On Saturday, September 18, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford sponsored the 20th anniversary of the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival. After cancellation last year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Chairperson Angela Dorey wanted this to be the very special and she was not disappointed.
“I think the event was the best ever,” Dorey said. “It was so very special to see everyone come out and enjoy the festivities. After being cooped up during the pandemic, our community needed some fresh air, music, games, laughs and smiles together! I love being a part of Milford and hosting this event.”
The festival begins in the morning with craft and business vendors placed throughout town. There is a Kids Corner with reasonably priced games and bounce houses to keep all ages occupied. A Duck Dash held later in the day has rubber ducks “racing” to the finish line with first, second and third place ducks winning money for those who purchased them. There are horseback rides, fire truck rides and entertainment throughout the day.
Mike Hines and The Look played music in Bicentennial Park along with Plead the Fifth, Lincoln City as well as Kathie Martin and the Hot Rods. The Red, White and Brew Garden offered those 21 and older adult options in a fenced off area. The EasySpeak Alcohauler was also there serving their specialty cocktails. There is also a Petriotic Pet Parade among other events throughout the day.
Postings on social media demonstrated how much fun the event was for those in attendance.
“We walked, we played games, we got animal balloons, we got arm paintings, we saw some old friends,” Sherri Messick said. “Thanks, Milford, for having the Riverwalk “Freedom” Festival.”
Second Street Players was excited for the event as well, pointing out what a great event it was for the downtown area. In celebration, they offered “Buy One Get One” tickets for the Saturday night show at the theater during the festival. The Farmer’s Market was in business during the morning and they pointed out what a beautiful morning it was for both the market and the festival.
“Everything went very well,” Jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of CCGM said. “Of course, like every year, there were minor glitches, but we put out the fires and held it all together. We could not do any of this without our amazing group of volunteers. Over 100 people worked tirelessly all day and all night to make this one of our best festivals.”
Dorey agreed with Schmeiser that this event depends entirely on volunteers.
“I love the people here and have missed them so much,” Dorey said. “It was great to work together again with over 100 volunteers and over 100 vendors. We are always looking to grow our committee and invite anyone that would like to get involved to join us in the planning that takes all year. Anyone interested can contact me at my office 302-424-8459 or the Chamber office at 302-422-3344.”
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