A little rain didn’t keep the residents of Milford from enjoying the great tradition of the Milford Community Parade. Despite the bad weather it was a great turnout once again. The colors yellow, orange and brown filled the streets reflecting this year’s theme, “Scarecrow Bob’s Fun Fall Festival”.
The Milford Community Parade, originally themed as a Halloween parade, began 70 years ago under Ed Evans who was Milford’s Mayor during World War II. In recent history the Gray family has facilitated the event for the past 24 years. Jim Gray recalls taking over the parade with his son Charles because he “wanted to bring people downtown to support the local businesses.” The Milford Community Parade, Inc. and the Gray family carried on the tradition this year with a parade to be proud of.
Continuing a long-standing tradition of his own Congressman Castle was at the front of the parade dressed as “Congressman Frankenstein”. “I love the Milford Parade; it is a chance to see the best of everything, from bands, churches to families. It is a tradition that I would not miss,” said Congressman Castle as he waited to step off. Other government officials that were present included Attorney General Beau Biden, State Auditor Tom Wagner and Representative Bob Walls.
The children of Morris Elementary School were excited to show off their school pride in support of the Parent Teacher Partnership initiative. These students, in kindergarten and first grade, were all smiles when it came time for taking pictures. So were the Cub Scouts of Pack 186 as they waved to the crowd of spectators. The local 4-H, Lions Club, and bands from across the state were also there to show their support for the town of Milford.
Next year’s theme for the Milford Community Parade will be the same so start coming up with those great ideas now!
Wednesday Night’s Winners:
Fabulous Full Service Salon won first in commercial floats
Kids Inc. of Reformation Lutheran Church won first in school/daycare floats
Clendaniel Family won first in under 18 floats
Mispillion Kennel Club won first in over 18 floats
Themed decorated vehicles winner was Central Delaware Mustang Club
Costumed characters under 18 winners were Kenny Gulledge and Marlee Gray
Costumed characters over 18 winners were Sonic
Antique vehicles’ winner was Donald Tatman
The winner for Specialty Entries was Wolfe and little red riding hood
Top bands were, Crisfiled , Interboro, Dover High and Dover Middle Schools