Ladybug Parade, Ladybug Paddle Boats & MUCH, MUCH MORE!


 On, Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the City of Milford Parks & Recreation Department and Downtown Milford, Inc. invite you to join the fun at the 8th Annual Bug & Bud Festival along the Mispillion RiverWalk in historic downtown Milford, Delaware.

Sign up today to become a vendor for this popular festival.  Vendor applications are available at and should be mailed with payment to the DMI office (7 S. Washington St., Milford) by April 1 for a guaranteed space.

Expected to attract more than 7,000 visitors this year, the 8th Bug & Bud Festival serves as a celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Milford’s designation as a Tree City U.S.A. and Milford’s role in the ladybug’s designation as the State Bug of Delaware. 

Festival highlights are the traditional ladybug walking parade with prizes for best “ladybug” and “tree” costumes, musical entertainment throughout the day includes the fifty-member Milford Community Band as well as more than 100 plus arts & crafts vendors, a Kid’s Korner, remote control boats, a youth bass fishing contest, an art show, and “green-themed” and nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways – just to name a few!

Back by popular demand are “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides and the remote controlled boat races.

Rain or Shine and free of charge, you won’t want to miss this “over-the-top” outdoor festival!  Come listen to some great music, eat some great food, cruise in a lady bug paddle boat, don your lady bug costume for the parade, shop local and most important of all – “think ladybug!”

“We are delighted, once again, to work with the City of Milford Parks and Recreation Department to bring such a delightful event to the Milford community,” said Irv Ambrose, Downtown Milford, Inc. Board President.”

For more information, contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180 or visit and follow the festival links.