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Contact: Barbara Woodford, Wilmington State Parks, 302-577-7020,, or Necia Beck, Delaware State Parks, 302-739-9175, 

Pawpaw Folk Festival to be held Aug. 24 at Blue Ball Barn

WILMINGTON (Aug. 21, 2013) – The Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park will host the second annual Pawpaw Folk Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24.

The festival is a family-friendly day filled with fun activities.

The star of the festival is one of Delaware’s native trees, the pawpaw. Hikes to the pawpaw urban forest and pawpaw fruit-tasting are offered. Folk artists will provide entertainment including: storytelling by Eunice LaFate and Clem Bowen; music by Chapel Street Junction, Two of a Kind and Runaway Train; art displays such as jewelry by Janet Kofoed, Christine’s Creations, and Jacqueline Donahue, photography by Florence Collins-Hardy, weaving demonstrations by Delaware Fiber Guild, hand-knitted items by Christina DeGroodt, basketry by Partnership Crafts, pottery by Doug Donohue’s Clay Creations and woodworking by For Woodness Sake.

In addition, the Brandywine Traveling Zoo will be on hand from 10 a.m. to noon. Food vendors, including Java Puppy, Woodside Creamery and Slack’s Hoagie Shack, will provide refreshments throughout the day.

The pawpaw is the only food source for caterpillars of the zebra swallowtail butterfly, and Alapocas Run State Park has the perfect habitat for the tree. This event is made possible by Delaware State Parks and by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission to the festival is free; park entry fees are in effect.

Alapocas Run State Park in Wilmington features a multi-use trail that connects to the Northern Delaware Greenway, the Can-Do Playground and the historic the Blue Ball Barn. The Blue Ball Barn was built in 1914 by Alfred I. DuPont and is named after the Blue Ball Tavern, an inn and meeting house that was once located near the property.

Located at 1914 W. Park Drive, Wilmington, the Blue Ball Barn is the home of the Delaware Folk Art Collection, which reflects local cultures of Delaware. It is available to rent for meetings, conferences, formal functions, casual luncheons and more.

Additional information about Alapocas Run, Blue Ball Barn, Wilmington State Park programs and programs throughout Delaware State Parks is available at

Vol. 43, No. 318
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