On Saturday, June 28 the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford (CCGM) held their annual Smile For Freedom 5K Run. Benefiting The Chamber’s Milford Riverwalk Festival Fireworks, Delaware Prostate Cancer Coalition and Milford High School Cross Country Team, the race was held at Mispillion River Brewing (MRB). After finishing the race, participants enjoyed libations from MRB and yard games while they waited for the medal ceremony.
Historically the race kicks off the Riverwalk Freedom Festival weekend in September but this year the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford felt that this year’s venue presented an opportunity to highlight a new business and extend the reach of the overall festival. On Friday, June 27, The Chamber announced several changes that will be added to the Freedom Festival this year.
On Friday, September 5, a series of events will kick-off the the two-day celebration of the Freedom Festival at the 3rd Annual Operation Giveback, where Veterans and current military will be honored. Opening ceremonies begin at 5pm and activities including a Patriotic Boat Parade, military related vendors and two live bands run from until 9pm. Vendors will be offering a variety of food and beverages as the evening will conclude with Patriotic Fireworks at dusk.
Saturday, September 6, the festival will run from 9am until 5pm. There will be over 100 craft vendors, several food vendors, BK Party Rentals Inflatable Kids Zone, Kids Korner with a dunk tank, petting zoo, pony rides, shows and games. Community favorites such as the First Responders Tug of War at 11am, the 2nd Annual Burgers-N-Beans Burger Eating Contest at noon in Bicentennial Park, the Duck Dash at 3:30 pm, free paddleboat rides and the Southern Delaware Street Rods Car Show will return.
The Cheers to Our Heroes Scavenger Hunt will be held Saturday, September 6 at 5pm to Sunday, September 7 at 1am as several Downtown Milford businesses and restaurants will be participating. Each location will have drink and food specials and there will be discounts for having a military ID. Individuals that wish to participate can stop by the CCGM booth between 10am and 4pm at the festival to pick up their entry form.
The Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival is the only event in Milford where event goers can enjoy a wonderful fireworks display. The Chamber is currently seeking donations and sponsorships to help with the cost of the fireworks. “Donations can be anything from one dollar up, as every bit helps. If you and your family enjoy the fireworks, please help us reach our goal,” commented Jo Schmeiser, CCGM Director. “There are also many volunteer opportunities available, and it’s not only a great way to meet people, but a great way to have fun too.”
For more information concerning the fireworks or sponsorship opportunities for Operation Giveback, or any of the events on Saturday, individuals are encouraged to contact the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford at 422-3344. If interested in volunteering Friday or Saturday, individuals can contact Riverwalk Freedom Festival Chairperson Angela Dorey at 302-424-8459.