Well, we all survived last week's horrible weather and can now move on with the 2015 fall festival season here in southern Delaware.

This weekend features an event that was once named one of the best in the country by national publications, a gathering to help kids with Down Syndrome, a scary good time near Georgetown and a couple of other unique events you will only find here in our local area.

And please read to the end of this week's blog to learn about a remarkable man who's overcoming significant personal challenges to make a difference and bring awareness to others who share his lot in life. He's one of those people on Delmarva who, once you meet, you will never forget. Take a moment to read his story and get to know Tim Hill.

On to this week's featured events:

Apple Scrapple Festival (Oct. 9-11). This is one of the biggest events of southern Delaware's fall festival season and is one surely not to be missed. Ranked by national publications as one of the top 100 festivals in the United States, this quirky event centers on the two things tiny Bridgeville is known for – T.S. Smith Apples and RAPA Scrapple. Activities include a car show, food vendors, craft vendors, carnival rides, live music and a special "Scrapple Slinging" contest among many of the area's mayors and civic leaders. Visit www.applescrapple.com for more information.

Greyhounds Reach the Beach (Oct. 8-11). Started in Dewey Beach more than 20 years ago, this unique event brings greyhounds from around the country, and their owners, together for a few days of fellowship and special events. There's even an ice cream social for the dogs! Many of these pooches are retired from the racing industry and were later adopted by their owners, when their careers at the track were finished. There are more than 50 vendors in the Rehoboth/Dewey area who participate in the event, so if you see a few sleek and stealth hounds at the beach this weekend, be sure to say hello. Visit www.grtb.org for more information on this unique gathering.

Screams at the Beach (Now Through Halloween). The award-winning "Screams at the Beach" haunted attraction near Georgetown has kicked off for yet another year of scary delights. Open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., at the Sports at the Beach complex east of Georgetown, this popular attraction features five haunts in total, all centered around the haunted village of All Hallows. If you like the spooky and scary for Halloween, the volunteers and coordinators at "Screams at the Beach" will give you a memorable evening for sure. Visit www.screamsatthebeach.com for more information.

Boardwalk Buddy Fest and Buddy Walk (Oct. 9-10). This fun annual event, with all proceeds going to help children with Down Syndrome, is celebrating it's 10th year in 2015. The weekend includes two events – the "Buddy Up Party" on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dewey Beach Lions Club Community Center, and the "Buddy Walk" on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Visit www.boardwalkbuddywalk.com for more information or to register for the walk.


13,500 Feet for ALS (Oct. 10). This is one we had to include if for no other reason than to highlight the spectacular and inspirational man at the center of it. On Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., the Ten Mile Miracle Foundation is hosting a unique event based at the Laurel airport, in the western part of the county. Local resident, and ALS patient, Tim Hill could barely walk when diagnosed with the disease years ago, but eventually was able to walk from Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach last year (10 miles, thus the name of the organization). This year, he and several of his family members and friends are jumping from 13,500 feet above Laurel to continue bringing awareness to the debilitating disease. Come out and support Hill and his organization – all proceeds go to help people with ALS on Delmarva. Visit www.tenmilemiracle.com for more information or HERE to read Hill's story.

These are just a few of this weekend's fun-filled events here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.

And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!