27th annual Nanticoke Riverfest makes a comeback in downtown Seaford


SEAFORD, Del. –  Saturday’s rainfall was no match for the power of tradition,  as the 27th annual Nanticoke Riverfest made its return to the grounds of downtown Seaford.

“Even though it’s just little Western Sussex, we still have a lot to offer for this little community that we’re in,” Seaford Superintendent for Parks and Recreation Katie Hickey said.

Festival goers got the chance to shop with local vendors, roam a kids zone filled with crafts, and explore the offerings of downtown including Gallery 107.

The space acts as a headquarters for the Nanticoke River Arts Council. “And we just feel like for a vibrant downtown you need art in the community,” NRAC Vice President Tammy Kearney said.

“This venue is just one more aspect of having the arts downtown. Art, food, music, and water. All those things really add to the atmosphere.”

Several elements of the event, including the fan favorite Float-In, were canceled due the rainy weather as a safety precaution.

There was also an educational component to the day as Nanticoke Watershed Alliance spoke with attendees about the importance of the Nanticoke River and local water quality. “There’s a project we’re doing down on Conwell Street,” Education Coordinator Sydney Williams said.

“That will stop the water from going down the street and straight into the water without being filtered. So now they’re going to have plants planted to help absorb some of the sediment and nutrients before it goes back into the waterway.”

Organizer also say the event is a major economic booster for the area. “They’re visiting our downtown businesses. If they stay for a couple of days, they get to experience multiple restaurants or businesses throughout the weekend,” Hickey said.

“So if they want to come and visit one day, just not for the festival but they want to come and enjoy Seaford itself.”

Organizers tells 47ABC,  Saturday’s turn out was still pretty strong despite the weather conditions and look forward bringing the event back next year.

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