Freedom Festival Begins this Friday

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The tradition of  the Firefighters Tug-of-War Competition is always a favorite for event goers.
The tradition of the Firefighters Tug-of-War Competition is always a favorite for event goers.

The 2014 Riverwalk Freedom Festival (RWFF) Committee, along with Milford Parks and Recreation, has been busy planning the largest Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival ever, set for Friday, September 5th, Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September. 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.

“This yearly event is all about family, enjoying time together and having fun with the rest of the Milford community,” commented Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford President Angela Dorey. “It is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer while enjoying the beautiful downtown Riverwalk area.”

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.

Throughout the three-day event, Milford residents and visitors have the opportunity to see what downtown Milford has to offer. Highlighting the Mispillion Riverwalk and recreational activities available along the river, the Chamber sees this festival as a fun way to promote downtown businesses, performing, culinary and visual arts in Milford. “I hope that families there that day see what I see what I look at Milford,” commented Dorey. “That Milford is a great place, with a beautiful downtown and an active business community.”

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.

 

Schedule of Events

Friday, Sept. 5th :

9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library Book Sale

4 p.m. until Sold OutMilford Parks & Recreation Chicken BBQ Dinners for sale in Bi-Centennial Park

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.  Facebook Check-in station in Bi-Centennial Park. Check in on Facebook &like the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival page on Facebook to be entered to win a tablet courtesy of Verizon Wireless Zone of Milford.  Prize winner will be notified on Sunday Sept. 7th via Facebook.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Guest Appearance & MC, Petch Eagle 97.7 Morning Show Personality 

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  BK Rentals Kid’s Inflatable Zone in Bi-Centennial Park

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Live music performed by “Down Tyme” & “Reunion” on main stage in Bi-Centennial Park

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Dunk Tank in Bi-Centennial Park

 

6:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony “Operation Giveback” in Bi-Centennial ParkMilitary Affiliated Vendors display. Relaxation Station for Veterans and Current Military courtesy ofAaron’s. Bring proper Military ID and you will receive a free burger compliments of Burgers N Beans. Immediate family members will receive Food Vendor discounts (Friday Night Only While Supplies Last)

6:30 p.m. Patriotic Boat Parade on the Mispillion River between Goat Island & Walking Bridge *Free Entry & Prizes to be awarded.

Fireworks will be Friday Sept 5th shortly after DUSK

 

Saturday, Sept. 6th Events :

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  Breakfast at the Milford Skating Center $5 and under (benefits Milford Community Parade) 

9:00 a.m. Free Yoga class Courtesy of Milford Massage, Wellness & Yoga at Pavilion in Bi-Centennial Park

9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Friends of the Milford Public Library Book & Hot Dog Sale

9:00 a.m.  Farmers Market Opens – Downtown Milford at Walnut Street & River walk

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Free Zumba at the Milford Skating Center

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Cool 101.3 Live Remote Radio personality Dana on N. Walnut & N.E. Front Street.

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Southern Delaware Street Rods Car Show – Milford Senior Center Parking Lot

10:00 a.m.  Magic Show Featuring Kim Z Magic sponsored by Subway at the Bicentennial Park Stage

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Facebook Check-in station in Bi-Centennial Park – Check in Facebook & like the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival on Facebook to be entered to win a tablet provided by Verizon Wireless Zone of Milford. Prize winner will be notified on Sunday Sept. 7th via Facebook.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Shire of Caer Adamant – Performances full contact Medieval Fighting shows throughout the day

10:00 a.m. Milford Community Band – Performs at Milford Library Amphitheatre

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Food Court is Open in parking lot in front of Arena’s Sports Bar

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Festival Sponsors, Local Business, Crafters,Vendors Displays along Walnut Street, Washington St, Denny’s Row, and

Bi-Centennial Park North and South and along the Riverwalk

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kids Area – BK Rentals $5 Inflatable Zone, Play games and win prizes Memorial Park South and Basketball court

10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Milford Senior Center hosts Woodcarvers Expo & Crab Cake Sandwich Sale

10:45 a.m. First State Dance Academy performs on the main stage Bi-Centennial Park

11:00 a.m.  First Responders Annual Tug of War on the Washington St. Bridge

11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eagle 97.7 Live Remote on Walnut St.

12:00 Noon Burgers n Beans Burger Eating Contest on main stage in Bi-Centennial Park – Limited participants permitted! Contact bruce@burgersnbeans.com or 725-5140

12:00 Noon to 4 p.m.  Lunch at the Milford Skating Center – Pizza, Hot Dogs Etc.

12:00 Noon – Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy student performances ages 3 to 12– Library Amphitheater

2:00 p.m. – Magic Show Featuring Kim Z Magic sponsored by Subway on the main stage in Bi-Centennial Park 

1:00 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Whirl-A-Ways Square Dance Group Performs at Milford Library Amphitheatre 

1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Milford Skating Center Free Skate $2 Skate Rental  

3:00 p.m. – Abbotts Mill Nature Center – Reptiles and Amphibian Show at Library Amphitheatre

3:30 p.m. – Duck Dash on the Mispillion River between walking bridge and Washington Street Bridge

6:30 p.m. – Milford Skating Center – Roller Derby Bout

Kids Area Saturday Sept 6th Memorial Park South 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Purchase a wrist band for $5 and bounce all day at BK Rentals Inflatable Zone

Play games & win prizes at the GAME ZONE in the basketball courts. Tickets for games, dunk tank, fire truck rides and petting zoo can be purchase by the Game Zone. FREE Paddleboat Rides at Lofland’s Dock. FREE Diaper changing Station courtesy Proctor & Gamble. Rock climbing wall and trampolines by Vertical High and Pony Rides, CASH only! No tickets accepted.

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Dunk Tank in Memorial Park South Staffed by Milford School District Teachers, Coaches and

Staff.  Come down and dunk your favorite teacher!

After the Festival Saturday Sept 6th 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.  2nd Annual Cheers to our Heroes Downtown Scavenger Hunt

Participating Merchants* Abbott’s Grill * Arena’s * Longshots * Park Place *

Search through downtown Milford for free tokens from local merchants while enjoying food, drink and merchandise specials. Complete an entry form at

participating locations to win $25 gift certificates from * Abbott’s Grill * Arena’s * Longshots * Park Place *

 

FOR INFORMATION OR PARTICIPATION IN ANY OF THE EVENTS PLEASE CONTACT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR GREATER MILFORD 302-422-3344 OR MILFORD@MILFORDCHAMBER.COM. PLEASE LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR CURRENT INFORMATION, UPDATES, PHOTOS and REGISTRATION INFORMATION.