Milford prepares for annual Bug & Bud Festival

MILFORD — One of Delaware’s most popular festivals is just around the corner, according to Downtown Milford, Inc.’s Director Lee Nelson.

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The 13th Annual Bug & Bud Festival takes place Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic downtown Milford.

The festival is hosted by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the city of Milford Parks and Recreation Department.

The event features the popular Ladybug and Tree costume parade, 100+ arts and crafts vendors, diverse local entertainment all day, games and activities for the young at heart, a children’s art show and nature related hands- on activities including seedling tree giveaways, a chalk art contest, paddle boat rides, the Shipbuilder River Race — a kayak race on the Mispillion River and a pizza eating contest.

The parade of little tree and ladybugs, closely followed by costumed pets, starts approximately 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Calvary Methodist Church led by the Milford Community band’s “the Bug Strutters.”

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The parade winds through town and the prize winners are announced at the library amphitheater after the parade. The Grand Marshall of the parade is Don Abrutyn.

Come and spend the day in Milford — enjoy this free rain or shine event of great music, great food, rides on paddle boats and an all round fun day.

For more info, contact Lee Nelson at (302)839-1180, e-mail Director@DowntownMilford.org or visit http:// downtownmilford.org.

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