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Pumpkin Fever in Delaware

By Linda Tancs

Ever wonder what happens to all those Halloween pumpkins?  It might surprise you to learn that people from across the country converge east of Bridgeville, Delaware to launch pumpkins into the air during the annual Punkin Chunkin competition in November.  Now through 4 November, teams will use their engineering skills and ingenuity to hurl their pumpkins to the greatest heights.  A nationally recognized event, a share of the proceeds is earmarked for charitable giving.  What better reason is there to chunk than that!

Apple Scrapple in Delaware

By Linda Tancs

If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s this:  Bridgeville, Delaware’s Apple Scrapple Festival always takes place during the second weekend in October.  Of course, apples are ripe and ready for harvesting and storage in October.  But you can’t miss the smell of scrapple being processed in the summer months in this western Sussex County town.  Come celebrate their export at the festival this weekend.  The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. on Friday with the carnival, food court and street dance.  Enjoy Saturday’s full day of events, including the Little Miss Apple Scrapple pageant, the skillet toss and scrapple chunkin’, and the scrapple slingin’.  So who’ll be this year’s King of Sling?

Invention Convention

By Linda Tancs

Calling all young inventors:  today is your last chance to tinker at the Invention Convention taking place at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware.  Features include Tinkering Tables to disassemble and discover gadgets, a station to invent your own device and obtain a Hagley patent, a Factory System to try your hand at assembly work and a Patent Model exhibit where you can examine Hagley’s collection of patent models made by real inventors.  Workshops run continuously throughout the day.

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Delaware’s Distinctions

By Linda Tancs

Delaware became the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.  Needless to say, historical sites and artifacts abound, but Delaware’s distinctions also extend to its cuisine, unique festivities and great beaches.  Learn more about the First State at Travelrific® Travel Show

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Jewels of the Brandywine Valley

By Linda Tancs

Beginning today, the glorious mansion and grounds of the late industrialist Alfred duPont will re-open after an eye-popping $40 million renovation.  Named Nemours after the family homeplace in France, the estate is one of the highlights of the Brandywine Valley, located on Rockland Road in Wilmington, Delaware.  While you’re in the neighborhood, why not follow the Brandywine Valley wine trail in the Philadelphia countryside and enjoy the spoils of the six wineries competing for your nose and palate.  Poetry in a bottle?  Perhaps.  But a good vintage is better savored than spoken about.

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