Sussex Beat, Oct. 25, 2002
NOTE: Sussex Beat is a log of news briefs and commentary by Kerin Magill, editor of Sussex County Online, with contributions from Sussex County Online users.
Sea Witch, Fiddler's Festivals in Rehoboth
A weekend full of fun awaits visitors to Rehoboth Beach this weekend as the 13th annual Sea Witch and Fiddler's Festival gets under way.
The Sea Witch Festival features a variety of special events, including a parade, a pet contest, a horse performance on the beach, a treasure hunt, a 5-K race, an antique car show, a golf tournament and a bonfire and clam bake on the beach.
Here is a list of dates and times of Sea Witch events:
- Costume Parade: Begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. The parade route begins at ChillyBillys on State Road for rolling units, which merge with walkers at the Rehoboth Convention Hall. The route goes behind the bandstand and ends at Village By the Sea. All parade participants are encouraged to pick up a raffle ticket at Village By the Sea Shops -- the winner takes home a prize from Harley Davidson of Rehoboth Beach. Trophies are awarded to "judges' favorites." Honorable mentions receive buttons and all participants receive a "Sea Witch the 13th" ribbon.
- Fiddler's Festival: The Fiddler's Festival is set to take the stage at the bandstand from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. In case of rain, the event moves indoors. The festival features both adult and children's competitions for best fiddle, blue grass and banjo playing.
- Broom tossing: Witch wanna-bes of all ages will get a chance to show off their broom skills at a broom-tossing contest Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. on the boardwalk. The rain date is 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
- The Best Costumed Pet Contest: 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, with line-up beginning at noon at Stuart Kingston on the north end of the boardwalk. Pet owners and pets parade down the boardwalk -- past entrants have included ducks, turtles and goats, as well as canines and felines. Prizes will be awarded to judges' favorites; all participants receive a ribbon. Prizes will be awarded at the bandstand following the parade.
- Horse Parade: The Maryland Rough Riders will perform drills on the beach at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27.
- Auto show: The Eastern Shore Region Antique Automobile Club of America rolls in to display classic and antique cars during the festival. The show will be located at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in good weather only.
- Beach bonfire: Scheduled for Saturday evening, Oct. 26. Participants are invited for beach games, steamed clams, hot dogs, warm apple cider and roasted marshmallows. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for child 12 years old and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the festival information table and at the bonfire.
- Bandstand entertainment throughout the weekend will include Spooky Spats, the magic of Jack Noel, the Juggling Hoffmans and more. Also throughout the weekend, there will be trick or treating with merchants, an artisan show, bake sales, face painting, treasure hunts, pumpkin rolls, kids make-it-and-take-it craft area, games, a "Monsters in the Sand" contest, a skim/surfboarding competition and guessing game areas. There will also be a duck-calling contest on Sunday, Oct. 27.
For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at (800) 441-1329 or 226-2233 (ext. 11 or 12).
State's Drinking Water Tests Released
Results of tests of drinking water supplies near hazardous waste sites were released Friday, Oct. 25. The report details findings detailed earlier in the year -- which indicated no contaminants in ready-to-drink water supplies in Delaware exceeded drinking water standards.
Twenty water sources exceeded recommended levels of contaminants for raw water, according to the report. Finished, or ready-to-drink water from these sources, however, was found to be safe for consumption, with no regulatory standards exceeded.
The tests were performed as a result of increasing concerns about the safety of the state's drinking water.
The study looked for 167 different chemicals that could migrate from nearby hazardous waste sites. It included analysis of water samples from select public drinking water supply wells and surface water intakes in each of the three counties.
Raw and finished water samples were compared to verify that treatment systems were functioning and effective in treating water.
Delaware's drinking water supplies are monitored quarterly by the Department of Public Health's Office of Drinking Water. The recent study, however, went beyond the monitoring criteria dictated by law and set a precedent for water monitoring in Delaware, according to a statement from the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and the Division of Public Health.
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