by Terry Rogers
On Friday, June 26, the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival committee made the decision to cancel the 20th Anniversary celebration. The festival was planned for Saturday, September 19.
“Due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of the festival is in the best interest of all,” Angela Dorey, Committee Chairman, said. “We made this decision for the safety of the public, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers. This decision was not made lightly. I think the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford Board of Directors, the City of Milford, and all those who assisted with making the final decision. CCGM, myself, and the community are grateful for your dedication, your time and efforts to make the festival happen each year.”
Dorey explained that the bright side to canceling the 2020 festival gave the committee more time to make the 20th Anniversary Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival, now planned for September 18, 2021, a celebration that no one will forget.
The festival is one of the largest in the state with thousands attending each year. People from all over the Eastern Shore come to downtown Milford to enjoy food trucks, vendor booths, entertainment, and the fireworks which end the festival each year. The event began as the Fall Festival in 2000 and was chaired by Gary Downes. Over the years, the festival has grown and shifted, becoming the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival after the events of 9/11 as a way to recognize first responders and the military.
“We will be doing some things virtually over the next year to keep the festival in everyone’s mind,” Dorey said. “The committee is currently brainstorming a few ideas in order to not only promote the 2021 festival but also to engage the community the way we have always done with the festival. Keep your eye out on our Facebook page and in local media to see what fun things we have in store over the next year and a half.”