Dover, Del. (September 29, 2011) - The American Bus Association (ABA) named three annual, prominent events held in Delaware as part of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2012. Nominations were reviewed by a committee of expert tourism industry professionals based on the excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers worldwide. The following events were chosen from over 600 hundred nominations submitted by ABA members:
• World Championship Punkin Chunkin - A thrilling pumpkin hurling event and outdoor celebration including vendors, artisans and crafts, unique fare, live entertainment, a pageant, and cooking contests. Held in Bridgeville drawing over 100,000 people, the Punkin Chunkin Championship has been featured on the Discovery Channel. To be held November 4-6, 2011, and November 2-4, 2012. Adult admission fee, no fee for Children under 10, and free parking.
• Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival - A festival of events including a Sea Witch Costume Parade/Contest, Best Costume Dog Parade, Sea Witch Hunt, Downtown Vendors Trick or Treat, food, games, shows, live entertainment, prizes, hayrides, pony rides on the beach, and a 5K race. Held at Rehoboth Beach attracting up to 175,000 people. To be held October 28-30, 2011, and October 26-28, 2012. Free admission and parking.
• Apple-Scrapple Festival - A food festival and fundraising event celebrating Delaware's agricultural community including carnival rides, games, scrapple chunkin' and carving, live entertainment, trade and craft shows, car show, tractor pull and plenty of apples, scrapple, and other tempting treats. Held in Bridgeville and hosts 30,000 visitors each year. October 14-15, 2011, and October 12-13, 2012. Free admission and parking.
"Not just one but three annual First State events have been selected as the best in the country, which is an honor for us and great for visitors," said Governor Jack Markell. "Each represents the unique character of Delaware. These events attract volumes of out-of-state visitors and help sustain local businesses and communities. They give visitors good reason to keep coming to Delaware."
"Delaware's central location, affordability and easy access along the I-95 corridor make the First State an ideal travel destination for group tours," stated Alan Levin, Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office. "Events such as the three festivals recognized by the American Bus Association have proven to be effective in attracting tourism dollars to Delaware."
"Being featured on one of the most prestigious lists utilized by travel professionals, group tour operators, and the general public enhances the state's visibility as a preferred travel destination," stated Linda Parkowski, Director of Tourism, Delaware Tourism Office. "We want travelers to visit Delaware and extend their stay to experience these spectacular events and all that Delaware has to offer."
The list of the 2012 Top 100 Events is available online at http://www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100. The Top 100 list was also published as a supplement to the September/October 2011 issue of Destinations Magazine.
The Delaware Tourism Office, 99 Kings Highway in Dover, Del., a division of the Delaware Economic Development Office, promotes tourism and economic growth in Delaware. For more information, visit the official Delaware Tourism website at http://www.visitdelaware.com/ or call toll-free (866) 284-7483.
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