What: Okt Doverfest
When: Saturday, Sept. 26 1-9 p.m.
Where: Lockerman Street, Dover, Del.
Tasty drinks, rockin’ entertainment and a good cause.
The second annual Okt Doverfest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1-9 p.m. on Lockerman Street in Dover, Del.
“There were nine business owners and a couple residents of downtown Dover that got together to come up with this idea,” Cameron Llewellyn, chair person of the event, said. “People are really good at getting together and complaining but the budget in Dover isn’t a pretty picture so we took it upon ourselves to help.”
This is the second Okt Doverfest the group has put on. Last year the event saw 500-600 people and this year they expect 2,000-3,500 people. The group has expanded their efforts into two events, the second one being the History, Heritage and Hops festival, also know as ‘H3.’
“There were about 1,500 people for ‘H3’ and we raised enough money to pressure watch three blocks of Lockerman Street,” Llewellyn said. “We do other community cleanup events, we get people to volunteer and we all clean the sidewalks.”
Llewellyn believes downtown Dover should be a nice place where people like to shop and eat.
The organization decided to involve local breweries, wineries and distilleries with these two events because they’ve found a festival with alcohol results in people staying longer. The group also says some of the breweries donate the beer and spirits.
“There are a lot of sponsors and a lot of support,” Llewellyn said. “Every penny we get goes towards the beautification of Dover.”
The event is rain or shine and there are tents and canopies if it does rain. Smokin Joe Acoustic Duo, Maxon Dixon Band and Mike Hines are just a few of the artists that will be performing at this event. Guests can also expect to see Harvest Ridge Winery, Painted Stave Distilling and Delaware Distilling Company at the event.
The group is ready for a great turnout with fun for the whole family, including face painting, moon bounces and more, for the kids.
“The more people there are, the more fun we have, the more we can help the community,” Llewellyn added.