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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

Date: August 6, 2013


WHAT: The Planting Hope in Delaware Garden Fair is a free family-friendly fair that promotes community gardening, gardening for people with disabilities, healthy foods and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
WHEN: Aug. 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Delaware Health and Social Services' Herman Holloway Campus, 1901 N. Dupont Hwy., New Castle, DE
WHO: Sponsored by Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), Open Door, Inc., and many additional sponsors.
PHOTO Lt. Governor Matt Denn, DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf, DDA Secretary Ed Kee and Steve Yeatman, Deputy Director of the Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services at the Department for Services for Children,Youth and Their Families (DSCYF), will make opening remarks at 9:00 a.m. in the picnic area. They will lead a "walk and roll" parade to the garden with Terry Center Campus clients carrying flags and instruments. The roll will be led by Preston's March for Energy, a group of children on specially designed bicycles. The 2013 Mar-Del Watermelon Queen, Chelsey Procino of Seaford, will distribute free watermelon samples from 9:00 a.m. to noon, immediately followed by a seed spitting contest until 1:00 p.m. Ron Jester, project director of Mid-Atlantic AgrAbility, demonstrates assistive gardening tools following the 10:00 a.m. webinar, Gardening with Arthritis, in the Holloway Cafe. The Zucchini Weigh-In at the Farmer's Market table in the picnic area celebrates National Zucchini Day. The winner of the heaviest zucchini will be announced at 1:00 p.m. The prize is an autographed copy of Delaware Farming, by Delaware Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee. Collected zucchini will be donated to a food pantry. "Big Al," the man-sized Asian longhorned beetle, will make an appearance at 1:15 p.m. in the big tent. August is Tree Check Month and Big Al will be showing the public how to check trees for invasive Asian longhorned beetles.
REMINDER: DHSS clients and Terry Center clients must have photos taken of them from behind, or at a quarter-view, to protect their identities.

SCHEDULE: View the complete schedule of events at

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