Return Day Town Crier Kirk Lawson in front of the 1836 Sussex County Courthouse where he will read the returns of the 2016 election to the crowd from the balcony Thursday. This tradition of Return Day dates to the election of 1812.
Georgetown Mayor Bill West announces that the 2018 Mayor's Hatchet Toss contest will be at 9 AM Thursday November 8th next to the Old Court House at 10 South Bedford street just off the Circle. He challenges ALL Sussex County Mayors to show off their tossing abilities.
President of Return Day, Debbie Jones was pleased to announce that Rosalie Betts Walls, former President of Return Day 1990-2016 and a Delaware and Georgetown Volunteer of the Year is the 2016 Return Day Parade Grand Marshal.
Republican, Democrat, or Independent, there’s only one party that matters this political season – it’s the one on The Circle in Georgetown that kicks off Sussex County’s Return Day celebration.Sussex County’s unique, after-election event promises plenty of music, games, food, and more as winners and losers will come together with the community on Thursday, Nov. 8th, to celebrate the end to the 2018 campaign season. But before the familiar parade and ceremonial ‘burying of the hatchet’ on Return Day itself, the party gets started the night before on Wednesday, Nov.
Plan on coming to Georgetown that evening, entertainment is on the Circle, Ox will be roasting, food vendors will be open and cold BEER is on tap!Come on out to Georgetown for America's only "Return Day" the election party is 206 years old and still going strong! Check the events page for the schedule.
Presidential reins of the Sussex County Return Day Committee have changed hands – the first changing of the guard in 26 years.With Return Day less than 10 months away, Debbie Jones is the committee’s new president, succeeding longtime president and committee member Rosalie Walls.In-depth planning for Return Day Nov. 10 will get under way soon said Ms. Jones, saying that right now Ms.
Here are the results from the Return Day Events.Cornhole 2016 Tournment Money.......1st. Terrance Davis & Jordan Thomas 2nd. Ralph Floyd & Chris Wisnewski 3rd. Jeff Clausen & Guy Wilkins......-Trophy......1st. Chip Larsen & Mike Reed Nutter D. Marvel Carriage Award…… Randy Davis Vis-a-Vis pulled by Halflingers .....President's Trophy......
"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.
103rd Return Day!
The 103rd Return Day will be Thursday, November 8th, 2018. Held every other year since 1812, that makes us 206 years old! SAVE THE DATE!