Bug & Bud Festival To Celebrate 11 Years

Rhonda and Dan Bond leading the annual Bug & Bud Parade in downtown Milford.
Rhonda and Dan Bond leading the annual Bug & Bud Parade in downtown Milford.

On Saturday, April 26 Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI) and Milford Parks and Recreation will hold their 11th Annual Bug & Bud Festival. This year event goers can enjoy over 120 food and merchant vendors, downtown businesses, activities and entertainment. DMI estimates that the crowd this year will be around 10,000 people walking the streets and enjoying downtown Milford.

The Bug & Bud Festival is a celebration of two of Milford’s most cherished symbols, the ladybug and nature. The significance of the ladybug in Delaware is tied to Milford when a local second grade class petitioned the Delaware State Legislature in 1973 to accept the ladybug as the official State Bug. The festival also serves as a celebration of Arbor Day and Milford’s designation as a USA Tree City.

The Bug & Bud Festival serves to honor the city in several different ways, highlighting Milford’s branding, ‘River town, Art town, Hometown’ by accenting the Mispillion River, showing off the many different local artists and attracting people to the downtown business district. Over the years the festival has not only attracted people from Milford but also from several surrounding areas.

“The festival is a source of pride for the people of Milford and the surrounding area,” commented Marilyn Ambrose, Co-chairperson of the Downtown Milford Inc Promotions Committee. “It is a reminder each year of our commitment to the ladybug and our designation as a tree city.”

The Mispillion River will be open for fishing, paddle boats and remote control boats.  Bicentennial Park will be full of family activities including pony rides, games, entertainment and food.  Downtown businesses such as Ecochic, Gallery 37, Mispillion Antiques, Dolce, Irish Rose, Blooming Boutique, The Mispillion Art Gallery and Fur-Baby Boutique will be open among the other downtown merchants.

“We want families to come downtown and experience the shops, art galleries, restaurants, the theatre, the public library and the Milford Museum,” commented Ambrose. “There is so much to do, plenty to eat and entertainment for kids of all ages.”

The festival will be kicked off by the annual Ladybug and Tree costumed parade, which this year will also include Grand Marshall Mayor Joseph “Ronnie” Rogers. Serving the City of Milford as Councilman and Mayor for over 40 years, Rogers will lead the parade in his final year as Milford’s Mayor. Downtown Milford Inc. is encouraging family, friends and fans of the Rogers family to join in the parade from Calvary Methodist Church to the Milford Public Library. As is tradition, awards will be given out for the best ladybug and tree costumes in the parade.

During the festival, there will be diverse local entertainment throughout the day, 100 plus arts and crafts vendors, a Kid’s Korner, a children’s art show and “green-themed” nature related hands-on activities including seedling tree giveaways. Popular attractions include “ladybug decorated” paddle boat rides, multiple children’s games and a Chalk Art contest. The event will take place rain or shine and is free of charge.

“You won’t want to miss this over-the-top outdoor festival,” commented Ambrose. “Come listen to some great music, eat some great food, cruise in a lady bug paddle boat, don your lady bug costume for the parade, shop local and most important of all think ladybug.” For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180 or visit and follow the festival links.

2014 Bug & Bud Festival
Schedule of Events
April 25, 2014 Signage Posted for Street Closings Milford Police
April 26, 2014
6 a.m. Barriers placed at Street Closings
6:00-8:30 Vendors arrive/usher escort
8:30 Information Booth opens
8:45 Kid’s Korner Ticket Booth opens
9:00 Festival starts
Kid’s Korner opens in Bicentennial Park
Food Courts open
Children’s Art Show at Mispillion Art League
Native, hardwood tree give-away at Arbor Booth
along the Riverwalk

9:30 Bug & Bud Parade Line-up in the Parking Lot of
Calvary Methodist Church on SE Front Street

9:45 Parade from Calvary Methodist Church to Richard M. Johnson Amphitheater at the Library Amphitheater

Boat Dock Opens- free Paddle Boat rides

10:00 Tai Chi Demonstration in Memorial Park South

10:00-4:00 Master of Ceremony, Mark Dissinger will be making
announcements throughout the day
10:00-12:00 Eagle 97.7 Live remote broadcast

12:00-2:00 La Exitosa Live remote broadcast

12:00-2:00 Life Ring Demonstrations at bridge-Carlisle Fire

11:00-4:00 Stage entertainment begins with outstanding
performances every hour including the Milford Community Band

12:00 Chalk Art Contest on Riverwalk Basketball Court
3:00 Winners of Chalk Art Contest Announced at the
Richard M. Johnson Amphitheater at the Library

3:45 Kid’s Korner ticket sales closed
4:00 Vendors leaving Volunteer police at barriers
5:00 Barriers removed Parks & Rec

All events, activities, locations & times subject to change

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