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‘A great day for Deltaville’

Children have a way of making something from nothing. Above, they spin in a circle until they made themselves dizzy. In the background, adults groove to the Rip Tide Band’s classic rock at the Deltaville Seafood Festival last weekend. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

The late Kevin Wade of J&W Seafood thought there were ways to improve the Deltaville Seafood Festival, said Carolyn Schmalenberger, who chaired this year’s festival.

Schmalenberger said Wade was her “wingman,” assisting her in putting together three previous festivals, and he chaired the festival last year.

Wade, who died a few months ago, was a proponent of making the Deltaville Seafood Festival a two-day event and making it so visitors could enjoy beer or wine as they strolled through the festival grounds. Those two ideas came to fruition for the first time on May 10-11. “We always listen to people,” said Schmalenberger. “That’s the only way we can improve and grow.”

Live music drew a good-sized crowd Friday evening and there was a baseball game at the Deltaville Ballpark. The good times continued Saturday with more music, baseball games and a wide variety of art, craft and food vendors.

“It went extremely well and exceeded my expectations,” said Schmalenberger. “It was a great day for Deltaville.”

The Wall
The climbing wall was back. Children scrambled up it, while adults challenged one another. “I think you both should climb to the top and renew your wedding vows,” said a joking patron, who got a reply of “You first . . .”

Michael Moore, bass player in Rip Tide, took a dare and said he’d try to play bass from the climbing wall. The stunt didn’t work, but Moore has a memorable photo of him swinging from the safety tether with his instrument. It’s titled “Air Guitar.”

Thanks to areas being cleared, there was more space for the festival to grow.

Twenty-two boats, more than ever, were on display by smiling dealers.

Schmalenberger thanked all the volunteers and sponsors. “We very much appreciate every sponsor and all the folks who worked behind the scenes. There is no way we could do this without the volunteers.”

Schmalenberger said proceeds from the festival will go to the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) and help maintain the buildings and grounds, including the tennis courts and the Deltaville Ballpark.

Economic development
The Deltaville Seafood Festival, a good time for many, is part of economic development that is important to keep a community thriving, Schmalenberger said. She hoped the two-day festival was a big step for the area and perhaps brought a number of people to the area who had never visited Deltaville before.

posted 05.16.2019

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