10th Annual Bug & Bud Festival Next Weekend

Rhonda and Dan Bond leading the annual Bug & Bud Parade in downtown Milford.
Rhonda and Dan Bond leading the annual Bug & Bud Parade in downtown Milford.

On Saturday, April 27 Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation will hold their 10th Annual Bug & Bud Festival. This year event goers will enjoy over 100 food and merchant vendors, downtown businesses, activities and entertainment. DMI estimates that the crowd this year will be around 10,000 people walking the streets and enjoying downtown Milford.

The Bug & Bud Festival is a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and nature. The significance of the ladybug in Delaware is tied to Milford when a local second grade class petitioned the Delaware State Legislature in 1973 to accept the ladybug as the official State Bug. The festival also serves as a celebration of Arbor Day and Milford’s designation as a USA Tree City.

“The Bug & Bud Festival serves to honor our city in several different ways,” commented DMI President Irv Ambrose. “It highlights our town motto of river town, art town, hometown by accenting the Mispillion River, showing off our many different local artists and attracting people to our downtown business district. As always we will not only attract people from Milford but also from several surrounding areas.”

The Mispillion River will be open for fishing, paddle boats, paddle boards and remote control boats.  Bicentennial Park will be full of family activities including pony rides, games, entertainment and great food.  Downtown businesses such as Ecochic, Dolce, The Mispillion Art Gallery and Fur-Baby Boutique will be open among the other downtown merchants.

“It’s a family-friendly event and it is always so much fun,” commented DMI Promotions Committee Chair Marilyn Ambrose. “There is so much to do, plenty to eat and entertainment for kids of all ages.”

Festival highlights are the traditional Ladybug and Tree costumed parade, diverse local entertainment throughout the day, 100 plus arts & crafts vendors, a Kid’s Korner, a children’s art show and “green-themed” nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways. Popular attractions include “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, multiple children’s games, a Chalk Art contest and more.

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”. For more information, contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180 or visit www.downtownmilford.org and follow the festival links.


2013 Bug & Bud Festival – Schedule of Events

April 26, 2013 Signage Posted for Street Closings Milford Police


April 27, 2013

6:00  – Barriers placed at Street Closings

6:00-8:30  – Vendors arrive/usher escort Vol. police at barriers

8:30 – Information Booth opens

8:45 – Kid’s Korner Ticket Booth opens

9:00 – Festival starts

Kid’s Korner opens in Bicentennial Park

Food Courts open

Children’s Art Show at Mispillion Art League

Native, hardwood tree give-away at Arbor Booth

along the Riverwalk

Life Ring demonstrations at bridge-Carlisle Fire


Youth Fishing Tournament begins along the Riverwalk

9:30  – Bug & Bud Parade Line-up in the Parking Lot of

Calvary Methodist Church on SE Front Street

9:45 – Parade from Calvary Methodist Church to Richard M. Johnson Amphitheater at the Library Amphitheater

Boat Dock Opens- free Paddle Boat rides

10:00 – Tai Chi Demonstration in Memorial Park South

10:00-4:00 –  Master of Ceremony, Mark Dissinger will be making

announcements throughout the day

10:00-12:00 –  Eagle 97.7 Live remote broadcast at LadyBug Shop

12:00-2:00 –  La Exitosa

11:00-4:00 –  Stage entertainment begins with outstanding

performances every half hour

12:00 –  Youth Fishing Tournament ends

12:00 – Chalk Art Contest on Riverwalk Basketball Court

1:00 – Youth Fishing Tournament winners announced at the Amphitheater

3:00 – Winners of Chalk Art Contest Announced at the


3:45 – Kid’s Korner ticket sales closed

4:00 – Vendors leaving Volunteer police at barriers

5:00 – Barriers removed Parks & Rec

All events, activities, locations & times subject to change