The 11th annual Townsend Parade and Fair will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting with the parade at 10 a.m.

Councilwoman Lorraine Gorman said the parade already has almost 50 entries including floats, cars, animals, walkers, performers, and tractors.

“We are honored to have Michelle Wall, the American Mothers 2016 National Mother of the Year, along with her Girl Scout Troop #1288, joining us,” said Gorman.

The fair at Townsend Municipal Park on Edgar Road will feature games, contests, food, games and special appearances. As of Sept. 12, more than 70 vendors have signed up.

“We do have a lot of repeat vendors from prior years due to our low registration fees and the fact that our vendors always manage to have just a good of a time at the fair as everyone else,” said Gorman.

“I think this year's variety of food vendors is the best we have had yet,” she said.

Menu items will feature traditional favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, cheese steaks, fries, sausage, chicken wings, chicken fingers, ice cream and water ice, along with newer offerings like pierogies, nachos, Hawaiian pulled pork, turkey, fried fish, vegetarian Greek subs, deep fried plantains, deep fried seafood fritters, mango mini pies, pickles on a stick, kettle corn, and other desserts.

Carnival games including golf, basketball, tin can knock down, ring toss and more will be set up for small children with a variety of prizes. Large and small inflatable obstacle courses and a train ride for children will be sponsored and staffed by “theMISSION” Church.

Vendors will be on hand to provide face painting and sand art, and the Orbitron and Trampoline Thing rides will be back by popular demand.

SCHEDULE

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. at the firehouse on Main Street and head west on Main Street about 1.5 miles across the railroad tracks to the municipal park on Edgar Road. D.J. Jammin' Jeff, who donates his time every year to the event, will announce each parade participant as they enter the park.

The parade will conclude about 11 a.m., and then the Townsend Elementary School Choir will open the festivities at the park by singing the National Anthem. D.J. Jeff will provide music for the various dance contests that will begin in the gazebo at about 11 a.m.

The Delaware State Police helicopter is due to arrive on the baseball field at noon, after which the parade trophies will be awarded.

At 12:30p.m., one of the highlights of the fair will be the Pet Trick and Costume Contest, with prizes sponsored by Concord Pet Food & Supplies. First, second, and third place winners will receive prizes, while every entrant receives a goody bag. There is no entry fee. Pet owners are encouraged to register in advance, but last-minute entries will be accepted at the park. For registration information, see the town website townsend.delaware.gov and click on the Sept. 24 date on the calendar on the left side of the homepage.

At 1 p.m., Hula Hoop and Jump Rope contests will be held on the basketball court, followed by the Free Throw Championships at 2 p.m.

Flyers hockey fans won't want to miss out on the raffle for two tickets at center ice ground level, donated by Remington, Vernick, and Beach Engineering.

Parking is available at the Townsend Park on Edgar Road, off of Main Street.

For more information, email Councilwoman Gorman at lgorman@townsend.delaware.gov or call Town Hall at 302-378-8082.