Payouts Did you eat at Crabby Dick's this year to help the greyhounds? Well, it worked! Crabby Dicks donated $1,058 to greyhound adoption for the meals you bought! We have already paid out this money to God's Greyts (Orlando, FL), Greyhound Pets of America-Delaware (Newark, DE), and Forever Home Greyhound Adoption (Middleburg, NY) to bring more greyhounds home from the track!
In addition, we raised about $9,700 more (after expenses) from T-shirt, hat and car magnet sales and from registration fees. This money will also be donated to busy greyhound adoption groups, including
Thank you for your support to help bring more greyhounds to a forever home from race track kennels!
Survey Results We sent out a survey to all registrants on October 20th. If you did not receive one, check your spam files. The results are in and we will be posting the results and posting our responses to questions or suggestions. We get some of our best ideas from folks who attend our events.
We had 114 responses to our survey. Here's what we learned...
Our first question asked how long people have attended Greyhounds Reach the Beach®. Results suggest that about 20% of our attendees attended for their first year this year, and 25% had attended 2-5 years. About 38% have attended since 1995-2007. What this tells us is that the belief of many "old timers," that most who attend the event remember the "good old days" (1995-2007) when the event was centered in Dewey Beach, may not be accurate. More people attend Greyhounds Reach the Beach® who are fairly new to the event (45%) than those who have attended since before 2008.
Why Can't Everything be in Dewey Beach? This brings up a suggestion we hear from time to time from the "old timers." Why can't we have the event, with vendors, speakers and registration, all in Dewey Beach like we used to do? To answer this question, you have to understand how the little town of Dewey Beach has changed from 1995 until today.
History From 1995 to 2008 the event was managed by The Greyhound Project. It was held in tents, parking lots and restaurants around the Town of Dewey Beach. After a nor'easter blew down the vendor tents in 2007, the Greyhound Project decided to stop managing the event. The reasons were eloquently expressed and had to do with the development of condos and hotels in Dewey Beach which diminished open areas or restaurants where the event could be held. They also cited the difficulty of obtaining liability insurance after the tents blew down. Thus the event officially "left" Dewey Beach with the Greyhound Project in 2008 due to the lack of available space.
Today, ten years later, Dewey Beach still offers no suitable options for hosting the event. We have combed through the parking lots and businesses of Dewey Beach to find a location. We have checked with parking lot owners and real estate experts. We have spoken to Town officials. Condos have taken over much of the open space of the town. Space is at a premium. A small home in Dewey Beach will sell for over a million dollars. There is much less room now for the event than there was in 2008 when the Greyhound Project decided the town could no longer support the event. Businesses do not want to give up their parking lot. Many businesses do not allow dogs.
The Hyatt Place in downtown DB, perhaps the one space that is large enough to host the event, has quoted us prices of $10,000 a day to use one of their ballrooms. (Not a realistic option.) Those who think the summer tourist season is over and we should be able to get bargains everywhere are misinformed. October is peak wedding season for this beach resort, particularly for the Washinbgton, D.C. crowd. Compared to Washington, D.C., Dewey prices are a bargain. Prices at hotels and restaurants can be very high at this time of year. In 2018, there will be auto races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Dover Speedway. This will likely impact area hotel availability and prices.
Dewey Decisions Decisions by the town government of Dewey Beach have also made the Town less attractive as an event location. They are the only town in Delaware that charges a $115 vendor fee for vendors who vend from their hotel rooms. They charge a "dog license fee," unlike any other beach community in Delaware. The good thing about their fee is that they use the fee to provide poop bag kiosks to help keep the beaches clean.
Then this year, after the greyhounds' loyal presence in Dewey Beach for 22 years, the Town issued an event permit to another large breed dog event on Columbus Day weekend, causing concerns for our attendees. Recent upheaval and confusion in the Dewey Beach town government made this year's communication and relationship with the Town even more difficult. We are very hopeful that the new mayor and town Commissioners will help us turn the page on some of these challenges.
