dover that will stand the test of time — 300 years, to be exact. It is their goal that they will get the chance to hear […]