First time Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Chairperson Angela Dorey, with Dorey Insurance and Financial Services, says the festival was bittersweet. There were more vendors and more sponsors than ever, the Patriotic Remembrance had the largest attendance to date, and the post event comments have been awesome, however the festival began with a 9/11 10th Anniversary Tribute to First Responders that was very sad and emotional. It was hard to hold back the tears remembering that historic day ten years ago, and although the ceremony began pretty early for a Saturday morning, many people woke up in time to pay tribute to First Responders in Bicentennial Park.
Those included in the audience were Senator Gary Simpson, Representative Dave Wilson, Chamber President Fred Rohm and Representative Harvey Kenton. The American Flag flew high above the crowd, wreaths (donated by Sen. Joe Booth) were placed in remembrance, and as Eli Valenzuela paid tribute everyone was captivated. At the end of the Patriotic Remembrance firefighters dropped carnations into the Mispillion River (donated by Gooden’s Floral Shop) as they walked across the bridge.
After the Patriotic Remembrance the mood was lightened. Sadness and tears grew into smiles and positive energy. The day went on without a hitch and attendees enjoyed live entertainment, a Most Patriotic Baby Contest (sponsored by Bayhealth), a Kids Korner filled with lots of fun activities and games, over 100 vendors, a full Food Court, Old Time Vehicles from Southern Delaware Street Rods, a Motorcycle Show, a First Responders Tug-of-War and so much more. Of course the end of the festival went off with a bang…literally. All of Greater Milford could hear the sounds of the fireworks, and most could see the beautiful display organized by Milford Parks and Recreation Manager Gary Emory.
In addition to the City of Milford Parks & Recreation Department, the Fireworks could not have happened if it weren’t for everyone who bought a No Dirty Dishes Raffle (congratulations to Kelly Sylvester of WSFS Bank) and for all of our sponsors; Davis Bowen and Friedel, Inc., Fitzgerald Salvage & Recycling, PNC Bank, Downtown Milford, Inc., i.g.Burton, First State Manufacturing, Chicks and East Coast Signs.
The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival wouldn’t have been such a huge success without so many other sponsors including Corporate Sponsors Artisans’ Bank, Bayhealth Medical Center and
M & T Bank. Riverwalk Sponsors include L & W Insurance, Walls Farm & Garden, Walmart and Verizon Wireless Zone. AmericInn of Milford & Harrington, The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, AFLAC Dover Group, CNB Bank, The Better Business Bureau, Brendon Warfel Construction, Burris Logistics, The DuPont Nature Center, Fish Window Cleaning, First Class Properties, Growmark FS,J.H. Webb Auto Sales, Lank Johnson & Tull CPA’s, Mohawk Electrical Systems Inc., People’s Place, Vertical High & Water Gun Fun sponsored Kids Korner. Paddleboat Sponsors are Rep. Harvey Kenton, The Dover Federal Credit Union and Handy Home Services, LLC.
Businesses sponsoring the Festival include The Berry-Short Funeral Home, Delaware Architects, Delaware Building Supply, Halpern Eye Care, Jefferson Urian Doane & Sterner,
P.A., Milford Moose Family Center #2316, One Stop Auto Shop LLC, Pools and Spas Unlimited, The Mail Center and US Cold Storage. Tug-of-War sponsors are Atlantic Concrete Company, Norman S. Steward, Jr. D.D.S and The Insurance Market, Inc.
There were many Friends of the Festival like Dover Pools, The Duck In Car Wash, Carpets Plus Color Tile, J.H. Wilkerson & Son, Inc., Mid-State Insurance, The Milford Senior Center, Response Computer Group, Inc., William V. Sipple & Son, Wright Parker General Contractor Inc. and Under/Comm, Inc.
For more information about the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival contact Angela Dorey at 424.8459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344 or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.