Annual St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl in Milford features fun, safety

MILFORD — Looking for a way to “Toast the Town” with the community? Downtown Milford, Inc. hopes residents and visitors alike will do just that on St. Patrick’s Day.

With new safety features in place, DMI has announced its 8th annual St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl to be held Saturday, March 17 from 6-9 p.m.

In keeping with Milford tradition, many downtown businesses will feature beverage tastings from local breweries, wineries and distilleries. Others have been flagged as family designated driver locations where they will have nonalcoholic beverages, snacks and activities.

“The St Patrick’s Pub Crawl offers Milford a prime opportunity to show off the dynamic energy and beautiful areas of downtown to our Southern Delaware adult craft beverage businesses and to the participants,” Event Organizer Jenn Rowan of Lifecycle

said. “Crawlers and vendors that participate in The Pub Crawl will carry with them an impression of Milford, and we want to blow them away with awesomeness. This is an ideal opportunity to show off our town as a great place to open a business and to come hang out.”

“Crawlers” will need to purchase official Pub Crawl race bibs instead of shirts this year, which DMI hopes will “allow for crazy, wild and tacky outfits.” Bibs are also one size fits all, officials added.

Bibs are $20 if purchased prior to the event, or $25 on the night of the Pub Crawl. They can be purchased in advance at local businesses to be announced on DMI’s Facebook page. Event shirts were sold in the past and sold out every year, according to DMI’s Executive Director Murrie Zlotziver.

Transportation options have also changed his year as an added benefit to participants and local businesses. Pedicabs, a designated driver fleet and bus loop will hopefully increase safe options for those spending a night on the town.

“DMI is partnering with experienced drivers to provide a designated driver service to anyone attending the DMI 8th annual St Patrick’s day pub crawl. The fleet will take guests to and from the pub crawl and to other pub crawl locations. The service area is a 15-mile radius around Milford and they provide competitive rates to Uber and Lyft,” DMI Board Member Lang Redden of Archology Architecture and Design Services.

“This year, Jenn Rowan has done an amazing job of growing the pub crawl. While planning the event, we all wanted to be sure we also thought about how to have a safe event while growing it. And, so, we got the busses to the other locations, the designated driver fleet, and we have also incorporated designated driver stops. The designated driver stops will be spread out throughout with featured snacks and drinks for designated drivers.”

Sponsored by NKS Distributors, the bus loop consisting of the Delaware Brew Bus and a school bus, will run from 7–11 p.m. between Arena’s, Mispillion River Brewing and EasySpeak.

The fleet of designated drivers was organized by Ms. Redden and Becki Polk. It includes a call center staffed by volunteers who will help locals within a 15-mile radius of downtown Milford get to, from and around the Pub Crawl.

With prices competitive to Uber and Lyft, the program will accept credit or debit cards only. Calls will be accepted as early as 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17 so crawlers can prearrange rides. The fleet can be reached that day at 503-2075.

“I believe The Crawl can become a cultural identity maker for Milford, setting us apart from the towns of Southern Delaware. In talking with Chief Brown of the Milford Police Department, I was encouraged to hear him say the event has a history of positive outcomes without a single negative incident. Chief Brown is fully supportive of The Crawl and is jumping on the social media promotion wagon with promoting the new transportation options and merchants that will be hosting Family/Sober/Designated Driver participants,” Ms. Rowan said.

Pub Crawl participants must purchase race bibs to get free tastings at designated locations, access to the driver service dedicated to the Pub Crawl, free bus loops rides and free pedicab rides although tips are suggested. Designated drivers must also purchase race bibs and will get free Pepsi beverages, snacks and activities during the event. The bottom portion can also be torn off to be entered in the “Pot O’ Gold” contest at three locations.

“It’s great to see so many people come out and enjoying Downtown Milford. The Pub Crawl is a great way for DMI to kick off the year, get people downtown, and showcase many of our merchants and craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. We have some new merchants and vendors participating this year, so it will give people an opportunity to go somewhere new and taste something new,” DMI President Sara Pletcher said.

“The money raised through our generous Pub Crawl sponsors, hosts, and vendors also helps us fund DMI’s economic development activities in support of downtown. The Pub Crawl brings many to Downtown Milford each year, with the opportunity to see the town’s beautiful and historic merchant district. Even if they don’t shop the night of the Crawl, people get a great sense of the community and hopefully will come back and visit again.”

According to DMI, volunteers are still needed, and if you have your ABC servers license that’s a plus. To volunteer or for more information on the event, contact DMI at 839-1180.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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