Milford, DMI prepares to Light up the River

MILFORD — The Mispillion River will glow Thursday night with the community’s love and support as Downtown Milford hosts its now annual Light up the River event.

“Last year was the first time we did it. I expected it to be like any other Third Thursday event with some extra foot traffic and a community experience. I did not realize what a success it would really be,” said event organizer Lang Redden of Archology Architecture and Design Services in Milford.

To continue its success, this year’s Light up the River Third Thursday event will include more bands, face painting, a bouncy house courtesy of the Boys and Girls Club on S. Walnut Street, children’s activities at Lifecycle, relay races, a volleyball competition and more food trucks to name a few improvements, according to Ms. Redden. Walnut Street will be closed in the downtown area from 5–8 p.m., as well, in hopes of making the event safer.

Featuring at least five live entertaining groups, activities for kids and, of course, luminaries and boats to make and decorate, Light up the River will run from 5–8 p.m. in downtown Milford tomorrow night.

Luminaries, purchased for $5 each at the Milford Public Library, can be placed along the Riverwalk near the boat ramp. Boats, purchased for $3 each or two for $5 at the Milford Public Library, will be launched into the Mispillion River at the new ramp behind Arena’s starting at 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event benefit Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford.

Volunteers will be leading the charge at the boat ramp, allowing people on and off to put their boat into the river. They will float downstream until they reach a string of pool noodles set up to catch the boats, but allow fish and other wildlife to continue swimming as usual.

“I feel like this was one of our most diverse events of the season last year. It was just so much fun for everybody. It was such a huge success, everybody said, ‘You’ve got to do it again this year,’” Ms. Redden said. “We’re really excited to see how this year’s event turns out.”

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