Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach Celebrates 26 Years
This year’s event boasted new changes including an additional block added to the walking route, satellite parking and shuttle service, new activities located at the Atlantic Sands Hotel pool deck including fish printing and soap carving, an expanded fiddlers’ festival, trick-or-treat bags, arts and crafts and more.
The event kicked off Friday with a Tyek bike race on the boardwalk, choo choo express train rides and movie & fall fun at the Sussex Family YMCA. Event organizers also brought back trick-or-treating opportunities. For two nights in a row, kids were able to trick-or-treat in Dewey Beach beginning Friday, Oct. 23rd from 6:30-7:30 p.m and again on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
The British Invasion Experience, Neon Swing X-perience, Jimi Smooth & HitTime, The Funsters, and The PanTones were welcomed back to the Rehoboth Bandstand! The festival added Nothing But Trouble, No Spare Time, and Paul Zavinsky to the lineup as well. On top of these performances, balloon artist Wes Holly was out and about making his twisted balloon creations!
On Saturday, Oct. 24th beginning at 10:30 a.m. the costume parade kicked off featuring costumed participants, local bands, decorated cars and more.
But the fun didn’t stop there.
On Saturday from 1-6 p.m., the Delaware State’s official Fiddlers’ Festival featured fiddlers and banjo players performing for a full day of entertainment. The event included old fashion beach games, peanut on the nose race, hula twist off, slippery swords, a broom tossing contest, witch hunt and more.
The main event on Sunday included a 5K race and 1 mile fright walk and a “Best Costumed Dog Parade.”
The dog parade was sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Animal Hospital. Dogs and owners paraded down the Boardwalk letting the crowds check out their outfits. These four-legged friends were dressed as lifeguards, Egyptians, chickens, cowboys, chefs, police and more.
Sea Witch Festival has won awards such as Winner of Delaware Tourism Awards: “Outstanding Special Event” & “Annual Hall of Fame Event,” Winner of Business News “Top 250 Events,” Five time winner of the American Bus Association National “Top 100 Events,” Winner of Delaware Today’s “Best Annual Event” and Proclaimed Delaware State’s Official Fiddler’s Festival.
Check out WBOC’s Storfiy and some of WBOC’s photos from the event!