Organizers Plan Changes for Sussex Return Day Event - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Organizers Plan Changes for Sussex Return Day Event

Posted:
(Photo: returnday.com) (Photo: returnday.com)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - Organizers of Sussex County's Return Day plan to scale back security measures that drew heavy criticism of the post-election festival two years ago.

Plans for this year's event call for fewer metal barricades along the parade route and minimal road closings, said organizer Rosalie Walls.

Return Day, which is held every two years, is a traditional gathering in Delaware politics where rival candidates literally bury the hatchet. But frustrations over heightened security in 2010 left organizers threatening to move the event out of Georgetown, the longtime host.

"I certainly would have hated to move it to another town but when you had all the things against you that we did last time," said Walls. "Hopefully, we've got all those worked out."

While the organizing committee does not have an official count, Walls said attendance two years ago was among the worst in the event's history.

Walls said the barricades restricted access to vendors and events, at least for the people who could make it into town. Organizers said closing most of the major roads leading to Georgetown led some visitors to give up and head home. The rainy weather did not help, either.

"It was very frustrating, especially some of the answers I got from people that were at the exits and entrances," said Barbara of Georgetown, who plans to give the event another chance this year.

The town heightened security in 2010 anticipating the arrival of Vice President Joe Biden; in the end, Biden did not attend. Town leaders insisted they still had to be prepared.

"[It] was an interesting year with the weather and the unknown about the vice president," said Georgetown Town Manager Gene Dvornick. "Hopefully, all those types of things have been put away, we'll have a nice sunny day and have a lot of people come out to Georgetown."

Biden's office said the vice president is not expected to attend this year's event, Walls said.

Organizers plan to move the ox roast back to the circle and allow vendors to return to North Bedford Street. In total, the goal is allow Return Day to return to its old ways.

Return Day is scheduled for Nov. 8 in Georgetown.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Two Shot in Separate Incidents in Dover

    Two Shot in Separate Incidents in Dover

    07/20/2017 14:28:00 -04:002017-07-20 18:28:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:28 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:28:44 GMT
    Two Separate Shootings in Capital Green Neighborhood (Photo: WBOC)Two Separate Shootings in Capital Green Neighborhood (Photo: WBOC)
    DOVER, De.-- The Dover Police Department is investigating two shootings that took place on Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the Capital Green neighborhood of Dover. According to police, an 18-year-old man was first shot on Wednesday around 7:More
    DOVER, De.-- The Dover Police Department is investigating two shootings that took place on Wednesday night and Thursday morning in the Capital Green neighborhood of Dover. According to police, an 18-year-old man was first shot on Wednesday around 7:More
  • Crash Leads to Multiple Charges for Houston Man

    Crash Leads to Multiple Charges for Houston Man

    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:26:11 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:26 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:26:11 GMT
    A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.A Dover woman was arrested after providing officers with a fake name.
    A car crash led to the arrest of a Houston man, according to the Milford Police Department.More
    A car crash led to the arrest of a Houston man, according to the Milford Police Department.More
  • "Beat the Peak" for Delaware & Choptank Electric Co-Ops

    "Beat the Peak" for Delaware & Choptank Electric Co-Ops

    07/20/2017 14:09:00 -04:002017-07-20 18:09:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 20 2017 2:09 PM EDT2017-07-20 18:09:43 GMT
    DELMARVA--Due to the extremely warm temperatures and high demand, Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative have issued another "Beat the Peak" alert for Thursday, July 20, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.More
    DELMARVA--Due to the extremely warm temperatures and high demand, Delaware Electric Cooperative and Choptank Electric Cooperative have issued another "Beat the Peak" alert for Thursday, July 20, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • Cambridge Remembers 1967 Race Riot

    Cambridge Remembers 1967 Race Riot

     It's hard to believe Pine Street in Cambridge was once piled with burnt rock and debris.

    The Cambridge Race Riots of 1967 left 17 buildings destroyed and a community - scarred. Herschel Johnson was in his late twenties at the time and lived down the street.

    More

     It's hard to believe Pine Street in Cambridge was once piled with burnt rock and debris.

    The Cambridge Race Riots of 1967 left 17 buildings destroyed and a community - scarred. Herschel Johnson was in his late twenties at the time and lived down the street.

    More
  • Virginia Town Loses Fire Department

    Virginia Town Loses Fire Department

    The Accomack Board of Supervisors have voted, and with a 9-0 vote, decided to officially end the funding of the Onley Fire Department, meaning their doors are now closed to the public.

    More

    The Accomack Board of Supervisors have voted, and with a 9-0 vote, decided to officially end the funding of the Onley Fire Department, meaning their doors are now closed to the public.

    More
  • Crowds Line Up For Seafood At Tawes Clam Bake

    Crowds Line Up For Seafood At Tawes Clam Bake

    Lines started forming early Wednesday afternoon at the 41st Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.  WBOC's Nicole Lauren spoke to some seafood lovers taking in the sun and good food.

    More

    Lines started forming early Wednesday afternoon at the 41st Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Crisfield.  WBOC's Nicole Lauren spoke to some seafood lovers taking in the sun and good food.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices