Good day and thank you for joining us once again for our weekly “Weekender Blog,” where we preview fun and exciting things coming up over the next few days here in beautiful coastal Delaware.

You’ll notice we’re coming to you a day earlier than usual this week, and that’s a direct result of feedback we’ve received from our readers. You requested a little more time to plan your weekend activities, so we are more than happy to oblige by posting this blog on Wednesdays instead of Thursdays.

And keep those ideas coming! If there’s anything else you think we can do better, let us know. If you think we’re doing a great job, let us know that too. We want this to be a two-way street, and we encourage and welcome feedback of any kind.

Now, let’s talk about this second weekend of July 2016. With the Independence Day holiday now behind us for another year, and the fireworks all stashed away until 2017, it’s time to move on with some other great happenings and events here at or near the beach.

And boy, does this weekend offer some fun options for everyone. Some are family-friendly; at least one in Dewey Beach is not, but is something you simply have to see at least once in your life.

And keep in mind that these events are simply the ones that occur on an annual basis. There’s certainly no shortage of daily and weekly things to do while enjoying the warm temperatures at the Delaware beaches.

But for now, let’s focus on what comes our way only once a year. Here are our choices for fun and family friendly (most of them) activities for the weekend of July 8-11 in coastal Delaware:

Delaware Seashore Sandcastle Contest (July 9). This event begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Delaware Seashore State Park, at the South Inlet Day Area. This popular annual happening is celebrating its 36th year in 2016 and offers contests for both amateurs and experienced sandcastle builders in multiple age groups. Prizes will be awarded and a good time is promised for all participants. Call Delaware Seashore State Park at 302-227-2800 for more information.

Lewes Summer Craft Fair (July 9). Held at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal due to ongoing renovations at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenters Street, this annual craft fair is always very popular with locals and tourists alike. The day will feature dozens of artisans from Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland, as well as lots of live music and food options. Call 302-645-7670 for more information on this fun annual event. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, on the ferry grounds.

Dewey Beach Running of the Bull (July 9). This is the 20th year for this wild and wacky annual event and, just as we wrote last year in this blog, this is something that you really need to experience at least once in your life. Extremely popular with the younger crowds, this event has been called the “state’s silliest” in the past and was even profiled by E! Entertainment Television as part of its “Ultimate Summer Bucket List” two years ago. But really? What’s so strange about a couple of guys dressing up in a bull costume and being chased around town by partygoers? Yeah, that’s exactly what happens! So go and check it out this Saturday if you get a chance. It might be a good idea, however, to leave the kids at home, or at least let them watch from a distance. There will be a fair amount of alcohol consumed during this crazy event. Ground zero for this FREE event is the Starboard on Route 1 in Dewey Beach. The craziness begins at 2 p.m.

Watch the preview for this year's "Running of the Bull" festival below. Yowza!

Nanticoke Riverfest (July 8-9). This 22nd annual event is held a short drive from the beach in the western Sussex city of Seaford, and is the municipality’s largest annual festival. The focus of the event is on the Nanticoke River, still one of the most pristine waterways feeding the Chesapeake Bay. Hundreds of people will take to the river on Saturday on intertubes and all kinds of different and wacky floatable creations. Other activities over the two-day event include canoe and kayak races, a car show, an artist alley, a “duck dash,” a performance by the Nanticoke Indian tribe and dozens of local vendors. Visit www.nanticokeriverfest.com for more information, including a complete schedule of events. The festival is scheduled to run from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

Foodie Fest (July 10). From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Hudson Fields on Eagle Crest Road, just north of Lewes, will be the location for the 2016 “Foodie Fest.” Food truck owners have promised to donate 10 percent of all proceeds to the Harry K Foundation and to the Beebe Medical Foundation, respectively. There will also be entertainment on-site and free parking. Call 302-645-9464 for more information.

Movie Night on the Beach (July 11). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket, and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night! Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week's selections are "Minions" (Dewey Beach) and "Pan" (Bethany Beach).

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!