Mardela Spring Festival is this Saturday

On Saturday, the Westside Historical Society will be producing the 32nd Spring Festival celebrating the traditions, heritage and life in this part of  Delmarva.

Festivities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a parade featuring many of these traditions,  and highlighting the prize-winning Mardela High School Marching Band, under the direction of Cory Boltz.

The fun continues at the Mardela Springs Recreation Park on Railroad Ave., where there will be games, face painting, a special showing of “mini-hennies” (that’s miniature mules for those who never had the experience of watching farmers plowing with mules!), display of Vintage and Antique Cars,  a great Silent Auction, live music, exhibits and vendors.

And, of course, great food – BBQ chicken, dumplings, chicken salad, roasted nuts and more! And, the Rainy Day Raffle that has been going on since January, will end with the drawing of the lucky person who wins $100. Of course, you can buy tickets if you haven’t already done so.  Vendors who have not yet reserved a spot can call Vivian Calder at 410-713-9309. In the afternoon, beginning about 2:30 a mini-concert of music played by Donna Adler on the 19th century pump organ will be held in the Barren Creek Church, built in 1842, at 110 Main St.

Several families come annually to have a “family reunion” at the Festival, and any who would like to do so are welcome. Bring your lawn chairs and join in the fun!

All of this is free of course. Parking will be available near the Park, on Station Street and nearby, but Festival attendees who come early for the parade are asked to park before 8:30 to keep the streets clear for the parade. For more information, email Westside Historical Society at or phone 410-713-9309 or 410-726-8047.  

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