Running of the Bull ready for revelry Aug. 21

July 28, 2021

The Starboard’s famous bull is vaxxed and ready to make his comeback at the 24th Annual Running of the Bull, Saturday, Aug. 21. Dewey Beach’s premier holiday weekend that paints the town Pamplona is ready for its 24th year and a celebratory weekend that is sure to end the summer on a high note.

Michael McDonnell, one of the founders of the original Bull Run, said he couldn’t be more excited to see his favorite sight in Dewey Beach again. “One of the more hilarious parts of the Bull Run is seeing the traditional Pamplona attire for the event. When I look out over the crowd and see a sea of white shirts and red bandanas, it is just such a highlight for me! I feel like I’m right back in Spain,” he said.

This year’s matador is local celebrity and beer brewer extraordinaire Sam Calagione, founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. He will be bringing his lively personality into the ring this year, but it remains to be seen whether his special brand of quick wit and physical deftness will be enough to run up against the likes of the bull, who has been in respite all year, and training for the fight of his life.

Also back in action this year by popular demand, McDonnell will formalize the tradition of the Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest, for which he will personally be judging and handing out prizes. To be the best-looking Ernest in the crowd, start the beard growth now! McDonnell will announce the winner and give away a Starboard gift certificate to the best-looking Hemingway in attendance.

Music will start at 11 a.m.; the big bull run will begin at 2 p.m.; and the matador and bull will enter the ring thereafter.

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