You have enough to do just designing Rover's tricorner hat for the costumed pet parade. So we've taken care of the other details that go into planning a visit to the Dover Days Festival:
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: The festival itself is free, but individual events charge fees ranging from pennies to up to $30 for the two-day house tour. Free events include Friday's outdoor concert, maypole dancing on the Village Green, and some children's crafts.
Getting There: Driving is the easiest, quickest and least expensive method, even taking the tolls north of Baltimore into account. Those living north of the city will head north on I-95, and then southeast on Delware Route 1. Expect to pay tolls of roughly $13 round-trip.
Residents located farther south should cross the Bay Bridge, and take Maryland 301 north to Delaware Route 300 east. After a short distance, Route 300 intersects with Highway 44. Follow 44 east until it becomes Highway 8, which runs through the heart of Dover. The only toll is the $2.50 round-trip charge for using the Bay Bridge. Festival organizers say the southern route is more scenic and lower-stress than the northerly passage.
Expect the approximately 200-mile to take about 90 minutes in each direction. With gas this week averaging $2.81, motorists will spend about $22.50 on fuel round-trip.
Parking: After arriving in Dover, follow the signs to designated parking lots. Most events at the festival itself are within walking distance, though there is a shuttle to such special events as the tea at the governor's house.
Lodging: Several hotels are offering discounts of up to 20 percent for overnight visitors, including a selection of establishments that accept cats and dogs participating in the Saturday afternoon pet parade. Room rates range from $69 plus taxes, to $185 plus taxes.
Information: For a full schedule, lodging details and other information, go to http://www.doverdaysfestival.com, or call 800-223-5368.