Nostalgia While there is great nostalgia for the old GRtB event held in Dewey Beach, the Greyhound Project announced in 2008 that there was no place to hold the event in Dewey Beach. That was ten years ago. That was when the event left Dewey Beach. The situation has only gotten worse in the intervening years. The main event will not be returning to Dewey Beach unless a large, inexpensive, greyhound friendly location suddenly rises from Atlantis and presents itself in Dewey Beach.
E-Booklet We asked whether or not the E-Booklet was helpful in planning your weekend. 83% of respondents felt the E-Booklet was helpful. 5.5% felt that they glanced at it but it wasn't all that helpful. About 8% offered a comment.
Several people said they wanted the E-Booklet sooner, more than a week to ten days before the event. The fact is, information is changing right up to the beginning of the event. Speakers can change their minds or new speakers could decide to respond to invitations posed months earlier. Vendors cancel or decide to attend. Hotels get new owners and change policies. A booklet produced a month early would be even less accurate than the booklet we create now. We do post regular changes to the event on this Updates page so that people have new and changing information ahead of time. Printing the E-Booklet even earlier would not help people get more accurate and correct information.
Traffic Some folks complained that the traffic at the beach is very heavy, especially on Rt. 1. As we indicated above, the beach is very popular at the beginning of October. We wish there was less traffic but we unfortunately don't have that power.
Schedule Communication Some folks wanted better communication about the event schedule. We send out an E-booklet with a great deal of information a week before the event. We also handed out a double-sided sheet at the registration table with schedule information. That said, we think we can do a better job of make the schedule clearer within one section of the booklet. Some folks said there were too many things going on for a four day weekend. Part of the beauty of this event is that while you can't do everything, you get to chose what you do.
Food Vendors We worked hard to arrange food vendors at Sleep Inn and at Revealtions Craft Brewery. The vendor we had scheduled for Sleep Inn on Thursday and Friday cancelled, and we were able to replace them with another. Then the vendor on Saturday cancelled on Saturday (truck broke down) and we had no time to make other arrangements. Similarly, the pizza vendor scheduled at Revelations Craft Brewing cancelled before the event, but we were able to find a great replacement. Kudoes to Sara Dougherty for finding vendors for us!
Vendors at Other Locations Some folks wondered why some of the vendors located in Dewey Beach and at the Rehoboth fire hall were not listed in our E-Booklet. Any vendor, no matter their location, may buy an ad in our booklet. That said, not all choose to do so. We feature all the vendors who buy an ad for our booklet and support the event. We don't exclude anyone who contacts us and wants to buy an ad in our booklet. In addition, our event booklet states that there are additional vendors in Dewey Beach and at the Rehoboth fire hall.
More survey info to come...
Here's a drone video from Skyjack video at Sleep Inn from today's activities, Friday October 6th!
Greyhounds Reach the Beach® Updates!
We teamed up with greyhound artist and illustrator Kent Roberts to design a fantastic greyhound adoption cap. A greyhound in a classic sitting pose framed against the setting sun. Make a statement about what dogs you love with this striking greyhound cap. All proceeds go to greyhound adoption groups.
Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is a registered trademark of The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc. The trademark refers to the greyhound event begun in 1995, and held in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for four days every Columbus Day weekend. Managed by The Greyhound Project for many years, the event is now managed by The Grapehound Wine Tour, Inc., a Delaware registered, IRS approved 501(c)3 non-profit corporation established for the benefit of greyhounds and other sighthounds.
All proceeds from The Grapehound Wine Tour® event in New York and the Greyhounds Reach the Beach® event in Delaware go to pay for event costs and the balance donated to participating 501(c)3 greyhound adoption organizations so that they may transport, vet, and place adopted greyhounds from race tracks around the country. No officer or member of our Board of Directors receives any money whatsoever for our volunteer services.
Our gorgeous Greyhounds Reach the Beach® logo was designed by greyhound artist Linda K. Evans of East Clarendon, Vermont. Linda will be exhibiting her art at Sleep Inn with about two dozen other top vendors this October.
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