Community Event

No Riverfest, but Float-In continues Seaford tradition

By Glenn Rolfe
Posted 7/10/24

SEAFORD – The Float-In, the signature tradition from which Nanticoke Riverfest evolved more than two decades ago, is set for Saturday, July 13, as part of a tribute weekend to the former …

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Community Event

No Riverfest, but Float-In continues Seaford tradition

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SEAFORD — The Float-In, the signature tradition from which Nanticoke Riverfest evolved more than two decades ago, is set for Saturday, as part of a tribute weekend to the former Riverfest event.

In January, city officials decided that Riverfest had run its course, and the 2023 event would be the last, due to a chronic decline in participation, sponsors and volunteers.

Riverfest had traditionally been held the second weekend in July. For many years it was a multi-day and night event.

The Float-In participation has continued to grow over the years.

“We had a little float, and it grew from there,” said City Manager Charles Anderson.

While there is no Riverfest, the Float-In, a popular event that draws scores of people in various flotation devices for a lazy cruise down the Nanticoke River, continues. It will begin at noon, with launching from the traditional site – the First State OMS on Riverside Drive at Sussex Highway.

Float-In entry fee is $2 per person.

Registration will open about an hour before the start of the Float-In.

The evening before, Friday Night Live will be held as part of the Nanticoke Riverfest Tribute Weekend. It will run from 5 to 9 p.m., based in the back City Hall lot at 414 High St.

There will be vendors, music and much more.

For the Float-In, all floaters under 16 years of age are required to wear a life jacket.

Visit seafordde.com for additional information.

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