Governor’s Weekly Message: Celebrating Ongoing Agricultural Efforts at the Delaware State Fair

“The Fair is an opportunity to highlight the vibrancy of our agricultural community, a $1.2 billion sector with an $8 billion economic impact,” said Governor Markell. “Our farmers are some of the hardest-working and most efficient in the nation. Their products are in demand around the world and agriculture is vital part of our state’s push to increase international trade – forging bonds between Delaware and our friends and neighbors in countries near and far.”
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Delaware’s Department of Elections continues a tradition of participating in a staple of Delaware summer life, the Delaware State Fair.

stateseal1Wilmington – Delaware’s Department of Elections continues a tradition of participating in a staple of Delaware summer life, the Delaware State Fair. The Department returns to this year’s Fair with a fun and engaging presence in the air-conditioned Exhibit Hall. Stop by to learn about Delaware’s elections system, register to vote, update your voter registration, or learn some “fun facts” about Delaware’s government and elections system — and maybe win some prizes, including a Kindle®!

“We look forward to participating in the Fair each year as a key piece of our outreach to Delaware’s voters,” said Delaware State Election Commissioner Elaine Manlove. “We hope that many voters will stop by to learn more about the services available for them. We are particularly proud of our iVote portal, a ‘one-stop shop’ where Delaware’s voters can take care of just about anything elections-related, securely and at their convenience.”

State Fair hours are: 12 Noon to 10 p.m. on July 23rd, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from July 24th through August 1st. Find more information about the fair at the Fair’s web site. Visit the Department of Elections web site for information about elections, voting and the iVote portal.

Delaware Forest Service offers “Trees for the Bay” in partnership with DNREC’s rain barrel program

DOVER (March 28, 2013) – In partnership with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrels program, the Delaware Forest Service is inviting residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to “buy a rain barrel … get a free tree” through the Forest Service’s new “Trees for the Bay” program. 

For each purchase of a discounted rain barrel on Wednesday, April 17 in Kent County and Thursday, April 18 in Sussex County, Delaware residents who live in eligible zip codes will receive a voucher worth $125 toward the purchase of a qualifying tree(s) at participating nursery and garden centers. Additional rain barrel purchases to qualifying residents will be eligible for additional vouchers, while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis.

Available through DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program, the heavy-duty plastic rain barrels are for sale to Delaware residents at a discounted price of $59 each. Tree vouchers will be available to Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents when purchasing rain barrels at these pickup locations: 

  • Kent County: Wednesday, April 17 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC State Fair Building, located off Route 13 in Harrington on the north end of the Delaware State Fairgrounds just past the Centre Ice Rink.
  • Sussex County: Thursday, April 18 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or until all barrels are sold, at the DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp, located at 901 Pilottown Road, Lewes. 

Vouchers are available only to those who reside in the following Delaware communities, which are located within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed:

Bethel 19931 Georgetown 19947
Blades 19973 Greenwood 19950
Bridgeville 19933 Harrington 19952
Clayton 19938 Hartly 19953
Delmar 19940 Laurel 19956
Ellendale 19941 Marydel 19964
Farmington 19942 Seaford 19973

Vouchers must be redeemed by Sunday, May 5 at these participating nurseries and garden centers:

  • Bess Buds, 34593 Sussex Highway, Laurel, 302-875-2507
  • Jeff’s Greenhouse and Gift Shop, 7781 Main Street, Bethel, 800-276-3420
  • Barton’s Landscaping/Lawn Co., 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford, 302-629-9645

Vouchers are not redeemable for the following tree species (which are not recommended and/or considered invasive species): ash, northern red oak, Leyland-cypress, hemlock, Japanese black pine, Australian pine, American elm, Norway maple, Tree of Heaven, Paulownia, mimosa, white mulberry, Chinese elm, any white-barked birch and any species or variety of pear.

The Delaware Forest Service and DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship both recognize the important role trees play in cleaning our air and water while enhancing the quality of life for Delaware residents. Trees reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, remove excess nutrients, and filter harmful pollutants before they make their way into the tributaries, streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program is underwritten by federal funds designed to help communities meet the water quality goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay’s Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP). For more details, visit

For more information about the Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program, please visit, or contact Kyle Hoyd, Delaware Forest Service, at 302-698-4578 or email

 For more information about DNREC’s discounted rain barrel program, please call Sharon Webb, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email

Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902, or John Petersen, Delaware Forest Service, 302-698-4552.

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