Editorial: Festivals galore make for good news

October 5, 2018

The Cape Gazette published a booklet in early September focused entirely on fall festivals, tournaments and exhibits in Delaware’s Cape Region and throughout the middle of the Delmarva Peninsula.

As the booklet came together, we became increasingly amazed at the number and breadth of festivals produced by community groups during these three months alone. They number almost 100. We know we missed a few and apologize to those we left out.

In the next several weeks, our area will be hosting Boast the Coast and Coast Day festivities in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz and True Blue Jazz, Rehoboth’s gargantuan Sea Witch Festival, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, and Winter WonderFest, as well as many other events.

Farther afield, Easton will host its annual Waterfowl Festival, Salisbury its Good Beer Festival, Ocean City its OCtoberfest, Dover its CHEESEtober Fest, and Bridgeville its Apple Scrapple Festival.

That’s just a taste of what’s available close by, and within a 90-minute drive of Delaware’s Cape Region.

These festivals show off the diversity of our communities in Delmarva’s pleasant fall season, while providing entertainment and an opportunity to get outside and see what friends and neighbors near and far are into. They promote unity at a time when our nation could use more unity. Festivals are celebrations, celebrations are positive, and positive brings people together.

Festivals also give communities and organizations an opportunity to show off what they’re proud of. They encourage hospitality, invite people to explore areas they might never have explored if their interest hadn’t been piqued by a unique festival, and last, but not least, festivals contribute a great deal economically to their communities. They keep money in motion, and money is only good if it’s in motion.

At a time when negative news dominates, knowing that there are so many people and communities working constructively to stage all kinds of festivals makes for a welcome counterbalance of good news.


  • Editorials are considered by the editorial board and written by Dennis Forney, publisher emeritus, and Laura Ritter, news editor, with occasional contributions from other board members: Trish Vernon, CoPublisher and Editor; Dave Frederick, sports editor emeritus; Jen Ellingsworth, associate editor; Nick Roth, sports editor; and Chris Rausch, CoPublisher and General Manager.

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