Delaware Electric Cooperative will host its annual meeting, community fair and chicken dinner starting at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the Centre Ice Rink at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.
The business meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Dover Building. DEC anticipates an attendance of approximately 6,000 people at its 86th celebration of membership.
Co-op members and employees will have a chance to mingle with one another, visit with various community organization representatives, and receive an update from DEC President and CEO Greg Starheim.
“We are really looking forward to meeting with our membership in person this year; we can’t wait to see thousands of people who rely on DEC to power their communities. These annual meetings are an experience that is truly unique to cooperatives like DEC – gathering with those we serve each year and providing updates on the progress that has been made over the last 12 months,” said Starheim.
Returning this year to the annual meeting is the utility demonstration, during which co-op crews will show members how they restore power after an outage, and how to be safe around power lines and electrical equipment. The demonstrations will be held at 4 and 6 p.m. outside the Centre Ice Rink.
Also featured will be live entertainment from Junior Wilson and Big Hat, No Cattle. Members of DEC are encouraged to bring their family members to enjoy the music and food.
“Attending the annual meeting is a great way for our members to connect with their co-op and their community,” said Starheim. “We look forward to visiting with as many of our members as possible.”
The co-op’s annual meeting is the largest private gathering in southern Delaware.
Delaware Electric Cooperative is a member-owned nonprofit utility powering more than 110,000 homes, farms and businesses in Sussex and Kent counties. For details, go to delaware.coop.