Millsboro to be the center of attention

Cooter is coming to Millsboro.

Actually, Ben Jones, the former U.S. congressman who played Cooter in the “Dukes of Hazzard,” will be coming along with the famed “General Lee” car to the inaugural Millsboro Country Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event, which will start at 10 a.m. on Main Street, will also feature a Rust Bucket Parade and Flea Ridd’N Bed Races, along with a cornhole tournament to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and various other contests. If it sounds a bit “rural,” you are exactly right.

“We needed a new idea for something in the area, as Big Thursday had kind of gone by the wayside,” explained Amy Simmons of the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the organization responsible for the Millsboro Country Festival. “We thought that this kind of a festival fit the niche of the area. We’re an agricultural community. We have groups of people who have big trucks in this area. We have people who live a more country life than others.”

Indeed, this plays to the rural roots of much of this community. However, don’t limit yourself to thinking its not for you. This just seems like flat-out fun.

That Rust Bucket Parade will feature people bringing their favorite old beat-up vehicles (“Push it, pull it, drag it — however you want — in the parade,” said Simmons), and the bed race will feature beds of all shapes and sizes on wheels, with no engines allowed. Everything else is up to the person who enters it.

Mountaire will also be giving a $500 cash prize to the individual who can pick and shred the most meat from oven-roasted chickens in a timed format, paying homage to the community’s longstanding involvement in the poultry industry.

There will be plenty of food and activities for the children, as well as a strong list of live music performers, including the Dirt Road Outlawz and Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys.

This just sounds like a truly unique event, and as we’ve all seen from Punkin’ Chunkin, unique events can become the kind of things an entire community rallies around. It is also a good way to draw people to the area in the “off-season,” which is always a plus for this area.

For more information about the festival, or to register to participate in any events, call the Chamber at (302) 934-6777, email or visit them online at