Riverwalk Festival Celebrates Freedom, Sept 11

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

The 2015 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 11 and Saturday September 12. What originally started out to be a one-day event has evolved into a fun-filled, two-day event spanning the entire downtown Milford area from Walnut Street to BiCentennial Park.

When asked about her favorite part of the festival, Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford President Angela Dorey stated that,“[She] loves the entire festival and could never pinpoint a single favorite part. Myself and the committee work hard to bring activities to the event that would appeal to all people of all ages. The newest parts this year incorporate the furry friends in our families in the Petriotic Park and Petriotic Parade as well as Crafty Kids Corner that allows children to put their art work on display and also many opportunities to create Arts and Crafts at the festival.It is a great way to celebrate the end of the summer while enjoying the beautiful downtown Riverwalk area.”

Friday, September 11, a series of events will kick-off the the two-day celebration of the Freedom Festival at the 4th Annual Operation Giveback, where Veterans and current military will be honored. Opening ceremonies begin at 6pm, in BiCentennial Park, as activities including a Patriotic Boat Parade, military related vendors and live entertainment run until 9pm. Vendors will be offering a variety of food and beverages as the evening will conclude with Patriotic Fireworks at dusk.

Saturday, September 12, the festival will run from 9am until 4pm.  There will be over 100 craft vendors, several food vendors,  Inflatable Kids Zone, Kids Korner with a dunk tank, Petriotic Park, pony rides, shows and games. Community favorites such as the First Responders Tug of War at 11am, the 3rd Annual Burgers-N-Beans Burger Eating Contest at noon in Bicentennial Park, the Duck Dash at 12:30 pm, free paddleboat rides and the Southern Delaware Street Rods Car Show will return.

Throughout the two-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. “The festival brings the town, businesses and residents out to enjoy the beautiful area that we live in everyday but may not get to appreciate as part of our day to day lives,” said Dorey. “My hope is that those that come to enjoy the many activities of the festival can find a reason to visit Milford more often. Whether it’s to walk Goat Island and the Riverwalk, shop at the downtown merchants, eat at our restaurants or tour our museums, art galleries or see a show at the theater.”

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, 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.