The parade begins at 10 a.m. at firehouse on Main Street and runs west to Edgar Road to the town park where the fair will be held. Contests include hula hoop, jump rope and limbo competitions and also a pet trick competition.

Townsend will be celebrating the 13th anniversary of its Town Fair Saturday, Sept. 22.

The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade on Main Street that begins at the fire hall and continues west to the Townsend Park on Edgar Road. Townsend is proud to announce that the Del-Tech Drumline and the Smyrna High School Band will highlight the parade line-up once again, and a new addition to the parade, the1st Delaware Regiment Fife & Drum Corps, will bring a little “history” to the event. Other parade entries include the Townsend Fire Company, several floats and classic cars, Spiderman, Jester the Buffalo, the First State Military Academy, American Legion Post 25, and VFW Post 3792.

The parade will conclude about 11 a.m., at which time the Townsend Elementary Choir will perform the National Anthem in the gazebo at the park.

This year’s fair has the best selection of craft vendors ever, offering jewelry, hair accessories, candles, quilts purses, pillows, afghans, scarves, shawls, baby items, tumblers, aprons, terrariums, windchimes, doll clothes, floral accessories, motivational signs, toys, hats, wreaths, dog clothing, palet wine racks, wooden crafts, burlap wreaths, holiday décor, wooden flowers, pot holders, wallets, chocolates, bird houses and feeders. In addition to crafters, there will be over 15 direct sales vendors and numerous vendors providing information on a variety of topics.

The Townsend Fire Company and New Castle County Paramedics will be on hand with vehicles on display, hoping to sign up new members. The Sussex Vet Center/Dept. of Veteran Affairs will also be on site with their van, providing information on assistance that is available to veterans.

A host of activities will keep children happy. Games including golf, basketball, tin can knock down, ring toss, and more will be set up for small children by the jungle gyms, where a face painter, the 4-H petting zoo, and a kiddie train ride sponsored by the MISSION Church will also available. Both large and small inflatable obstacle courses and a large slide, also sponsored by the MISSION Church will be set up between the pavilion and the basketball court.

The fair will also be loaded with activities, and D. J. Jammin’ Jeff will provide announcements and music.

The tentative schedule is:

Delaware State Police K-9 demo at 11 a.m.,

DSP helicopter landing around noon,

awarding of parade trophies at 12:30 p.m.,

followed by hula hoop, jump rope and limbo contests on the basketball court.

The pet trick and costume contests sponsored by Concord Pet Food & Supplies are on the agenda for 1:30 p.m., with fantastic prizes being awarded. Each entrant will receive a goody bag, and there is no entry fee. Pet owners are encouraged to register in advance. Entry forms are available at Town Hall and Concord Pet, and are also available on the town’s website. Last-minute entries will also be accepted at the park.

The basketball free throw competition begins at 2 p.m., followed by a tug-of-war championship at 2:30 p.m.

Visitors better come hungry to the fair. Menu selections include hamburgers, hot dogs, cheesesteaks, Hawaiian pork, buffalo chicken, fries, crab fries, crab fritters, fried plantains, sweet potato fries, grilled crab cakes, meatball and pulled turkey sandwiches, sausage and peppers, chicken wings, fish, pierogis, kielbasa, potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage, and grilled cheese, topped off with Kona Ice, Mini Melts, and Italian water ice and ice cream.

For more information, e-mail Councilwoman Lorraine Gorman at lgorman@townsend.delaware.gov or call Town Hall, (302) 378-8082.