You’ve probably noticed that we here at the Oldfather Group love to write about the area where we live and work. We honestly believe that coastal Delaware is one of the greatest places on the east coast, and there’s quite frankly nowhere else we would like to be.
And we know that many of you feel the same way.
When finding things to write about, we often depend on the vast knowledge of the local area that is engrained in the minds of our agents and staff members. We pride ourselves on knowing coastal Delaware in an intimate way, and we love telling you about it as much as we can.
But we also scour the Internet at times to read what others have to say about southern Delaware. And today, we want to take a few minutes and talk about a special feature we read recently on www.movoto.com.
Titled “30 Things People From Delaware Have to Explain To Out-Of-Towners,” we thought the piece was funny and quirky and explained the uniqueness of our state pretty well.
If you want to read this article in its entirety, you can do so via the link above. But we thought we would take a few of the items that specifically relate to southern Delaware and put our own unique spin on them.
And that’s what we’re going to do right now. We hope you enjoy it, and please don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook and/or Twitter pages.
As always, we love to hear what you have to say…
- Smashing Pumpkins Isn’t Only for Delinquents. Number 3 on the Movoto list, we just had to mention this one, as the craziness that is Punkin Chunkin is returning in just a few weeks after a two-year hiatus. If you’ve never been to this wild and wacky southern Delaware festival, we encourage you to do so – trust us, it’s not like anything you’ve ever seen before. This year’s Punkin Chunkin Festival is being held in Bridgeville from Nov. 4-6 (not at Dover International Speedway as the online article suggests). You can visit www.punkinchunkin.com for more information and we will also be talking about it soon in our Oldfather Group “Weekender Blog.” More than 100 teams are expected at this year’s festival, by the way, in several different categories. Maybe we’ll see you there?
- Scrapple is So Good, It’s Got It’s Own Festival. Number 5 on the list, we had to mention this one for the same reason as Punkin Chunkin. This year’s Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville is actually coming up THIS WEEKEND, Oct. 14-15, and is another one of those festivals that you just simply don’t want to miss. It revolves around the town of Bridgeville’s two main claims to fame, the apple orchards at T.S. Smith & Sons and the RAPA Scrapple factory. We will have a full writeup in our “Weekender Blog,” so be on the lookout for that. Visit www.applescrapple.com for more information.
- Awesome Beaches Aren’t Only Found Down South. Number 7 on the list, we just couldn’t let this one slip by could we? We love the 26 miles of Atlantic coastline we have here in southern Delaware and we know you do too. It’s what draws millions of people each year to our state – it’s always been that way and it always will be that way. Delaware’s beaches have won many awards from regional and national publications and organizations over the years, some centering on how awesome the beaches are and others for issues like water quality and other environmental issues. And we love that Movoto used the word “awesome” because it’s the same word that we use every day to describe our beaches. Wouldn’t you agree?
- Chickens Are A Big Deal Here. Well yes, they are. Since long before the area’s coastline because so popular, there were chickens and lots of them (check out the Delaware Public Archives photo below from the 1954 Delmarva Chicken Festival parade). Did you know that Sussex County actually produces more broilers (young chickens suitable for broiling) than any other county in the United States and that more than 1 in 10 people in Sussex actually work either directly or indirectly for the poultry industry? Poultry companies contribute billions of dollars annually to our state’s economy and is our biggest industry, along with tourism. Keep that in mind the next time you sit down for a yummy chicken and dumpling dinner. Which brings us to…
- The Dumplings In Delaware Are A Bit Slippery. Number 9 on Movoto’s list, we actually touched on this in a previous blog entry on unique Delaware food items. Our dumplings here in the First State are not like those you find down South, but are large rectangles that are rolled very thin and served most often with chicken. Yes, chicken and dumplings is one of our favorite meals in southern Delaware, along with seafood. Most restaurants here serve a version of this delectable dish, and we certainly have our favorites. No doubt many of you do as well.
- What You See Is What You Pay. During the winter months, especially in recent years, coastal Delaware remains filled with activity and excitement. And a big reason for that is the great local shopping that can be found, all without a sales tax. If you live in or are visiting coastal Delaware, why would you go to another state to shop and pay an extra 4 to 7 percent, when you can avail yourself of the great tax-free shopping right here? The stores on Rehoboth Avenue, the outlets along Route 1 and the great local shops from Millsboro to Bethany Beach, and all points in between, await you.
- The Running Of The Bulls Isn’t Just a Spain Thing. Ah, the Running of the Bull in Dewey Beach – now there’s a unique coastal Delaware festival you’re sure not to forget anytime soon. Read more about this in our “Weekender Blog” from a few weeks ago, but here’s all you need to know about this crazy festival in Dewey Beach – a man in a bull costume (yes, an actual human) dresses up and chases festival goers along the boardwalk and the beach before everyone meets back at the bar for a post event celebration. There’s a little more to it than that, but you get the idea. This is one you want to check out, if for no other reason than just to say that you were there. The Dewey Beach Running of the Bull Festival is held every summer in the resort.
- Disc Golf Isn’t Just a Hobby. Number 17 on the list, we thought we would briefly mention this one. Playing disc (or Frisbee) golf is a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends and family, while getting a little exercise to boot. You can play recreationally or in a league and get better as you go, but either way, it’s a lot of fun. There are courses at many of our state parks, so give it a try and see what you think.
- Delaware’s Small Size Doesn’t Slow Down Its Beer Production. Well now, that’s a fact. With so many craft breweries now in southern Delaware (Read More About Them Here), they’ve become a destination of their own in recent years. From Dogfish Head to 16 Mile, Crooked Hammock and many others, we have some of the best craft brews in the country right here in southern Delaware, and many of them offer tours to the public. And you have to love this tidbit on Movoto – Dogfish Head produces enough beer annually for everyone in Delaware to drink more than two beers a day. Let’s give that a shot, shall we?
- Despite Its Tiny Size, Delaware Could Really Be Two States. Ain’t that the truth? They may call us “Slower Lower” down here in Sussex County, but guess what? We know it and we love it! It’s more relaxed here and we like it that way. While northern Delaware is busier and a bit more hectic, we enjoy the beach, the slower pace of life and pretty much everything there is to see and do here in “the south.” From the beaches in the east to the rich history and farmland further inland, this is where we want to be. As many here like to say, this is “God’s Country.”
Okay, so there you have it. While there were 30 items on Movoto’s list, we took the 10 that we thought most pertain to our way of life here in southern Delaware and put our own little “Oldfather Group Spin” on them.
What do you think of the list? Are there other things you would have included, or additional comments about the things that we mentioned?
Please let us know what you think on our social media pages and visit us again for more news and info about coastal Delaware.
Have a great day everyone!