Delaware Electric Cooperative will hold its annual community fair and business meeting Aug. 15 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S Dupont Highway, Harrington.

Members will be treated to a free chicken dinner, have a chance to visit with various community organizations and hear an update on the state of the cooperative from President and CEO Bill Andrew. Included will be a utility demonstration, where cooperative crews will show members how they restore power and rescue those who are injured without the help of a bucket truck.

More than 6,000 are expected to attend the 81st annual meeting of the member-owned cooperative. Dinner, voting for the board of directors and the community fair begin at 3 p.m. in the Centre Ice Rink, and the business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dover Building.

“We consider our annual meeting to be a celebration of what it means to be part of Delaware Electric Cooperative,” Andrew said. “We are the state’s largest not-for-profit utility, our members are entitled to any profits, and our board of directors is elected by those we serve. These things make us very different from other utilities and they are part of what makes being part of a cooperative so special.”

Members will be treated to live music from Junior Wilson and the Jones Boys. Members of cooperative also are encouraged to bring their family members to enjoy the music and food.

“We want to visit with as many of our members as possible at the annual meeting. There is a lot to see and the food and entertainment are great. People can connect with their cooperative and their community,” Andrew said.

The cooperative’s annual meeting is the largest private gathering in southern Delaware.

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