MILFORD — Ever since its resurrection 12 years ago, Milford Fest has been a family-friendly day of rides, music, vending, events, a town-wide garage sale and more: “Fun, food and fellowship,” as organizer Milford Lion Tricia Gall stated.
For Gall, Milford Fest is more than just an event; it is a chance to bring families and the community together. “It’s always great to see members of the community out and about at Milford Fest after they’ve been cooped up inside for most of the winter,” said Gall. “A lot of people, including myself, have family come into town for the big garage sales and the festival itself. I hope that this year’s event brings people together like it has in past years.”
This year’s Milford Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m, Saturday, May 25, and features a new event: Professional wrestling from United Wrestling Front will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south side of Main Street.
According to its Facebook page, UWF is a wrestling promotion featuring “Some of the best action-packed wrestling to come out of Indiana … UWF is a great family friendly experience with a amazing product.”
This year’s Car/Tractor/Motorcycle Cruise-in, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will be simplified, with a People’s Choice award and door prizes for participants.
Live stage entertainment lasts throughout the day, with RipChord headlining the street dance from 6-9 p.m.
Other returning acts include: The Living Word, 11-11:45 a.m.; The Spaniels Forever, 12-12:45 p.m. and 1:15-2 p.m.; Quentin Flagg, 2-3 p.m and 4-5 p.m. Additionally, newcomer Steve Bobbit will appear, playing Rod Stewart and easy-listening music at 3-4 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
RipChord sports a diverse sound comprised of rock, blues, funk and country rock elements. Performing notable covers from the last four decades, the group has been a crowd-pleaser in recent years.
Festival mainstay Living Word will provide a taste of Gospel music. The Spaniels Forever, sporting a lineup including both original and new band members, will perform their signature Motown sound. Flagg, provides a “high-energy, ‘50s and ‘60s and more rock ‘n’ roller” environment.
“We’ll also be having the Cutie King/Queen and Prince/Princess competitions for those in the 4- to 5- and 2- to 3-year-old age ranges, respectively,” said Gall. The Cutie Contest takes place at 10 a.m., followed by the crowning of the Senior King and Queen at 12:45 p.m.
Milford Fest also sports a diverse midway full of free rides from Beer and Jessop Amusements sponsored by the Lions and local businesses from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., as well as plenty of food and craft vendors.
Milford Kiwanis will host a sausage breakfast in the community building from 7-11 a.m.
Friends of Milford Public Library’s book sale takes place on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Milford Fest is sponsored by Milford Lions Club, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.
“We receive excellent support from the businesses and residents of Milford,” said Gall, a Lions Club member. “Be sure to patronize their establishments,” she added.
Sign-up sheets for the Cutie Contests are available at town hall, 121 S. Main St., Milford.
For more information, including a complete schedule of events, go to Milfordfest.org.