Firefly Makes Major Announcement, DelDOT Looks at Traffic for 20 - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Firefly Makes Major Announcement, DelDOT Looks at Traffic for 2014

Posted:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - After record crowds over the weekend, organizers of the Firefly Music Festival in Dover say the show will go on behind the International Speedway for another ten years.

Red Frog Events announced Monday a ten-year deal. And the company has already picked the dates for next year's Firefly. It will be June 20-22.

A limited number of tickets will be on sale at a reduced price for the 2014 festival Wednesday morning at nine. The acts playing next year are still yet to be determined.

This year's event doubled in size from last year's inaugural event to over 65,000 music lovers each day. The concerts were great, but the festival created major traffic problems this weekend.

There were traffic backups on US 13 from Dover to Smyrna. DE 1 was snarled at times from Dover to Middletown.

"It was a perfect storm of commuters, beach traffic and 60,000 people showing up for the festival," said DelDOT Sect. Shailen Bhatt.

DelDOT is turning its attention to improving the traffic situation for the festival in 2014. The department believes there are ways to alleviate some of that messiness next year.

Bhatt thinks traffic at firefly would be less of a headache if it worked more like a NASCAR race weekend, when campers trickle in ahead of time.

"I think next year what we'll do is work with the organizers to open up more camping beforehand. That will get some of those people in, so it's not 60,000 people showing up all at once," he said. "The bottom line is when 60,000 people show up all at the same time there's going to be challenge. But we'll learn from that for next year. We'll make some changes."

Bhatt says adding more access points to the festival next year might help with traffic, as well.

Due to car troubles, Andrew Topel is one of the last people leaving firefly Monday. He came down from Wilmington and was one of the first people to get to the festival Friday.

"We met a group over at Home Depot around 6:30 in the morning, so we lucked out on the bad traffic," he said. "We knew if we got here any later, we'd have to deal with traffic and wait in lines all day."

He thinks getting in early is the right way to go.

"It's just such a big attraction. The only thing people can do is get here way earlier."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Hundreds March in Seaford Demanding "Justice for Germani"

    Apr 24, 2018 11:09 PM2018-04-25 03:09:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 11:20 PM EDT2018-04-25 03:20:40 GMT
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
    SEAFORD, Del.- Just weeks after nine-year-old Germani Truitt-Handy was killed during a hit and run accident, her family and friends marched the streets of Seaford demanding justice. Delaware State Police say 21 year old Dwyane McConnell of Seaford was theMore
  • Two Arrested For Copper Wire Thefts in Delaware

    Two Arrested For Copper Wire Thefts in Delaware

    Apr 24, 2018 7:19 PM2018-04-24 23:19:00 GMT
    Tuesday, April 24 2018 7:24 PM EDT2018-04-24 23:24:44 GMT
    Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington. Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.
    Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.Taylor Provanchie (left) and Thomas Bradley, both of Harrington.
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems.More
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with multiple thefts of copper wire from commercial irrigation systems. More
  • Laurel Pastor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Laurel Pastor Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

    Apr 25, 2018 4:17 PM2018-04-25 20:17:00 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 4:35 PM EDT2018-04-25 20:35:06 GMT
    Pastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJPastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJ
    Pastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJPastor Cesar M. Rios Martinez of Iglesia El Espiritu Santo in Salisbury arrested on child porn charges; Photo Credit: Delaware DOJ
    LAUREL, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Authorities say a pastor at a church in Maryland has been arrested on child pornography charges.More
    LAUREL, Del. (WBOC/AP) - Authorities say a pastor at a church in Maryland has been arrested on child pornography charges.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • People March to Remember 9-Year-Old Germani Truitt and to Demand Justice

    People March to Remember 9-Year-Old Germani Truitt and to Demand Justice

    A family in Seaford is demanding justice after a nine-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run crash. Hundreds attended a march for Germani Truitt to remember her and to protest the fact that the driver who hit her is free on $6000 bond.

    More

    A family in Seaford is demanding justice after a nine-year-old was killed in a hit-and-run crash. Hundreds attended a march for Germani Truitt to remember her and to protest the fact that the driver who hit her is free on $6000 bond.

    More
  • Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Eleven Arrested in Georgetown Drug Bust

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More

    Dover Police and Georgetown Police cooperated in a drug investigation that finished with the arrest of 11 people. Police say the bust started with the search of a building at the Dunbarton apartments in Georgetown on January 31. 

    More
  • Bennett High School Students Transform Garbage into Garments

    Bennett High School Students Transform Garbage into Garments

    Students in James Bennett High School are turning trash into fashion.

    Art teacher Erin Davis led her Art 3 and 4 students in the third edition of “Project Runway Trashion Show” a STEM lesson where students create outfits and sculptures using trash and recyclable materials.

    More

    Students in James Bennett High School are turning trash into fashion.

    Art teacher Erin Davis led her Art 3 and 4 students in the third edition of “Project Runway Trashion Show” a STEM lesson where students create outfits and sculptures using trash and recyclable materials.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices