With over 5,000 people in attendance, the 2nd Annual Ladybug Music Festival was a smashing success. The largest celebration of women in music, this award winning, all-ages, free block party concert was organized by Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI) and Gable Music Ventures.
At 13 venues throughout Downtown, 40 plus musical acts represented all genres of music, performing with bands comprised of all female groups or groups featuring female leads. Last year’s Festival brought over 3,000 people to the streets.
Organizer Sara Pletcher, former Board President of DMI, stated that with “perfect weather, a large, energetic crowd and amazing talent on 13 stages, Downtown Milford was the place to be on Saturday.”
SaraKate Hammer, also a former DMI President, joined the efforts to organize the event. Part of her desire to make this event a reality in Milford is the limited opportunities for different types of music in lower Delaware. She states that although she enjoys festivals like Firefly, the price can be out of reach for some and a quick look at the most recent lineups of years’ past reveal a small percentage of female fronted headliners/bands.
“The Ladybug Music Festival is free, female fronted and right in my downtown among our friends, neighbors and loads of new faces,” said Hammer. “As a mom, it’s exciting to be able to show my daughter that an entire music festival can be female focused and still be as musically engaging as comparable events. It’s a powerful message for our youth and a great way to bring our families together around a song and a little dance in the street.”
The Festival also highlights the resources Downtown Milford has to offer including the Mispillion Riverwalk, art galleries, restaurants, unique boutiques and bakeries. Current DMI President, Peggy Reilly hopes that “people left with a sense of community, admiration for Downtown Milford and the businesses as well as the need to visit this quaint town more often.”