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Milford's "Bug & Bud" Festival Returns to Mispillion Riverwalk

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MILFORD, Del. -- Thousands of people flooded Milford's Mispillion Riverwalk for the city's 12th annual Bug and Bud festival.

The festival is a celebration of Arbor Day and the ladybug, Delaware's state bug.

Event organizer Lee Nelson with Downtown Milford Inc. says adding new attractions is key to bringing in between 8,000-10,000 visitors each year .

"Every year we try and make it fresh," said Nelson, "because if you do the same thing over and over again people then decide, 'well why should they come?'"

This year welcomed a three and eight mile long kayaking race on the Mispillion river, as well as a pizza-eating contest.

Greg Holstein says this was his first time as a festival volunteer even though he's been attending Bug and Bud for years. It was also Holstein's first time as a contestant in the pizza contest.

"It was just something that I could give back to the city and try to help them out a little bit," said Holstein who helped launch the kayak races.

Two sisters and their children are beginning a new tradition at the festival.

"I missed it last year and they had a really great time so I came out with them this year," said Jessica Saus referring to her sister Meredith and her two children.

"I like all the vendors, they have little cute things to sell, especially for the kids. And he loves the rides, especially the pony rides," said Meredith Babbitt.

Aside of a fun day for families, Nelson says the cooler temperatures didn't make an impact on the festival's economic boost for the city.

"It's a little bit on the cold side but we still have a good turnout. I've met practically all of the vendors and all have said it's been a good day for them, so we're very happy for that too," said Nelson.

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