With a year of planning and at least a dozen attractive exhibitors, live music, food trucks, and lots of terrific activities for kids, the second annual Yorklyn Day had something for everyone, but will probably be most remembered for the heat.
Temperatures soared near triple digits on Sunday, and the event date moved to one of the July 4th holiday weekends. So turnout was noticeably down from last year’s successful event, which was held in June. Yorklyn’s Dew Point Brewing Co, which manufactures several varieties of craft beers and invited four bands to perform this year, served 2,500 people last year.
Festival-goers this year had their choice of 10 craft brews on tap in Dew Point’s air-conditioned tasting room or a handful of beers that were offered outside on the patio, including a special Yorklyn Day brew – Newton’s by the Sea, a light Belgian table beer. Ping pong and corn hole were arranged on the grounds of the brewery, but most were happy listening to the live music just sipping under shade trees and umbrellas.
Dew Point co-owner John Hoffman said the weather was unfortunate, but the vibe was still great. “It a great event. My wife worked hard on the planning all year. For sure it will get bigger and bigger.”
Jungle John parked himself in the Kids Zone and invited little ones to pet his 7-foot Albino Boa Constrictor snake named Larry Boa, after the baseball player. Kids also enjoyed pony rides, animal visits by the Brandywine Zoo, martial arts performances and a dinosaur show (with puppets) by Jungle John.
Artisan and craft vendors, including few fair trade exhibitors Water is Life Kenya and Made to Meander, and seven food trucks were scattered throughout Yorklyn – from the First Aid/Kids Zone area to the Center for Creative Arts.
Amanda and Edward Gordon kept their 3 and 5-year-olds busy soaking in the train and 1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon rides at Auburn Heights. “The day has been great. It’s a lot of fun. But it’s definitely hot out,” said Amanda. “We came to Yorklyn for the train rides, but we found out there was so much more.”
Event proceeds will benefit the Center for Creative Arts and Delaware State Parks.