Events scheduled for Wednesday night, Thursday in Georgetown
The 103rd Annual Sussex County Return Day will see politicians “bury the hatchet” on Thursday, November 8.
The unique tradition takes place every other year in Georgetown, celebrating the amicable attitudes of both winners and losers at the end of a democratic election season with a parade and other festivities.
"I'm really looking forward to Return Day this year. I think we have a lot to offer," said 2018 Return Day Chairwoman Debbie Jones.
The celebration begins Wednesday night on The Circle, where live music begins at 5:30 p.m. Beer will be for sale as volunteers begin the traditional ox roast. Free open-pit barbecued beef sandwiches will be available to attendees on Thursday.
Festivities on and surrounding The Circle begin early on Thursday, with vendors opening at 8:30 a.m. and entertainment beginning at 9:30 a.m. A reception for the candidates and other guests also begins at 9:30 a.m. at Delaware Technical and Community College, while the Mayor's Hatchet Toss takes place at 9 a.m. at the Old Courthouse on South Bedford Street.
The parade starts at 1:30 at Georgetown Middle School and will travel east on Market Street, through the circle to King Street, then back down Pine Street and returning to the school.
Immediately following the parade, Return Day ceremonies will begin on the main stage on The Circle, featuring soloist Lilymay Border, various candidates and speakers, Town Crier Kirk Lawson's reading of the returns and the ceremonial burying of the hatchet by party leaders.
This year's Grand Marshal is George B. Cole, who is retiring this year as the Sussex County Council's fourth district councilman.
For motorists, Return Day festivities will affect traffic on routes 9, 404 and 18, so travel should be planned accordingly. Also, Arrow Safety Road and West Market Streets at Route 113 will close around 10 a.m. on Thursday and reopen following the conclusion of the parade. All roads should reopen to traffic by 8 p.m. Visit deldot.gov for more information.