Coast Day returning to Lewes this October

Jul. 03, 2018

By Connor Keane

With a new theme and a number of new attractions to complement returning ones, Coast Day will return to the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes this October 7 from 11 am to 5 pm, with activities appealing to longtime attendees and newcomers alike.

For its 41st year, Coast Day’s theme will be “Science Serving Coastal Communities,” and will be showcasing how University of Delaware scientists, staff and students are improving our understanding of the environment and serving coastal communities. With delicious food, ship tours and a number of activities aimed at a wide variety of age groups, Coast Day truly has something for everyone.

Coast Day is held by UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program on the first Sunday in October every year. It provides the public the chance to learn about the research and teaching underway at the college and the work Sea Grant is doing in the community.

Old favorites return, new ones to come

Staples of past Coast Days will be returning this year, including seafood competitions like the Crab Cake Cook-Off, a competition wherein locals are invited to submit their own special recipes to be judged with the potential of being named “Delaware’s Best Crab Cakes.” The Seafood Chowder Challenge will also be returning, bringing with it a variety of chowder to be tasted and voted on by the public. For those looking for something less seafood-centric, food trucks will be present catering the event and offering a variety of foods.

Non-food related competitions will include the annual photo and essay contests, the rules, forms and prompts for which will be available on the official contest page.

Other attractions making a return will include the family favorite critter touch tanks, where attendees can get up-close and personal with sea creatures local to the area. The Robotics Discovery Lab will once again be open to the public, where attendees will have the opportunity to see what high-tech research UD students and faculty members are conducting through the use of robotics. For families with younger children, this year’s Coast will again feature readings of the children’s books Sea Stories, which present simple marine biology lessons in kid-friendly tales.

A number of new attractions are also in the works, including new exhibitors like the Delaware Museum of Natural History and new faculty presentations like “Ocean Rocks!” After having made its way to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History this past June, the interactive experience run by CEOE marine geologist Jessica Warren will give participants a firsthand look at cooled lava from the bottom of the ocean and rocks from deep within the Earth’s crust.

Admission and parking are free. For the safety of all visitors, please leave your pets at home. This year’s Coast Day is sponsored by Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC) and Edible Delmarva, among others.