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Ladybug Festival cancelled for second consecutive year

Terry RogersCulture, Headlines

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DMI’s Ladybug Festival has been cancelled for the second consecutive year.

Downtown Milford Inc. and Gable Music Ventures announced this week that they are cancelling the Ladybug Festival scheduled for October 2, 2021, in Milford. This is the second year the event has been cancelled due to the pandemic.

“With this event being open and free to attend, it’s not possible to check vaccination status or recent COVID tests,” Lorraine J. Dion, Interim Executive Director of DMI, said. “The approved layout of the event also makes social distancing very challenging. For the safety of everyone involved, we have decided to postpone to 2022.

This is a change from a presentation to City Council in late June where Peggy Reilly, then president of DMI, requested $30,000 in funding for the festival.

“We are going to have 35 artists, food trucks and vendors,” Reilly said during her presentation to council. “We had originally planned to move it to the park where we could spread out, but since we will be completely open as a state on July 13, we are moving it back to Walnut Street. We are holding it during daylight hours this year but are encouraging restaurants and taverns to offer Ladybug After Party events after the festival ends.”

The city provided $30,000 in funding for the 2020 event as well and Reilly explained that DMI had refunded all but the deposit to Gabel who held the funds for the 2021 event. It is likely this will occur again with another funding request presented to council prior to the 2022 event.

DMI is a 501(c)3 volunteer-driven community organization that promotes the quality development of the traditional central business district of Milford in order to preserve the area’s rich historic heritage and bring new life and purpose to the downtown area.

Anyone with questions about the Ladybug Music Festival can contact Peggy Reilly, DMI Board Member and Festival Liaison at [email protected].


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