The Bug & Bud Festival serves to honor the city of Milford in several different ways, highlighting Milford’s branding, ‘River town, Art town, Hometown’ by accenting the Mispillion River, showing off the many different local artists and attracting people to the downtown business district. Over the years the festival has not only attracted people from Milford but also from several surrounding areas. 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.
On Saturday, April 25 as the traditional kickoff parade begins the festival, which includes children dressed as trees or ladybug, residents and visitors of Milford will enjoy a new category, the family pet. Milford’s local business, Fur-Baby Boutique, Daycare & Spa is helping Downtown Milford, Inc., (DMI) by spear heading the new official pet category. In keeping with the tradition of a prize of $50 for the best tree costume and $50 for the best ladybug costume, the winning pet tree and ladybug will also get $50.
“We are so excited and grateful Fur-Baby is joining forces with us to help promote the pet parade and to judge the contestants,” said Marilyn Ambrose, Chair of the Bug & Bud Festival. “The band will lead the parade, followed by the children and then the new expanded pet parade will make for a really fun time. We think it will delight the crowd even more than usual.”
Fur-Baby will also be handing out a treat to any pet visiting their store in costume during the festival. Ambrose noted there will be separate judges for the childrens costumes and the pets costumes to keep everything fair and square.All the participants in the parade must meet at 9:30 am in the parking lot of the Calvary Methodist Church at 301 SE Front Street. The Milford Community band, “Bug Strutters,” will lead the parade through town and the grand Marshall of the parade this year will be former City of Milford Parks & Recreation Director Gary Emory. All the prize winners, human and furry, will be announced at the library amphitheater after the parade.
“We are excited to play a larger role in this year’s Bug & Bud Festival and encourage all Fur-Babies and their families to join the festivities and visit us at our new location next to Arena’s on the Mispillion Riverwalk,” said Sherry Shupe, Owner of Fur-Baby Boutique, Doggie Daycare & Spa. “Get creative and get going on a new costume in plenty of time for the parade. Our park rangers at Fur-Baby Boutique will be more than happy to help get your Fur-Baby ready for the parade.”
In addition to helping with the pet parade Fur-Baby Boutique is also hosting a special adoption day on Saturday, April 25 during the festival, at their 204 NE Front Street location in conjunction with the SPCA Dover and Georgetown. For more information, individuals are encouraged to call 302-725-5078 and check their facebook page for updates at https://www.facebook.com/pages/FurBaby-Boutique-Dog-Daycare/180026532022211. More information about the Bug & Bud Festival or the parade, individuals can call Marilyn Ambrose at email@example.com or visit http://downtownmilford.org.