IF YOU GO
WHAT: Harrington Heritage Day
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 (opening ceremonies start at 10 a.m.)
WHERE: Downtown Harrington, main stage on Mechanic Street
MORE INFO: Call 398-7975
Harrington Heritage Day organizers are using its 30th anniversary to restore the event to what it once was: one of the most exciting days of the year.
“This is the year we’re trying to turn the corner and do things a little bit differently,” said William Falasco, director of Harrington Parks and Recreation.
Those at the Saturday, Aug. 29, event will have a slew of attractions to check out, including a motorcycle show.
“We thought that would really catch kids’ eyes,” Falasco said.
Car and train lovers will have a lot to look at, too. Multiple car groups have committed to being on hand at the event, and there will be a train and toy show. Children also can take a ride on a train.
Kids will have an entire zone devoted to them, with a Wild West show, inflatables, face painting, demonstrations by members of the Nanticoke tribe and more. A kids’ stage with performances by Side by Side Productions and musicians will round out the children’s offerings.
The main stage will provide a venue for music performances, including a Harrington Idol contest at noon.
One of the big draws, according to Falasco, is the Taylor & Messick Agricultural Museum. The newly renovated museum has antique machinery, cars, tools, toys and farming memorabilia. The First State Tractor Club will participate by bringing some of their vehicles and giving tours of the museum, according to Falasco.
The Greater Harrington Historical Society’s museum complex also will be open. The museums are in a historic church and adjacent building on Fleming Street, as well as in a signal tower and railroad caboose. The church building houses a large selection of Harrington memorabilia, including racing silks from the harness racing industry, rural life mementos, Jehu Camper folk carvings and more. The signal tower is where watchmen switched tracks and controlled traffic before automated technology replaced them. It’s one of the few such towers remaining in Delmarva.
As is tradition, there will be a parade at 10:30 a.m., which will kick off and end at Lake Forest South Elementary School.
Organizers are making things easy on visitors by offering shuttles at Liberty Plaza, the corner of Weiner and Center streets, West and Mechanic streets, and the Taylor & Messick Agricultural Museum.
The blend of new and old events will make Harrington Heritage Day what it should be, Falasco said.
For more information, call Harrington Parks & Recreation at 398-7975.
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