Central Delaware
79th Annual Dover Days

DOVER - Dover Days, the capital city of the First State's premier attraction, just seems to get bigger and bigger each and every year.

The celebration began Friday evening on Legislative Mall with a musical concert from the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, bungee jumping, a bicycle entertainment show, rock climbing and a carnival for children of all ages to enjoy. A fireworks show over Legislative Hall was a spectacular finale to the first night.

Maypole dancing was the event of the day for Saturday, as well as the largest parade ever in the city of Dover. Local artisans and craftspeople could be found on Legislative Mall and The Green Saturday giving demonstrations in sewing, woodworking and basket weaving.

Kent County artists could be found in Dover Sunday afternoon capturing some of the city's historic landmarks on canvas with oil paints, pastels and watercolors during the Plein Air Paint Out competition. The annual Dover Days car show also delivered many car lovers to Legislative Mall Sunday to check out the hot rods.

The Civil War-era baseball game, played with rules from the year 1864, between the Diamond State Base Ball Club and the Fair Play Base Ball Club of Talbot County, MD was a home run Sunday afternoon with Dover Days fans.

Kent County Tourism director Cindy Small said this year's attendance is the largest in the festival's 79 year history and work has already begun planning an even bigger Dover Days for it's 80th birthday next May.

Photos by Dave Chambers