Riverwalk Freedom Festival Kicks Off 11th Year

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Milford’s largest annual outdoor festival will be held next weekend as the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford prepares to celebrate the 11th anniversary of September 11 with the Riverwalk Freedom Festival from Thursday, September 6 to Saturday, September 8. What originally started out to be a one-day event has evolved into a fun-filled, three-day event spanning the entire downtown Milford area from Walnut Street to BiCentennial Park.

The events will kick off this year on Thursday, September 6 with the 3rd Annual “Smile for Freedom” 5k Run and 3k Walk. The event will benefit the American Cancer Society and the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford with registration opening for the walk at 5:30 pm and the run 6 pm at Extreme Total Fitness. Also on September 6, Abbott’s Grill will be donating 10% of their proceeds to the “Smile for Freedom” 5k Run and 3k Walk when the event is mentioned by customers.

Friday’s activities will involve several new events including “Operation Giveback” that will be set up in Bicentennial Park on the SE Front Street side. “Operation Giveback” is following the freedom theme of the festival and is dedicated to veterans. There will be over ten veteran related informational booths, an opportunity to make donations to various organizations, a Veteran’s Relaxation Station, a contest for the best patriotic decorated booth and much more. “Operation Giveback will take place from 4 pm until after the fireworks display on Friday night.

Also on Friday, September 7, on the Mispillion River, the first ever Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival Patriotic Boat Parade will take place. Everyone with a motor boat is invited to participate by decorating their boat in a patriotic fashion. captains must be in the water, ready for the parade to start at 6:30 pm. There will be judges choosing their favorite decorated vessel and prizes will be awarded to the best decorated boat. The boats are invited to stay in the Mispillion River to watch the fireworks at dusk.

Saturday is the day the festival originated and this year on September 8th, the Riverwalk Freedom Festival in downtown Milford will continue that tradition. The festival will run Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm., closing the streets and parking lots downtown, filling them will individuals and families from all over Delmarva. Downtown streets will be filled with over 100 vendors selling everything from jewelry to jam. Community non-profit organizations and chamber business booths will be located mostly along the Riverwalk and will have representatives and information available, as well as games, giveaways and many will have opportunities to enter to win prizes.

There will be 10-20 food vendors in the parking lot next to Bicentennial Park again this year. Also in Bicentennial Park will be live entertainment including Delmarva Stars Talent Competition taking the stage from 2 pm to 4 pm. Make sure to catch the Annual First Responders Tug-of-War Competition on the Washington Street Bridge at 11:00 am to cheer on your favorite team. The Antique Tractor Club will be back again between the Milford Senior Center and the food court, and the Southern Delaware Street Rods will be in the Senior Center parking lot lining the streets around the Center.

To learn more about the 3-Day 2012 Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival contact Chairperson Angela Dorey at 424.8459. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford or any of the events we host, call 422.3344, email milford@milforchamber.com, visit the website at www.milfordchamber.com or check them  out on facebook.