11th Annual Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Only Weeks Away

Riverwalk Festival from 2011

By Jo Schmeiser CCGM Executive Director

Summer is almost over, the kids will be in school soon, so that can mean only one thing, it’s almost time for the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival. Milford’s largest annual outdoor event with the only fireworks display you’ll see in Milford, is set for Saturday September 10th.

Actually the event kicks-off Thursday September 8th at the 2nd Annual “Smile for Freedom” 5K Run/Walk, and continues Friday September 9th with a Park Party in Bicentennial Park beginning with Country Band The Jones Boys taking the stage from 5:30 to 7:30, and playing rock-n-roll, The Mari Hill Band will be jammin’ from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Then there’s Saturday, the big day. Over 100 vendors are expected, not including over 20 food vendors, plus a Motorcycle Show, Southern Delaware Street Rods Show, an Antique Tractor Show and this year many First Responders Displays lined up on Washington Street. Oh, and don’t forget, the Milford Public Library renovations are complete so there will be plenty of vendors filling the Washington Street Library Parking lot as well as entertainment in the Amphitheater. There is also a full line-up of entertainment all day in Bicentennial Park right up until dark, when you’ll have the opportunity to see the largest fireworks display yet.

Speaking of which…The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford and the Milford Parks and Recreation Department raise the money to pay for the fireworks, and if you would like to contribute we have opportunities available to do so. The chamber is running a “No Dirty Dishes for a Week” Contest. For as little as $1.00 you can take a chance on winning over $300.00 (7 restaurants) worth of gift cards from area eateries. Or, you can make a cash donation of any denomination. If you have a business and would like to sponsor the fireworks, your name will be included on the large entertainment stage banner and you’ll have several marketing opportunities. Join i.g.Burton, Downtown Milford Inc., First State Manufacturing and Troops Catering as a RWFF Fireworks Sponsor.

If your business would like to get exposure in another way you can be a vendor at the festival, as most sponsorship levels include a free booth. If you would like to be a sponsor, yet don’t want to have a booth, that’s fine too.

The sponsorship levels run from $50.00 (Friend of the Festival) up to the $1,000.00 Bicentennial Park Sponsorship. Wilmington Trust, Bayhealth Medical Center and Artisans’ Bank invite your business to join them as Bicentennial Park Sponsors, and Walls Farm & Garden, Walmart and TDP Wireless Zone say there’s plenty of room to join them as Riverwwalk Sponsors.

Other sponsorship opportunities include Tug of War $100.00, Paddleboat $250.00, Kids Korner $250.00, Duck Dash $350.00, First Responders $500.00 and Train $500.00.
This year Bayhealth Medical Center is hosting their annual company picnic at the festival on Saturday, and since the 10th Anniversary of 9-11 is Sunday, this year’s events will include a First Responders March and a Patriotic Remembrance Saturday morning at 8:30.

The attendance is expected to increase by a few thousand this year and this is an event that will bring wonderful exposure to your company as a supporter of the community. The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival is a family event from the 5K Run/Walk Thursday to the fireworks display
Saturday evening, with so many opportunities you won’t want to miss being a part of it.

For more information about the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival opportunities or about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford call 422.3344 or visit our website: www.milfordchamber.com.