Wednesday, April 25, 2012 11:46:05 AM by
On Saturday, Milford will celebrate its 9th annual Bug & Bud Festival so organizers are praying for blue skies, sunshine and mild temperatures.
Those new to Milford or outside the community may be thinking “What the heck is that?” the first time they hear the festival’s name.
Bug and Bud can be the brunt of some word play and jokes.
That’s OK. We have a sense of humor.
This festival celebrates spring, nature, the environment, Arbor Day and a very important piece of local history all on one day. How great is that!
Let’s start with the historical piece, the Bug part of the name.
In 1974, a class of local second grade students led by their teacher Mollie Brown Rust, successfully lobbied the state legislature to have the ladybug officially designated as Delaware’s state bug.
Milford started celebrating this accomplishment at the urging of Dan and Rhonda Bond who opened The Ladybug Shop, a boutique in the historic part of the city.
The Bud in the festival’s name connects to Arbor Day, and also the fact that Milford maintains a Tree City designation.
On Saturday, look for a ladybug-themed parade and free rides on the Mispillion River in ladybug paddle boats. Milford Parks & Rec will give away tree seedlings, and there will be food and craft vendors, live entertainment and lots of community camaraderie.
See you there!
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