Weather permitting ... historic fair and steam-powered cars

Arden Fair, Saturday, Sept. 3 --

Outdating the State Fair by 13 years, the Arden Fair is Delaware’s longest-running annual festival, starting in 1907.

The fair offers Renaissance accents that include rides and games for youngsters, juried arts and crafts, flower and plant sales, used book sales, with a list of more than 120 vendors of handmade crafts.

Admission is free, while the food court, beer garden, art exhibit, and antiques market provide opportunities for annual attendees and newcomers alike to meet.  Live music performances will be in the Shady Grove throughout the day.

Proceeds from the Fair provide educational services for the nonprofit Arden Club members and non-members alike, as well as repairs and upgrades to the Gild Hall.

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September Steamin’ Days, Sunday, Sept. 4 --

Steamin’ Days at the Auburn Heights Preserve is when the site truly comes alive. Visitors are encouraged to climb into an antique automobile or board one of our trains and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Or to tour the magnificent 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family.

Their latest exhibit, “Letting Off Steam: The Stanley Legacy,” is open, and they’re celebrating with a special activity during this Steamin’ Day: building things out of recycled materials like boxes, bottles, bottle caps, duct tape and much more. There will also be the usual Steamin’ Day activities.

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