DMI announces date change for 16th Annual Bug & Bud Festival

Downtown Milford’s Bug & Bud Festival, cosponsored by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the city of Milford’s Parks & Recreation Department, is changing this year’s date to Saturday, May 4. Traditionally held on the last Saturday in April, this ever-popular festival celebrating the Delaware state bug, the ladybug, and Arbor Day has run into a scheduling snag.

The Bug & Bud Festival is one of the area’s most successful community celebrations, not only in terms of attendance, but also volunteer, vendor and entertainment participation, according to DMI.

This year, Milford School District’s Spring Break coincides with the traditional date of the festival. Because student and parent involvement are key to a quality festival, the decision to change the date was made.  Without the involvement of these critical volunteers, organizers are concerned that the day will not have the great community spirit that has been cultivated over many years. The potential loss of school-related participation, especially musical groups and Kids Corner volunteers, was a major consideration.

Although the date may be changing, the time, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and location, along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic Downtown Milford, will remain the same.

The day’s traditional activities and new ones, including an expanded Kid Zone, great food and craft vendors, entertainment, and nature related activities will provide a day of fun for the whole family.

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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