On, Saturday, April 30, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Downtown Milford Incorporated, along wih Milford Parks and Recreation, are hosting the 8th Annual Bug & Bud Festival along the Mispillion Riverwalk. The festival is expected to attract over 7,000 visitors this year as it celebrates Arbor Day. The Bug and Bud Festival is a great event for the city of Milford and DMI has been working on several projects lately that will benefit the Milford community this year.
The 2011 Farmers’ Market season will kick off Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 9 a.m.; beginning their fourteenth year. The market will run each Saturday until October 29, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location of the market is 7 South Walnut Street, next to Bikes Etc., and will include vendors selling fresh vegetables, baked goods, homemade jewelry, arts and flowers. Help for the Farmers’ Market is supplied by students involved in Future Farmers of America. Those wishing to apply to be a vendor should contact Jim Cooper at 302-398-8188 to receive an application with detailed information. Fees are due weekly to Jim Cooper or his designate on the day of the market (vendor fees will be $10/week for the 2011 season). DMI would like to recognize the market vendors by placing product information or website links on the Farmers’ Market webpage so vendors are urges to please submit to the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most of last year’s vendors will be back for the 2011 season.
Downtown Milford will soon be holding Milford Social Mixers which will not only serve as a young professionals networking event but will aim to bring people into the downtown area and downtown establishments to meet new friends and/or business contacts. DMI has partnered with Abbott’s Grill for the first mixer that will have a Kentucky Derby Theme. The mixer will occur on Friday, May 6 between 5pm and 7pm and participants are encouraged to wear their best Derby hat to be entered into a contest for an Abbott’s Grill Gift Certificate
Facilitator of the event Lisa Fitzgerald commented, “When I moved here from out of state almost ten years ago, I would have loved to have a way or place to meet like-minded people my age. Milford is a tight-knit community, and it has taken me some time to really get to know people. For someone who is new to the area or who is considering moving here to take a job it can be daunting to move to a small town where you might feel isolated.” Following in the success of the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, which brought people from across Delaware, the mixers will focus on having fun and displaying the social scene in Milford.
Also, look for two new events from Downtown Milford Inc. this year. Five Free Summer Movie Nights and a Halloween Art Contest have all been approved by the Board of Directors. Downtown Milford Inc. is moving forward in an effort to use unique events and gathering to not only bring Milfordians together but also attract residents of other towns to the downtown Milford area. To find more information or get involved with the organization visit http://downtownmilford.org/.