On The Circle in Georgetown Nov. 7, men basted a 615-pound ox on a spit over open coals, bluegrass, rock and country bands filled the night air with live music, hundreds filled the streets blocked off from traffic, and preparations for Return Day on Thursday neared completion.
Return Day, when candidates and voters return to the county seat of Sussex to celebrate victories and commiserate in defeat, kicks off at 9 a.m. with the hatchet-toss competition and includes the county’s largest annual parade, which will get moving at about 1:30 p.m. Following the parade, election returns from the 2018 polling will be announced as candidates sit on a grand stage overlooking the Circle. Winners and losers in the election usually ride together in the parade, some in horse-drawn carriages, others in antique automobiles, and still others in fancy contemporary convertibles.
A decent weather forecast promises to bring thousands out for this unique Sussex County tradition with The Circle serving as the focus for the festivities, complete with food and souvenir vendors and people of all political persuasions discussing the results of this year’s election and speculating on who will be running for what in the 2020 elections.