The 12th annual Townsend Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23 and will include a parade, a pet contest, a variety of food and games.

In the past few years, more than 1,000 people attended the event sponsored by the Town of Townsend, said Councilwoman Lorraine Gorman. There’s no admission fee to the fair.

At 10 a.m., the parade begins from the Townsend Fire Station, and heads west on Main Street to the Town Park where the fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town park is located at 0 Edgar Road, within the Townsend Village 1 housing development.

During the fair, there will be a pet contest at 1 p.m. sponsored by Concord Pets. Only a couple of pets were registered as of last Friday because most people register the day of the fair, Gorman said.

Usually about 10 to 12 pets, which aren’t limited to dogs and cats, are entered every year. There are two categories: best trick and best costume. Winners in first, second, and third place receive prizes.

The parade will have two bands—the Delaware Technical Community College Drumline and the Smyrna High School Marching Band.

Also, scheduled to appear in the parade are VFW Post 3792’s five-ton military vehicle, about 10 to 12 motorcycles from the American Legion Post 14 Riders from Smyrna, 10 antique or classic cars, LifeHouse Church truck and children’s choir, Immanuel United Methodist Church float with kids marching and singing, Middletown Jazzercise exercise dancing group, and the Stump Corner 4-H kids and animals in a wagon.

There will be several trophies awarded to parade participants, including best float, best parade performance, most creative entry, and best pet in the parade.

The fair will include an orbitron ride and inflatable obstacle courses. Fair goers might like the trampoline with a bungee. Small children are invited to ride a miniature train or participate in face-painting.

A petting zoo with animals from 4-H is free to fair-goers.

Contests will be held all day. The most popular is the pet contest at 1 p.m., but there’s also the contests for dancing, hula-hoop, jump rope, and free throw at the basketball court.

This year, there will be about 100 vendors, including 11 food vendors serving a variety of food, including kettle corn, pizza, ice cream, fried fish, hot dogs, barbecue food, Mexican food, and all kids of desserts.

Other vendors will include crafts, church information, home improvement, and government information.

For more information, visit the Town of Townsend website or e-mail Gorman at lgorman@townsend.delaware.gov.

The parade and fair are held rain or shine.