Alapocas Run State Park

Wilmington, Delaware

(302) 577-1164

2016 Pawpaw Folk Festival

Save the Date!


Saturday, August 20, 2016
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the Blue Ball Barn at Alapocas Run State Park (map)
Free with paid park admission

About the Festival

The star of the Festival is one of Delaware’s native trees, the Pawpaw. Learn more about this little known plant and its importance to the Zebra Swallowtail butterfly through hikes, informative displays and tastings. The folk arts are celebrated through folk craft demonstrations, storytelling and musical performances. This family friendly event is FREE with paid park admission.


Festival Schedule

Presenter/Demonstrator Program Time
Megan Knight Music: Alt-Country 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Sharon Naccarato Gallery Talk: Metal Sculpting 10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
First State Heritage Park - Deanna Rishell Candle Making 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Brandywine Zoo - Hannah Pretz Traveling Zoo 10 a.m. - Noon
Auburn Heights Preserve Steam Power 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Delaware State Parks Pawpaw Hike 10:30 a.m. - 11
Nmandi Chukwuocha & Al Mills Poetry with the Twin Poets 10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Jessica Graae Music: Folk Rock 11:15 a.m. - Noon
TAHIRA Storytelling 11:30 a.m. - Noon
Delaware State Parks Pawpaw Hike 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Marilyn Nugent Lampworking 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fort Delaware State Park 1860s Games and Crafts 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brandywine Creek State Park Monarch Butterflies 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
TAHIRA Storytelling 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
UD Extension - Carrie Murphy Creating a Food Garden 12:15 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Tater Patch Music: Old Time 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Delaware State Parks Pawpaw Hike 12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Simple Gifts Music: Folk & World 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bellevue State Park Wiggly Worms 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wilmington State Parks Birds on the Move 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Simple Gifts Learn how to Play Spoons! 1:40 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
North American Pawpaw Growers Association - Ron Powell 10 Things to Know About Pawpaws 1:15 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Susan Benarcik Bookmaking 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Delaware State Parks Pawpaw Hike 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Saul Broudy Music: Folk 1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
DE Department of Agriculture - Faith Kuehn Being Bee Friendly 2:15 p.m. - 3 p.m.

All Day Events (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

First State Heritage Park - 18th Century Artifacts
Willis Phelps - Blacksmithing
New Castle County Master Gardeners - Home Gardening Information
Delaware Local Food Exchange - Store Information & Samples
94.7 WDSD - Live Broadcasting
Delaware Solid Waste Authority - Delaware Recycling Information
North American Pawpaw Growers Association - Pawpaw Information
Friends of Wilmington Parks - Pawpaw Tasting
Just Blooms by Jen - Pawpaw Plants for Sale

Folk Artists

Janet Kofoed - Handcrafted Jewelry
Doug Donohue's Clay Creations - Pottery
Joan Betzold - Handwoven Baskets
For Woodness Sake - Woodworking
Gladys Shaw - Weaving
George Williams - Duck Decoy Carving

Food Trucks

WiLDWiCh - Gourmet Sandwiches
Papa Smurfs BBQ - BBQ
UDairy Creamery - Ice Cream



For questions on the festival, please call Wilmington State Parks at (302) 577-7020 or email DNREC_WilmingtonProg@state.de.us.