On Saturday, April 30 Downtown Milford Inc. and Milford Parks and Recreation held their 8th Annual Bug & Bud Festival. With the sun shining and the temperature in the 70’s thousands spent the day enjoying downtown businesses, vendors, activities and entertainment. The crowd estimates from Downtown Milford Inc. were between 8,000 and 10,000 people throughout the day in downtown Milford.
As tradition holds, the festival began with the kick off of the Bug & Bud Festival Costume Walking Parade which followed the Riverwalk to the main entertainment stage. The parade was led by the Festival Band under direction of Kay Meade. Highlights of the day included the Grand Opening of the newest downtown store Fur-Baby Boutique, the new Civil War Gallery at the Milford Museum and the entertaining performances that continued every half hour at the Library Amphitheater.
President of Downtown Milford Inc., Irv Ambrose, was pleased with the outcome of the event. “Every year it gets better, we brought a lot of people in town to experience what Milford has to offer. The people and the vendors were happy. I had vendors telling me that the Bug & Bud Festival is the best in the area.”
The Mispillion River was open for fishing, paddle boats, paddle boards and remote control boats. Bicentennial Park was full with families enjoying pony rides, games and great food. Downtown businesses such as Ecochic, Dolce, Minorbird and Fur-Baby Boutique all reported increased traffic and sales to their shops.
“I stopped in several businesses and spoke with the owners. They were pleased with the turnout. The bottom line is we enhanced the reputation of the Milford downtown and gave people a reason to come back and shop,” commented Mr. Ambrose.
Initial information coming out of the Bug & Bud Festival is reporting the highest number of attendees to date. The Bug & Bud offered a successful opening festival for Milford to welcome the spring and summer seasons in town. Get ready for the Hospital Fair, Saturday morning Farmer’s Market, Free Movie Nights and the Freedom Festival to close out the season.