Summerfest “Sunset Serenade”

For 33 years the annual Caroline Summerfest Festival in Denton has marked the turn toward Fall in Caroline County. As vacations wind down and families prepare to return to the regular schedules set by school days, Summerfest has symbolized one last hurrah of family, friends, and food coupled with great music on three stages, free arts activities and local non-profits raising funds and friends for their good works in the year to come.
The “Sunset Serenade” theme tips the cap once again to the night-time hours while celebrating an era steeped in the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington. Festival operation hours embark in early evening for the two-day event on Friday August 19 and Saturday August 20 from 5:00 to 9:00pm. Free parking and shuttle bus transportation are available from the Health and Public Services Building located at 407 South Seventh Street on both days.
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Kid and family friendly activities are a key feature and new this year is a Saturday “Touch A Truck” display for heavy equipment and big trucks– a perfect opportunity for families to meet the “rock star” operators and sit in the driver’s seat of these big rigs. Sand piles for castles, fire truck rides, the Eagle Line Railroad display, and Pro Parties Bounce events ($) will again be located throughout the three-block historic downtown. RecCreations is the newly enhanced version of KDZart and will incorporate some new and fun ways to be a kid. They can hang-out in Blocktown, paint in Pollockland, and even create in Salsagarden.
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Other event features
The Spirit of the Revolution and the Band of Blue, CRHS and NCHS marching bands will converge to officially open the festival on Friday at 5:00pm. And this year the Summerfest Car Show will include an exclusive display of classic and custom cars in partnership with the Ridgely Car Show.
The event is supported by the Caroline County Council of Arts, Inc. with support from the Maryland State Arts Council. It is produced by the Town of Denton and Caroline County Recreation and Parks with additional support from local business and community volunteers.
 Three stages of regional and local entertainment
 Friday Car Show
 Strolling performers
 Artisans
 Free KidzArt activities
 Gaming vendors
 Food vendors
 Saturday Fireworks
Don’t forget to come out Saturday morning for the 24th Annual Rivah Run, a fun, open, two-mile paddling event for children and adults of all ages sponsored by Easton Cycle and Sport. At the finish, the best five card poker hand wins the top prize. Local businesses have also contributed prizes for other winning poker hands. Get a t-shirt if registered by July 29! Go to for info.
This festival would not be possible without the volunteers! Volunteers are needed! Have fun and be a helping member of your community and earn Service-Learning hours for school! Contact Recreation & Parks at 410-479-8120.