Stage set for Delaware music festival

With a week to go, Delaware’s massive Firefly Music Festival in Dover is starting to take shape. 

Stages, vendor tents, gravel roads, hammock stations and porta-potties are now set up on the grassy area near Dover International Speedway, renamed the “Woodlands.”

“To have the vision to take the woods and transform it into a mini-Woodstock is pretty amazing,” Delaware Tourism Director Linda Parkowski said while surveying the area. Firefly takes place July 20-22. Headliners include big-name acts like Jack White, the Black Keys, The Killers, The Flaming Lips, OK Go, John Legend and Death Cab For Cutie. The rock festival is expected to draw 30-40,000 music fans to the Dover area and generate $12.6 million in revenue.  

“The whole state will actually get a little bit of this economic infusion, because hotels in all three counties are booking up thanks to Firefly,” Parkowski said.

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And Parkowski hopes many of those fans will also take some time to attend the Delaware State Fair, which runs July 19-28. The fair brings roughly 35,000 people daily to the Harrington area.

“We’re hoping the music fans who come to the festival get here early and stay a little longer after it’s over,” Parkowski said.

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