Selbyville ready to turn back the clock

Selbyville’s Old Timer’s Day is quickly approaching and, according to Town Administrator and festival co-coordinator Robert Dickerson, it’s shaping up to be another success. For the 53rd year, vendors and entertainers are pulling together to honor the town’s history and heritage. Old Timer’s Day will be held downtown, along Church Street on June 20, running from the morning through the afternoon.

Town business owners and residents put on their best “Old Timers” getup for guests at the free event, but it’s the automotive department that really steals the show. Classic cars and tractors will line the streets for the annual Old Timer’s Day car show, showing off power and style over the decades.

“So far,” Dickerson reported at last Monday’s town council meeting, “we have 16 vendors and crafters that have signed up, 12 food vendors, and 97 cars have registered.”

Entertainment for all ages will be on hand as the musical talent of Cathy Gorman will once again fill the streets. A guest D.J. will also be bringing some tunes for the annual affair. Door prizes and 50/50 raffles will be offered, and children can enjoy fire truck and pony rides, a moon bounce, a magic show and much more. Commemorative T-shirts are also available at the town hall for $15.

“It’s really a great tradition,” said town secretary and the festival’s other co-coordinator, Debbie McCabe. “I was just looking at pictures from last year, and it’s delightful to see so many people come into the town. It’s such a busy event that you can’t comprehend all the visitors it attracts. Our reward comes from seeing everybody walking the streets and enjoying their time.” Preparation for the event began in February and, with the summer date quickly approaching, word is spreading rapidly.

“We’ve already had more classic car registrations since yesterday,” McCabe said proudly on Tuesday morning. “The closer we get to the date, the more people find out about it. We’ll have cars registered right up to the day.” The town has been busy advertising, as well, with television and radio plugs set to hit the airwaves later this week.

“Old Timer’s Day has been a huge success in the past,” said McCabe. “It was a huge hit last year. I can only hope it’s just as big this year.” For more information, stop by Selbyville Town Hall or call (302) 436-8314.