REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The kids are back in school, the hectic nature of the traditional summer season has come to a close and the warm weather has started to cool – but the days of hunkering down and hiding from Old Man Winter are still many notches on the thermometer away!
What better time than now to visit the picturesque, 5 star beaches of the Delaware coastline? September is simply the best month of the year for visiting the Delaware beaches, but only if you prefer less traffic and smaller crowds on the beach and boardwalk, while still enjoying the warm waters of the Atlantic.
"September used to be considered a 'shoulder season' here in southern Delaware, but it's really become more of an 'extended season,'" says Scott Thomas, executive director of Southern Delaware Tourism. "Contrary to what was once popular belief, the beaches don't just shut down after the first weekend in September."
Adding to the allure of the fall in southern Delaware is the abundance of award-winning and popular local festivals. The festival season climaxes in October and early November in southern Delaware and includes:
- Apple Scrapple Festival (Oct. 12-13, Bridgeville). On your way to the Delaware beaches in early October, plan to stop by the small western Sussex County town of Bridgeville and take in a festival that is as unique as they come. The Apple Scrapple Festival features live entertainment, a scrapple-carving contest, a car show and much more. Visit www.applescrapple.com for more information.
- Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival (Oct. 26-28, Rehoboth Beach). For a frightening good time the week before Halloween, be sure to visit the annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival in Rehoboth Beach. The event is organized by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and provides fun for the entire family. Visit www.beach-fun.com for more information.
- World Championship Punkin Chunkin (Nov. 2-4, Bridgeville). What began as just a few local men tossing pumpkins around a field in 1986 has grown into the global event that it is today. Participants now come from all over the world to see how far they can shoot the orange gourds across an open field. Visit www.punkinchunkin.com for more information.
- Return Day (Nov. 8, Bridgeville). Return Day is an event as rich in history as The First State itself. Dating back to as early as 1792, the event features a parade and festival two days after Election Day. Stemming from colonial times when the public would congregate in Georgetown two days after the election to hear the results, the day is marked by a traditional parade around The Circle and the ceremonial burial of the hatchet by leaders of the county's political parties.
For more information on fall events in picturesque southern Delaware, visit www.visitsoutherndelaware.com or call Southern Delaware Tourism at 302-856-1818.
Contact: James Diehl
Southern Delaware Tourism
Media Relations Manager
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SOURCE Southern Delaware Tourism