IF YOU GO
WHAT: German festival and parade
WHEN: 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22
WHERE: Milford’s Bicentennial Park, Milford Senior Center
MORE INFO: Call 422-3385
If you’re looking for something to do in Milford this Saturday, you won’t have to look very far. And the Milford Senior Center will be doing its part for a very busy day with its first German festival, a tribute to German food, drink and culture, set for 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22.
The day begins with a parade through downtown Milford, starting at 11:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies in Bicentennial Park at 12:15 p.m.
From there, the festival moves to the senior center grounds, both indoors and under a 40-by-120 foot tent in the parking lot.
Visitors will be able to sample more than 50 beers, both domestic and international, along with a full slate of entertainment and food.
“I think the big thing is to experience the German culture,” said Bill Polecki, co-chair of the festival. “We’re bringing in German bands, we have a ton of food and beer for people to taste — there’s a lot to see and do.”
Entertainment includes two oompah bands: the Milford Happy Wanderers and the Philadelphia German Brass Band. There also will be dancing and carriage rides around historic Milford pulled by Clydesdale horses. Former Miss Milford Bliss Soucek will reprise her duties as Miss German Festival.
“We want this to be a really big affair,” said Karen Lloyd, director of the senior center and co-chair of the festival. “We’re hoping it will be able to turn into an annual event.”
Food will be a big draw, and includes cuisine like bratwurst, authentic German potato salad and desserts from a German pastry shop in Dover. There also will be American fare for people who prefer burgers and hot dogs.
Other events include a classic car show, a “bartenders’ race,” where each person has to reach the finish line without spilling any of a full glass of beer, and a bratwurst-eating contest.
Lloyd said the festival is about more than providing a good time downtown — money from ticket sales and vendor rentals will help keep the center in the black this year.
“The economy is bad, and that’s affecting our funding from the state,” she said. “We need a fundraiser here to continue our services and activities to enhance the lives of the MSC members and the community.”
Tickets to the festival are $5 at the door or can be purchased in advance in a $15 package that includes $12 in food coupons. Advance sales are available at the senior center or at the downtown farmers’ market on Walnut Street on Saturday mornings.
For more information, call the center at 422-3385.