Milford Memorial Hospital will hold its 55th-annual fair at Milford Middle School this weekend.


The rundown

A two-day, family-friendly extravaganza held by Bayhealth Medical Center’s Milford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary to raise money for vital programs and life-saving equipment needed at the hospital. This year’s event at Milford Middle School will raise money for equipment in the hospital’s surgical units.

What you can expect

This year’s fair will start at 5 p.m. on Friday with a pulled pork and chicken dinner in the Milford Middle School cafeteria that will include a flower and book sale.

On Saturday, the fairgrounds at Milford Middle School will open at 10 a.m. and feature children’s games, rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, fire truck rides, a mini stock car track, food and vendor booths, strolling performers, a puppet show and Civil War re-enactors.

Some of the major attractions on Saturday also will include the fourth annual tricycle races, the second annual “Milford’s Got Talent” contest, featuring contestants in three age groups, and a 4 p.m. raffle drawing for prizes that include a two-night getaway to Rehoboth, dinner for two at a variety of area restaurants and a framed photograph by local photographer Bob Connelly.

What’s new this year?

This year’s event will include a fair within a fair, according to hospital communications specialist Kim Wilkins.

“A lot of the hospital departments will have displays and booths to promote Bayhealth’s Planetree Initiative, which is our customer service program,” she said. “In past years, we’ve held a separate carnival for the initiative, but this year we’ll be incorporating that into the fair to create one big event.”

Bayhealth is one of 140 hospitals and medical centers around the world to partner with the non-profit Planetree organization to provide a patient-focused, holistic approach to medical care, she said.

Included in the fair this year will be presentations on aromatherapy, tobacco cessation programs, rehabilitation centers and therapy dogs, as well as free medical screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and skin cancer, among others.

“It’s a good way for people to learn about all the things we’re doing at Bayhealth,” Wilkins said.