Annual Bug & Bud Festival Set for April 25

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One of Delaware’s most popular festivals is just around the corner and we are looking for vendors! The 17th Annual Bug & Bud Festival will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This annual event hosted by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the City of Milford Parks and Recreation Department will take place along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic Downtown Milford.

Registration will open Monday, February 3rd at 8am. As usual, DMI is looking for craft and business vendors, non-profit vendors, downtown business owners, and sponsors. For those interested, please register at our eventbrite page https://www.eventbrite.com/e/17th-annual-bug-bud-festival-tickets-91640829187 . If you have any questions, please email events@downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180. Interested food vendors can contact Doreen at the Parks and Recreation office at 302-422-1104.

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.

Visit http://downtownmilford.org or DMI’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/downtownmilfordinc/ for event updates.

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.

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