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One of the major Easter weekend activities in Sussex County is always the Easter Promenade in Rehoboth Beach.
The 48th annual Promenade will be Sunday, April 23, 2000, at 1 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on Rehoboth Avenue.
Trophies will be awarded in 12 categories:
Easter stickers will be awarded to all Promenade participants.
The event includes the Easter Bunny distributing plastic eggs with children's fun prizes, entertainment by Paul Hadfield as Spats (juggling, unicycling, improvisation and comedy). Spats will serve as MC, as well.
Children may have their photo taken with the Easter Bunny for $5. Pictures, in a holiday mounting, can be picked up at First State Photo at 216 Rehoboth Ave.
For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-2233 or 1-800-441-1329, ext. 12.
Well, it's official ... Delaware now has a state dirt.
For those of us who live on Sussex County's sandy soil, it may come as a surprise that the official state soil is not sand.
Instead, it is something called "Greenwich Loam", a soil nominated for the honor by State Representative V. George Carey, a Republican from Milford.
Carey was in attendance when Governor Thomas R. Carper signed House Bill 436 designating Greenwich Loam as the official state soil.
Found in all three Delaware counties, Greenwich Loam is a prime farm soil with few limitations for most land uses.
"Officially establishing a state soil will hopefully aid in raising public awareness about soil conservation and provide a vehicle for future education about soils," said Gov. Carper.
Lest you think this is some kind of joke, be aware that many other states have officially designated a state soil, as well.
The Greenwich Loam soil was dedicated in the memory of Dr. George Demas, who died suddenly at age 41 on Dec. 23, 1999.
Dr. Demas was the lead soil scientist in the update of the recent Delaware soil survey and had more than 15 years of experience working on soil surveys in Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey.
Demas' wife, soil conservationist Susan Demas, also attended the soil ceremony.
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