Georgetown Mayor Bill West announces that the 2014 Mayor's Hatchet Toss contest will be at 9 AM Thursday November 6th next to the Old Court House at South Bedford street just off the Circle. He challenges ALL Sussex County Mayors to show off their tossing abilities.
President of Return Day, Rosalie Walls is pleased to announce that W. Layton Johnson, former Mayor of Georgetown, Retired Brig. General and longtime Town Crier W Layton Johnson will be the 2014 Return Day Parade Grand Marshal.
Return Day announcement: Return Day 2014 is going back to it's roots. The Ox Roast is back on the Circle, Wednesday night Nov. 5th the entertainment will also be on the Circle, appearing on the Delaware Electric Cooperative Stage starting at 5 PM .The second Cornhole and Horseshoe tournaments will also be on the Circle Wednesday night. Of course, the VFW beer wagon and 16 Mile Craft Brewery beer tap are also going to be on the Circle that night.
Return Day President, Rosalie Walls, wishes to share with you that the Sussex County Return Day Committee and the Town of Georgetown have worked together to bring back the Return Days of Old. Road closures will be kept to a minimum, closer to what Return Day was like in the 1990's and early 2000's. The Ox Roast will be back on the Circle, food vendors will be on North Bedford Street as they were before. The Wednesday night bands, starting at 5 PM will also be on the Circle.
Again this year, a Cupcake Competition! Check out the form below to register, complete and fax the application to 302-855-9088 or 302-855-1030 or mail it to P.O. Box 55, Georgetown, 19947. Take your entry to Chardon on Wednesday for judging and good luck!
"Carriage Owners -If you own a carriage please consider participating in the Return Day Parade. It is a 200year old tradition ! Politicians ride thru the parade in horse and carriage. If you are interested in participating in the parade an escorting one of the politicians please complete the Carriage Participation Form. Your help is needed to help keep this age old tradition alive."Carriage Participation form
Although the date of the first RETURN DAY in Georgetown is uncertain, it could have been as early as 1792. The State Law in 1791 removing the County seat from Lewes along the Coast to the a more geographically centered site, later named Georgetown, required all votes to be cast in the new County Seat on election day.
The same voters would "return" two days later to hear the results - hence the name RETURN DAY.
101st Return Day!
The 101st Return Day will be Thursday, November 6, 2014. SAVE THE DATE!