On Saturday, April 28 Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation will hold their 15th Annual Bug and Bud Festival from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 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 Riverwalk, our many businesses and the vendors who participate,” said event co-chair Pat Sparks. She emphasized 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 and 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 1974 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 and Bud Festival serves to honor the city in several different ways, highlighting Milford’s branding, ‘River Town, Art Town, Home Town’ 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, while Bicentennial Park will be full of family activities including pony rides, games, entertainment and food. Downtown businesses such as Blooming Boutique; Dolce Bakery and Coffee Shop; Irish Rose Gift Shop; Lifecycle; Mispillion Antiques; Fur-Baby Boutique, Doggie Daycare and Spa; Josephine Kier and Petite Sweets will be open among the other downtown merchants. The arts will be highlighted as The Music School of Delaware, Gallery 37, 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 and Bar, Georgia House, Milford Billiards, Park Place Restaurant and Lounge and the Milford Tavern will also be open for business.
The traditional kickoff parade that begins the Festival each year, which includes children and pets dressed as trees or ladybugs, will be bigger this year. The Milford Central Academy band will lead members of Mrs. Mollie Brown Rust’s second Grade Class of 1974, that presented the Delaware’s State Bug legislation, around the Mispillion Riverwalk. Grand Marshalls Marilyn Ambrose and Dan and Rhonda Bond will welcome residents and visitors. 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. 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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