St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, March 17


by Terry Rogers

Downtown Milford, Inc. has set March 17 for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. The event, which is in its eighth year in Downtown Milford, raises funds for DMI while providing attendees with a variety of activities.

“Sara Pletcher asked me in the spring of 2017 to chair the 2018 Milford St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl,” Jenn Rowan, this year’s chairperson, said. “She knew that both my husband, Ben, and I have an affinity for this particular Milford event. It was Pub Crawl 2014 where we initially attended as friends and, by the end of the night, admitted that the friendship was growing into a deeper relationship. So, every Milford Pub Crawl marks a relationship anniversary for us. Beyond the anniversary aspect, the Milford Pub Crawl is, to me, the best of all the Downtown Milford, Inc. events as it highlights our downtown merchants, pubs and restaurants while blending in the Delaware adult beverage craft business that we all know and love. It’s a night to celebrate hard work and community dedication given by our small mom & pop businesses in Milford.”

This year, the committee made a few changes to the event. Instead of t-shirts which had been sold in previous years, those who wish to participate will purchase race bibs as a ticket to the festivities. While wearing the race bib, a crawler can taste local craft adult beverages in various host merchants in Milford. The Crawl begins at 6:00 PM with downtown merchants hosting craft breweries, wineries and distilleries in their shop spaces.

“I want to thank Ramsey Schrader for assisting me in bringing new features that will make the Crawl more fun and active while also increasing safety in transportation,” Ms. Rowan said. “A bus loop for transportation to uptown Milford craft adult beverage businesses will link downtown with uptown and include Arena’s Milford, Mispillion River Brewing and EasySpeak Spirits. There will be pedicab transportation downtown as well as a network of experienced and committed Designated Drivers offering discounted rates for rides within a 15-mile radius of Milford, coordinated by Lang Redden. To arrange for transportation through the Designated Driver option, call 302-503-2075.” Although a race bib is not required to visit downtown restaurants, pubs and businesses downtown, they are required to receive tastings and discounts at the bars and to use the bus loop and Designated Driver service.

Using race bibs rather than t-shirts will also reduce the environmental and financial waste of the Crawl, Ms Rowan said. It also provides more opportunities for Crawlers to create fun, unique and “zany” costumes. The tear off portion of the race bib allows Crawlers to enter raffles for three prize baskets that will be placed at uptown and downtown bars. Crawlers experience a unique blend of warm nostalgia, dynamic energy and advanced social media and transportation support at this year’s Crawl.

“Our goal is to make the 2018 Milford St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl a benchmark to set Milford as the destination in Southern Delaware for St. Patrick’s celebrations,” Ms. Rowan said. “Individuals and businesses can make a real contribution to bringing attention to Milford by sharing social media posts related to the Pub Crawl. Find the event on Snapchat and Instagram at milforstpats, follow and repost. On Facebook, follow Downtown Milford, Inc, click the events tab to find the 8th Annual Milford St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl event. Click to say you’re going, then share any posts related to the event.”

Hashtags set up for the event this year include #crawlforthegold, #milfordstpats and #followfergus. These will be used on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram leading up to and during the event. Ms. Rowan said they will be seeking volunteers to help with setup, merchant assistance, bus loop rider checks and more.  A volunteer signup link will be posted in the Facebook event page soon.

Race bibs are on sale now at Delaware Branding Company, Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, Fur Baby Boutique, Daycare & Spa, It’s About Time Clock Repair, Lifecycle, The Music School of Delaware, My Sister’s Fault, Novel Tea Nook, Petite Sweets and Red Bandana in Downtown Milford. Low number bibs, numbers 1 through 100, are $15 while remaining bibs are $20. Funds raised from the event go toward DMI’s mission of beautification, historical preservation and dynamic public events.


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