A giant birthday party is about to unfold at the Dover Days Festival's 80th anniversary on The Green from May 3 through May 5.

A giant birthday party is about to unfold at the Dover Days Festival's 80th anniversary on The Green from May 3 through May 5.

The longtime festival, presented by Kent County Tourism, will feature games and activities for the entire family.

"The Dover Days Festival is Kent County's largest festival and one of Delaware's longest running events that celebrates First State history," said Lorraine Dion, director of special events and public relations for Kent County Tourism. "We invite everyone in the Mid-Atlantic Region to adopt Dover as their state capital for the weekend, and join us for three days of family fun."

For those interested in participating in the festival, there's a list of registration deadlines below.

Colonial and Victorian demonstrating artisans

Participants should register by Wednesday, April 10 for Saturday, May 4. Participating artisans will be permitted to sell their handmade products as long as they demonstrate their craft or trade and dress in period costume.

Vendors and exhibitors

Arts and crafts vendors, resellers, non-profit organizations, commercial, home and trade and food vendors' registration deadline is Friday, April 19, if not sold out prior to April 19. Vendors may exhibit Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, or elect to exhibit on Saturday only.

Dover Day Parade and Kritter Sitter Pet Parade

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 19 for the parades on Saturday, May 4. Floats, marching bands, car clubs, youth groups and more are welcome to participate in the parade at no charge. Commercial entry fees are $25. There is no entry fee for the pet parade and all participating pets will receive a ribbon.

Car show

Twenty-six trophies are up for grabs in the 5th Annual Dover Days Winner Ford Hyundai Car Show, set for Sunday, May 5. Those who register by Friday, April 26 save $5 off the day-of registration fee of $15. The first 50 registered will receive a full-color commemorative dash plaque.

Cornhole tournament

The Delaware Lottery cornhole tournament, set for Sunday, May 5, will hold pre-registration through April 26 at $25 per team, and day of registration is $30. Cash awards will be presented to first, second and third place winners.

WHAT Register for Dover Days' 80th anniversary
WHEN 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 5
WHERE Dover Days' 80th anniversary, The Green, Dover
COST Certain events will require a registration fee; see below in story for more info
INFO DoverDaysFestival.com or 734-4888