8th Annual Bug & Bud Festival Scheduled for April 30


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.

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. 

The schedule of events is as follows:

6:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Festival set-up and vendors arrival to sites

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Information booth open with most up-to-date schedule

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:

  • Vendors and downtown businesses open
  • Kid’s Korner in Bicentennial Park: Spider Bounce, Tweety Bounce, Boom Blaster, Fire Truck Slide, Pony Rides, Misc. Skill Games
  • Native, hardwood tree giveaway at Arbor Booth along Riverwalk Mispillion
  • Bass Fishing Club Youth Fishing Contest – check in at booth
  • Nature and “green-themed” booths open along the Riverwalk.  Displays and interpretative activities presented by Abbott’s Mill, Marine Education & Research, and Friends of Prime Hook
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary display along the Riverwalk
  • Children’s Art Show and other activities in the Milford Library
  • Food Court Open – 12 vendors with delectable delights

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding ($5 per person)

9:45 a.m.

Bug & Bud Festival Costume Walking Parade to organize in parking lot adjacent to Riverwalk at corner of Church and NE Front Streets

10:00 a.m.

Bug & Bud Festival Costume Walking Parade kicks off; parade to follow the Riverwalk to main entertainment stage, led by the Festival Band under direction of Kay Meade

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Boat Dock open – free paddle boats, for-fee Paddle Board Paddling and free Remote Control boats

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Milford Museum Open

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Fur-Baby Boutique Grand Opening

10:15 a.m.  – 11:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony begins at the Library Amphitheater

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Entertainment begins with Community Band

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Eagle 97.7 live radio remote, North Walnut Street

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Chalk Art Contest on Park Ave.

Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Entertainment Continues With New Outstanding Performances Every Half Hour

8:00 p.m.

2nd Street Players spring comedy, Greater Tuna; tickets: $17.00

**All events, activities, locations & times subject to change

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 www.downtownmilford.org and follow the festival links.