Milford gears up for Frontier Days
May 5th, 2016
By Megan Alley
Milford’s 54th annual Frontier Days Parade and Festival is June 2-5, 2016 at Riverside Park and the American Legion grounds at 450 Victor Stier Drive. Pictured is the 2015 festival performance of Naked Karate Girls, who will perform again this year on June 3, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Plans for Milford’s 54th annual Frontier Days Parade and Festival are underway as organizers make a final push to recruit parade entrants before the May 10 application deadline.
The parade, which is one of Clermont County’s oldest, according to a press release, begins June 2 at 6:30 p.m. at 746 Lila Ave. and ends at the intersection of Main and Locust Streets.
The parade is sponsored by the Clermont County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“In a time when local traditions seem to be fading away, it is nice to know that Frontier Days is in its 54th year of celebrating Milford’s heritage,” said Charles Evans, event chair, in an email. “It’s a time when friends reconnect to celebrate the beginning of summer and local businesses and organizations can promote themselves to the community.”
He added, “Frontier Days brings the community together.”
This year’s parade theme is “Salute to Our First Responders.” John Cooper, retired chief of the Milford Community Fire Department, who served the community for more than 50 years, will serve as grand marshal.
Floats who win in the “best themed” and judges choice” categories will receive cash prizes.
The parade kicks off the festival, which takes place June 2-5 at Riverside Park and the American Legion grounds at 450 Victor Stier Drive in Milford, along the banks of the Little Miami River.
Frontier Days was an idea of a small group from the Milford Chamber of Commerce. They saw nearly 100 canoeists having a friendly race on the Little Miami River and decided to bring grills and coolers to the riverbank to sell food and beverages.
Soon after, they decided to name this event Frontier Days, according to the Frontier Days website.
More activities were added, including carnival rides, games and live entertainment. The canoe races have since been discontinued, due to the cost.
Frontier Days is fully staffed by volunteers. The Frontier Days committee invites nonprofit organizations to sell food to raise money.
The festival will host live music each night from 8 p.m. to midnight. Featured acts include Six Pac on June 2, Naked Karate Girls on June 3, Flip Cup All Stars on June 4 and Triple the Trouble June 5.
The Frontier Annual Frog Jumping Contest, sponsored by All About Kids, will take place June 4 at 1:30 p.m. at Wards Corner. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
Eleven food vendors have been booked for the festival, including Big Poppa Café, Masonic Lodge, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 450, Texas Roadhouse, School House Restaurant, Pizza Hut and Busken Bakery.
Closing this year’s festival is the newly added Decorated Bike Parade on June 5. Prizes will be awarded.
Other festival events and attractions include rides and games, a gambling tent and a spaghetti eating contest.
Organizations with booths at the festival include face painting and tattoos by Faces by Lisa, jewelry by Decisions and by Sugar Magnolia, information on solar photovoltaic installations from Icon Solar, the Milford Police Department and vision screenings from Walmart.
For more information, including how to pre-register for events, visit www.frontierdaysmilford.com.