Frontier Days returns to Milford

May 18th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

The 45th annual Milford Frontier Days festival will take place May 31-June 3.

The Frontier Day’s parade will kick off this year’s festival in Milford at 6:30 p.m. May 31. According to the Milford-Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Frontier Days parade is the largest parade in this part of the country.

This year’s grand marshall will be Zach Strief, a Milford High School graduate that now plays football for the New Orleans Saints.

It is expected that more than 100 entries will participate in the parade this year; they are all vying to capture top honors and take home the first place prize for best float.

The honoree grand marshall this year will be Tye Wilson, a Milford High School student athlete that was killed in a 1987 car accident. In that crash, one other student, Troy Ludwig, was killed, and one student, John Walsh, was seriously injured.

In 1988, a group from the Milford Athletic Boosters approached Tye's parents about starting a scholarship in his name; the Tye Wilson Scholarship Fund was begun with a food booth at the Frontier Days festival that year.

"This will be the twentieth year for the food booth which now benefits four students every year," said MMTCC Executive Director Karen Huff. "Two $500 go to Milford graduating seniors and the other two are awarded to students attending Milford area schools."

For the past 44 years, Milford's past and present meets on the first weekend in June to celebrate the Frontier Days. Started in 1965, the Frontier Days were started as a way to recognize, honor, and celebrate Milford's heritage as a frontier town (last year Milford celebrated its bicentennial).

Every year, the MMTCC keeps that spirit alive by bringing together church and school organizations, businesses and athletic associations, and every day citizens to help make the Frontier Days Milford's largest annual event.

One of the many activities planned for the three-day festival include a Courage for Corey wing eating contest. Corey Nickel, the son of a Milford firefighter, is a 2 1/2 year-old boy who was diagnosed with cancer.

Other scheduled events include karaoke, a lawn mower contest, frog jumping, live music each night, a corn hole tournament, food, and rides.

Living historians will line the banks of the Little Miami River during the festival, giving demonstrations of the frontier way of life.

"We are inviting everyone this year to join in the tradition of Frontier Days," said Huff. "Come out and enjoy this year's festival. It will be a weekend filled with activities, entertainment, and fun. There will be something for everyone."
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