Riverwalk Freedom Festival returns for 22nd Year

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People enjoy last year’s Riverwalk Freedom Festival

Milford’s Riverwalk Freedom Festival, organized by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford (CCGM) will return for the 22nd year on Saturday, September 16 with live bands, specials throughout downtown businesses, vendors and more. Downtown streets will be closed to accommodate over 100 crafters, businesses and organizations. The event culminates in a stunning firework display at dusk.

“Many of our vendors are new this year, including several food vendors who are looking forward to getting exposure in Milford,” Jo Schmeiser, Executive Director of CCGM, said. “Park Place Restaurant and Lounge will open early serving breakfast and offering an ATM machine. There will be new games in Kids Corner, a new addition to live entertainment and there will be events in the Milford Senior Center and Milford Public Library in addition to all the usual outdoor festival activities.”

Lincoln City will kick off the live bands in Bicentennial Park at noon and Bobby Lee Jones will take the stage from 4:20 to 6 PM. Plead the 5th takes over at 6:30 PM and will play until the fireworks begin at dusk. There will be entertainment in the Library Amphitheatre as well.

“The popular Red White and Brew Garden will also return with guest bartenders serving drinks,” Schmeiser said. “All the tips raised by the bartenders are donated to a worthy cause. Some of those serving include a group donating their funds to the Alzheimer’s Association, The Parker Group, Kent Sussex Industries, The Milford Elks Lodge, Shore United Bank and Artisans Bank who are also one of our corporate sponsors.” In addition to the guest bartenders, the Alcohauler, powered by EasySpeak, will also be on site.

Mayor Campbell stands with last year’s volunteers

The Duck Dash is also planned for the afternoon. Hundreds of numbered rubber ducks will be launched into the Mispillion River. The first three ducks to cross the finish line win prizes for those who hold the lucky numbers. Ducks are available for sale and are $5 each. They can be purchased at the CCGM office or at local businesses around town.

Some of the food trucks who will be offering a wide variety of dining options include Amy’s Grill, Asian Taste, Big Al’s, Blazen Grill, Blue Hen Concessions, Heavenly Tastes Catering, Milford High School Band, River Lights Café, Steel Bowl, The Master Grill, Top Five BBQ, Uncle Bernie’s Steak Shack and White and Associates Treats. Anyone looking to cure their sweet tooth will find Cup’r Cone, Kona Ice and the Frozen Farmer.

There are still volunteer opportunities available. Anyone interested can visit https://signup.com/go/RiverwalkFestival2023 or call the CCGM office at 302-422-3344.

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