On Saturday, April 29 Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks & Recreation held their 14th Annual Bug & Bud Festival. This year event goers enjoyed over 200 food and merchant vendors, downtown businesses, activities and entertainment.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 fourteenth Annual Bug and Bud Festival was a huge success thanks to the tireless work of the entire Festival committee. The weather was perfect for the approximately 8500 people who enjoyed the day,” said Co-chair Pat Sparks. “A special thanks goes out to the Milford School District for providing a good portion of the entertainment throughout the day. The students proved that arts in school matters. Looking forward to next year when we celebrate 15 years of fun.”
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.
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