On Saturday, April 28 Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation held their 15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival in Downtown Milford. With a beautiful, sunny day, thousands of families enjoyed the food and merchant vendors, downtown businesses, activities and entertainment along the Mispillion River.
“Most important to me was watching families from young through young at heart laughing and smiling all day long,” said Pat Sparks, event co-chair. “Families are what the Bug & Bud Festival is all about. From the parade with our two- and four-footed friends through the entertainment and the Kids Zone, seeing our community come out and spend the day together made the months of planning truly worthwhile.”
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 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 traditional kickoff parade this year included children and pets dressed as trees and ladybugs. Mrs. Mollie Brown Rust’s second grade Class of 1974, that proposed the Delaware State Bug legislation, joined Grand Marshalls Marilyn Ambrose and Dan and Rhonda Bond.
The Bug & 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.
“It is my hope that the entire community and everyone who visited the Festival came away with the feeling that Milford truly is a River Town. Art Town. Home Town,” said Sparks.
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