For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.
“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.
“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”
The Bash will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Millsboro Little League Complex. Tickets for the day cost $5, with those 3 or younger admitted for free.
“We had well over 2,000 people there last year,” said Simmons, noting they hope the event draws more attendees this fall. “We want people to come and enjoy the entire day. We don’t want them to leave for any reason.”
As part of the event, a Delorean car will be on display for “Back to the Future” fans to enjoy and check out up close.
“We knew it was the 30th year for the first ‘Back to the Future’ movie. We’ve always thought since the first year with Cooter [of ‘Dukes of Hazzard’] and the car, it was one more element to the entire day that people could enjoy. With so many people in this area of that era of the ’80s that live here, we thought this would be the very neat.”
Simmons said the Chamber found the car in nearby New Jersey.
“Luckily enough, the people who own it have characters Doc Brown, Marty McFly, plus props from the original movie. That was kind of our sign that we needed the car to be here,” she said. “In the second movie, the year they go to is October 2015, so it perfectly fits in with the whole festival. We thought it would be one more added element that the whole family can enjoy. You can sit in it, take pictures with it, people can reminisce.”
Music will play throughout the event, including performances by the Trinidad North Steel Drum Band, Southern Delaware School of the Arts rock band and Over Time.
“We wanted to venture out a little bit from the country and not have everything country-themed,” Simmons said. “Southern Delaware School of the Arts, they have a rock band that I’ve heard play several times. For a middle school-aged group, they are terrific.
“We decided we wanted to keep as many of the bands as local as possible. We’ve got great bands this year. We’ve got the Dirt Road Outlawz. We’ve got Bo Dickerson Band coming back. They’ve both been here before.”
An added fun family element is the Hillbilly Silly Science Spectacular, which will perform twice on stage and throughout the day on the Little League grounds.
“The reviews we’ve read on them... everyone at fairs, at schools, have loved them,” she said. “They do silly comedic science experiments with non-toxic household chemicals. They’ll be doing two shows on the stage, and they’re also going to be doing some traveling shows around the ball field at other times during the day.”
Plenty of games and activities will be available to children of all ages, from bounce houses to pony rides, and a special appearance by Mickey and Minnie.
“We also have a mini-golf course coming. It’s a nine-hole mini-golf course that one of our members is building for us.”
A crowd favorite, the Redneck Challenge, will be returning to the event. Those who participate will have the opportunity to win prizes for the fastest times in men’s and women’s divisions for those 18 or older, and in the youth division, for those 10 to 17.
“We’ve beefed up the course with some new obstacles to kind of tweak your inner redneck. They’ll be climbing some tires and doing some hopscotch with some… interesting equipment,” said Simmons.
“The Redneck Challenge has been the steadfast through the last two years. It’s busy most of the day, with people running it for the first time or running it to get a better time than their previous time. It’s been tried and true, and we decided this year we really wanted to beef it up.”
Simmons said the Chamber is thankful for the event’s sponsors, which include Cadia Renaissance Rehabilitation, Suburban Propane, the Town of Millsboro, Sussex County Post, Coastal Point newspaper, Chuck Hall State Farm, Pepsi Bottling Venture, M&T Bank, Lingo Marine, PNC Bank, Cosmic Custom Printing, Peninsula Dental & Sedation Center, the Insurance Market, Hose Pros LLC, Sussex Eye, Dagsboro Paint & Wall Paper, Kim Jones State Farm Insurance, the Bank of Delmarva and Millsboro Auto Mart.
Community members and visitors to the area are all being invited to attend for some local fun that will last all day.
“There’s a lot of hard work getting this festival planned. We want the community to come out, invite your friends to come out. Just sit back, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, set them down, listen to the music or walk around, enjoy the activities we have and just enjoy the day,” said Simmons. “We’ve got some spectacular food vendors lined up. Craft vendors will be there, too. It’s just a day for family fun in the little charming town of Millsboro.”
For more information about the Boro Bash, visit www.MillsboroChamber.com or call (302) 934-6777.