Bug & Bud Vendor & Sponsor Information

Downtown Milford, Inc &

The City of Milford Parks & Recreation Department

invite you to join the fun at the

15th Annual Bug & Bud Festival

along the Mispillion Riverwalk

in historic downtown Milford, Delaware.

Expected to attract more than 8,500 visitors this year, the Bug & Bud Festival serves as our town celebration of Arbor Day, the City of Milford’s designation as a Tree City U.S.A. and Milford’s role in the ladybug’s designation as the State Bug of Delaware.

 2018 Vendor Information

 Arts, Craft and Business vendors are $50 per 10 x 10 foot space, 10 feet along the curb and 10 feet into the street.

  • Non-Profit vendors are $40 per 10 x 10 foot space, 10 feet along the curb and 10 feet into the street.
  • Non-profit vendors can opt to provide a volunteer for a 4-hour shift on festival day to waive the registration fee.  (Fees will be reimbursed upon completion of volunteer hours--Checks will be held and not cashed, if choosing this option.  Credit Cards payments will be reimbursed-minus online processing fees)
  • Food vendors:  Application will be posted soon.  Check back often. Food vendors may not apply online.

Get signed up early and request the same spot, or a different one from 2017.**

The deadline for these requests will be January 31st, 2018.  No exceptions. 

**Returning vendors paying the registration fee before January 31st, 2018 will be given loyalty space assignments on a first-come, first-serve basis.  There isnoguarantee of these requests due to the volume of vendors, but we promise to do our best for you!   

NEW IN 2018--Only 2 of each vendor will be allowed at the festival.  Please see the list of registered vendors HERE to verify who has registered before you. (At the bottom of this page)

If you still have questions, please call 302-839-1180.


Sidewalks and landscape areas must remain free and clear at all times. All vendors must bring their own canopies, tables, and supplies. No electricity is available. Vendors will be placed along Walnut Street, South Front Street, Park Avenue and the Riverwalk Areas with overflow areas possible. The event is rain or shine, therefore, the sponsors will not refund vendor fees. Do not sell food and drink outside the food court areas. Do not play music as it will conflict with current entertainment.

All vendors will access Walnut Street from the N. W. Front Street/Delaware Route 14 on the morning of the festival.  Please get in line heading East on Rt 14. Westbound traffic will be turned around and sent to the end of the vendor line.

Please find the festival vendor coordinator on the morning of the festival to see where your assigned space will be.

*Please note*

Placement information will not be available until the day of the event.

Detailed vendor instructions will be emailed after registration is completed closer to the festival date.

Join us for this great hometown event

 sure to delight the whole family.


The Sponsorship Committee of the Bug & Bud Festival,  co-organized by Downtown Milford, Inc. and the City Of Milford Parks and Recreation, wish to invite your organization to sponsor Milford’s 15th Annual Festival on April 28, 2018

 Our hometown Festival is a highly anticipated community event which draws a large number of visitors and area neighbors & visitors to Milford each April.  Started in 2004, the festival focuses on Milford’s role in the naming of the Ladybug as our state bug and to celebrate Milford’s recognition as a Tree City USA, in observation of Arbor Day. It’s a great day of food, games and entertainment right in the heart of our historic downtown.

Sponsor Level Cost Category Advantages
Holly 1,000 1 through 5
Oak 500 1 through 4
Maple 200 1 through 3
Walnut 100 1 and 2

Sponsor Advantages for categories

  1. Inclusion in Bug and Bud website – Logo and/or link
  2. Inclusion in Festival Brochure – 10,000 distributed
  3. On-site recognition
  4. Free vendor space
  5. On-site P. A. announcements

**Heads up!**

 The Bug and Bud Festival is an outdoor event and will take place in the sunshine (and all the other things nature may offer ~ that we will not talk about here :)

Therefore, no refunds will be given for any reason.

 Also, we will not provide exclusive rights to any vendors unless you are a sponsor of the festival.

NEW IN 2018--Only 2 of each vendor will be allowed at the festival.  Please see the list of registered vendors HERE to verify who has registered before you.

 If you still have questions, please call 302-839-1180.

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We hope you can make it! Best, Downtown Milford, Inc.