Millsboro Country Festival becoming signature event

Date Published: 
August 29, 2014

In just a few weeks, Millsboro’s annual Country Festival will return to the town, bringing with it music, activities, food and more. Organized by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the festival was designed to be a signature event for the town and its surrounding communities.

“We knew we needed something new and fresh, and felt this type of festival was a fit for this area,” said Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s executive director, of the creation of the event.

The festival will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, and kick off at 11 a.m. at the Millsboro Little League complex, where families can enjoy games, country cooking and more.

“We have great music lined up with our headlining band, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, that will be playing along with the Dirt Road Outlawz and Bo Dickerson,” said Simmons, noting that, in the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the Millsboro Town Center.

“We have a country singer from around the Annapolis area, named Brady J., who will be singing, and the bluegrass band Flatline Drive that will also be performing.”

During the various contests — including the Mountaire Chickin’ Pickin’ contest, which offers its winner a $500 cash prize — a cornhole tournament, a “Hillbilly’s Got Talent” contest and more will be available for anyone to enter. The Flea Riddin’ Bed Races will also be held down State Street.

Don’t forget to bring the kids along, as the kids’ corner will feature a rock wall, inflatables, a train, face painting and more.

“We have lots of games for the kids and teens.”

An all-day pass to the event costs $5 per person 13 or older, with those 12 or younger being admitted for free.

Fast Action Motor Sports Entertainment will be joining the festivities this year, giving attendees the opportunity to race their favorite NASCAR car.

“They are bringing in a NASCAR car-type simulator, where people will be able to get into the car and do a simulation like they’re actually in a race,” said Simmons. “They’re also bringing in a rear-wheel quarter-panel for people to use the impact wrench to take the tire on and off, just like the NASCAR guys do. They’re bringing in a 45-foot inflatable RC track. The businesses here locally have sponsored cars that people at the festival will be able to race.”

Simmons said there will be races throughout the day, with a final race between the day’s race winners at 6 p.m.

There will be many food vendors offering a variety of eats — from doughnuts, to slushies to old-fashioned barbecue.

Simmons said that, last year, more than 2,500 people attended the event, and she hopes to draw more this year.

“We far exceeded our expectations last year with attendees,” she said. “Last year, we saw multiple generations. That was the main idea from the inception of this. It was going to be family-friendly and fun for everyone. Last year we saw that — we saw multiple generations of family members there together throughout the day. That was exactly what we wanted.”

Those from far and wide are welcome to experience the one-of-a-kind festival, as Simmons said it’s an event not to be missed.

“We hope everyone comes out and enjoy a day of fun, with great entertainment and food, and enjoy themselves.”

For more information about the event, contact the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at (302) 934-6777 or email info@millsborochamber.com.