16th Annual Bug & Bud Festival, May 4

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Submitted by Downtown Milford, Incorporated

One of Delaware’s most popular festivals is just around the corner. The 16th Annual Bug & Bud Festival takes place on Saturday, May 4 from 9 am to 4 pm. Hosted by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the City of Milford Parks and Recreation Department, the event takes place along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic Downtown Milford.

This year’s festival will not disappoint. The festival will include the always popular Ladybug and Tree costumed parade featuring adults, children and pets, 100+ arts and crafts vendors; diverse local entertainment all day; food vendors; an expanded and improved “KID ZONE” games and activities for the young at heart; a children’s art show and “green-themed” nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways; an art contest; paddle boat rides and a pizza eating contest sponsored by La Ortolana Restaurant.

The parade of little trees and ladybugs, closely followed by costumed pets, starts approximately at 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Calvary Methodist Church, 301 S.E. Front Street. The parade winds through town and the prize-winners will be announced at the Library amphitheater after the parade. The Grand Marshall of the parade is longtime resident and community-supporter, Dan Marabello.

Downtown Milford’s Bug and Bud Festival started in 2004 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ladybug being named Delaware’s state bug. After reading an article about state trees, flowers and bugs, the children of the second-grade class from Milford’s LuLu Ross Elementary School asked their teacher, Mrs. Molly Brown Rust, if Delaware had a state bug. The answer was no. Thus began a year-long effort by the class, culminating on April 25, 1974 with the state legislature voting to designate the ladybug as the state bug by virtue of its agricultural usefulness and the outstanding class presentations to the legislature. Spread the word: members of Mrs Molly Brown Rust’s 2nd grade class from 1974 are invited to participate in the parade.

Come and spend the day in Milford – enjoy this FREE rain or shine event of great music, great food, rides on paddleboats and an all-around fun day. Shop local. Think Bug and Bud. Mark your calendars for a family day of fun in Milford.

A big thank you to our sponsors Bayhealth, Milford Chronicle, Insurance Market, Arenas, Delaware Pediatric Dentistry, Artisan’s Bank, County Bank, WSFS Bank, Tax Chicks, Tidemark Federal Credit Union, the Milford Chamber of Commerce, A&E Properties, Bella Terra, Davis Bowen & Freidel, Inc., Delaware Lottery, Dry Zone, Jesus Love Temple, PNC Bank, Renewal by Andeson, Shore United Bank, and JH Wilkerson & Son . Anyone wishing to sponsor this or any other Donwtown Milford, Inc event should contact our office.

Downtown Milford, Incorporated, is a dynamic multi-faceted economic development organization that serves as positive force in the community at large. We work with business and property owners to beautify, revitalize, protect, preserve, and promote our historic riverside district. DMI operates as 501c3 nonprofit organization and is accredited through the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Downtown Delaware Program.