The 2013 Riverwalk Freedom Festival (RWFF) Committee, along with Milford Parks and Recreation, has been busy planning the largest Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival ever, set for Thursday September 5th, Friday September 6th and Saturday September 7th. 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 5 with the 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 honor both Veterans and Current Military with the 2nd annual “Operation Giveback” which will be set up in Bicentennial Park on the SE Front Street side of the Mispillion River. The opening ceremony begins at 5:30 pm and many other activities will continue from through 9:00 pm including a Military Relaxation Station, Patriotic Boat Parade, Delaware National Guard and BK Party Rentals Inflatable zone and live music performed by Reunion from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. A variety of vendors will be offering favorite local foods and beverages.
The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival is the only event in Milford that has Fireworks as it continues to raise funds this year for the biggest and best firework display yet. This year the firworks have been moved to Friday, September 6 at dusk.
On Saturday, September 7, the Riverwalk Freedom Festival in downtown Milford will continue the tradition on the original day the Festival began. The festival will run Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm., closing the streets and parking lots downtown, filling them with individuals and families from all over Delmarva. Downtown streets will host 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 opportunities to enter to win prizes.
New to the festival this year will be the “Cheers to Hero’s Scavenger Hunt” which will be the final event of the festival, running Saturday night from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am. Various businesses in downtown Milford will be open and participating by handing out scavenger items to participants. All participants have the opportunity to get free stuff, and win fun and exciting prizes.
The Chamber is currently seeking donations and there are several sponsorship levels for the entire festival. For more information concerning the fireworks and sponsorship opportunities, please call Ruth Abbate at 674-2600. Individuals interested in being an Operation Giveback Vendor can contact Cheryl Doucette at 672-6435 ext. 8, while those interested in being a Food Vendor can contact Donna Stalvey at 233-1520. Individuals that would like to be a craft, business or organization vendor can call Laurie at 422-3344. For additional information individuals can visit The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford website or follow the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival on Facebook.