Ladybugs were aplenty in downtown Milford Saturday, April 27, as the city celebrated Arbor Day and the its role in designating the ladybug as the state bug.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Bug & Bud Festival featured some customary attractions like the parade, which kicks the morning off; the the Milford Community Band's performance; dozens of vendors and yummy fare.
The weather was perfect for the spring festival, with families taking the Mispillion River for fishing and ladybug paddle boat rides. Children enjoyed the many activities in the Kids' Zone and many came out to take advantage of a perfect dog-walking opportunity.
Eager to show off their ladybug and tree costumes, many children and pets flocked the Mispillion Riverwalk, while their parents and owners toured the town, checking out the local merchants.
The annual festival is organized each year by Downtown Milford, Inc., which aims to highlight Milford's downtown attractions and bring more traffic into the area businesses.
The Bug & Bud Festival wouldn't be much without its history. The ladybug holds a special place in the heart of this river town. In 1974, it was the students from Mollie Brown-Rust's second-grade class that petitioned the Delaware General Assembly to designate the ladybug as Delaware's state bug. The class was successful and to this day, Milford takes great pride in the spotted red bug.
See all of the Milford Beacon's photos in our Seen on Scene gallery and also check out video from the morning's parade, the Milford Community Band and a special sneak peek at the Diamond Dance Company's upcoming performance of "The Wizard of Oz Ballet," which is scheduled for May 11 at Milford High School.