What do flying pumpkins, scrapple, and giant witches have in common? They’re all part of Delaware’s amazing lineup of annual festivals that highlight the local culture, music and flavor of the First State.
Events centered on chocolate, jazz and cultural heritage can be found throughout the year, entertaining locals and visitors. And three of those festivals – the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival in Rehoboth and the Apple-Scrapple Festival and World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville – were rated among the Top 100 for 2012 by the American Bus Association.
In Delaware, as the seasons come and go, anticipation builds for well-known annual events. The summer festival season kicks off in early June with the Greek and Italian festivals in Wilmington and reaches its peak with the recently relaunched Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park and the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, which takes over the last two weeks of July with world-class concerts, demolition derbies, and, of course, fried everything. The season is put to rest during a traditional jazz funeral down the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach.
It isn’t long before the fall season settles in and pumpkins take flight in Bridgeville. Roughly 90,000 people attend the annual Punkin Chunkin competition, where the big orange orbs are shot from air-powered cannons and other contraptions. The event has gained national attention with a yearly Discovery Channel special. October also sees fall become the season of the witch, with the annual Sea Witch festival in Rehoboth Beach; and the Apple-Scrapple Festival, which celebrates one of Delaware’s favorite food groups - scrapple.
Things begin to thaw with something sweet – two things, in fact: the Wilmington Chocolate Festival in February and the Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival in Mark. Once the winter finally withers, Delaware celebrates the colorful spring season with several festivals, including the three-day long Wilmington Flower Market and the Bug and Bud Festival.
Delaware’s renowned festivals provide first-class entertainment and bring people together from diverse cultures against the beautiful scenic background of pristine beaches, historic towns, and city lights.