On Saturday, March 17 Downtown Milford, Inc. held its 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. With over 800 race bibs sold, Downtown Milford was packed with residents and visitors enjoying local restaurants, pubs and stores. This year’s activities were expanded as buses took participants to Milford’s brewery Mispillion River Brewing and Milford’s distillery EasySpeak Spirits on a loop from downtown and back.
“The experience of crawling the little shops, hopping the bus loop for more stops at restaurants and bars and stopping in at the establishments downtown provided a large scope of activity,” said event Chairperson Jenn Rowan. “The word I heard repeated to describe each stop, the people out crawling and the energy of the event was ‘happy’.”
In addition to the stops on a traditional pub crawl, restaurants and bars, downtown merchants participated and took the opportunity to show off what makes their small business so unique. “Each downtown merchant strived to make their stop along the Crawl uniquely reflective of the service they provide,” said Rowan.
Owner of Park Place Restaurant and Lounge Chris Fitzgerald stated that the event was exciting from both business owners and participants. “This year’s Pub Crawl was electric. The effort and enthusiasm by DMI and the event hosts was very real and felt for the weeks leading up to the Crawl,” he said. “I think the party goers felt that too. Not only the enthusiasm, but the notion that they were a part of a really big event that was showcasing our town.”
Celebrating the partnerships that made the event such a huge success, Rowan hopes the event highlighted the unique character of Downtown Milford. “I hope people left feeling like they discovered something new in our town. The event would not be possible without the collaboration of many small service industry businesses across Kent and Sussex counties,” said Rowan. “I hope the crawlers, vendors and hosts experienced a sense of community and pride in the attributes that make Southern Delaware great.”