On Saturday, April 29 Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation will hold their 14th Annual Bug & Bud Festival. This year event goers can enjoy over 200 food and merchant vendors, downtown businesses, activities and entertainment. DMI estimates that the crowd this year will be around 10,000 people walking the streets and enjoying downtown Milford.
“The Bug and Bud Festival is an opportunity for families to experience Downtown Milford and enjoy the Riverfront, our many businesses and the vendors who participate,” said event Co-Chair Pat Sparks. She emphasised that the festival highlights what opportunities are available downtown so residents and visitors can come back for another visit. “People will learn about the many businesses that call Downtown Milford home. With a wide variety of boutiques, art studios and galleries, restaurants, and bakeries, customers can purchase gifts and goodies for any occasion.”
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.
The Bug & Bud Festival serves to honor the city 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 Mispillion River will be open for fishing and paddle boats as Bicentennial Park will be full of family activities including pony rides, games, entertainment and food. Downtown businesses such as Blooming Boutique & Milford Gifts, Coolspring Cottage, Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, Irish Rose Gift Shop, Mispillion Antiques, Fur-Baby Boutique, Doggie Daycare & Spa, Josephine Kier and Pettite Sweets will be open among the other downtown merchants. The arts will be highlighted as The Delaware Music School, Gallery 37, Live Cheap & Make Art Studios, Mispillion Art League and the Riverfront Theatre will be open among other art venues. Downtown restaurants and bars that day including Abbott’s Grill, Arena’s Deli & Bar, Georgia House, Milford Billiards, Park Place Restaurant & Lounge and the Milford Tavern will also be open for business.
The traditional kickoff parade that begins the festival each year, which includes children dressed as trees or ladybugs, also includes the family pet this year. 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 Central Academy Band will lead the parade along the Mispillion Riverwalk as Grand Marshall Bev French, Chair of the downtown Santa Claus House, welcomes residents and visitors. All the prize winners, human and furry, will be announced at the library amphitheater after the parade.
“At the end of the day, it is the hope of the Bug and Bud Festival committee that folks will leave knowing that Milford truly is a great place to live, play and shop,” said Sparks.“We are looking forward to sharing the day with everyone.”
For more information on the festival, individuals are encouraged to contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180 or visit www.downtownmilford.org and follow the festival links.
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