Milton really had Fourth of July spirit

July 21, 2014

Even a hurricane couldn’t succeed in dampening the Fourth of July spirit in Milton. Despite being postponed to July 5, the first annual “Bringing Mayberry Back to Milton” celebration was a huge success. A beautiful, sunny day brought out throngs of residents and visitors to enjoy all the free activities.

Some people asked what is Mayberry? Mayberry is an idyllic fictional small town brought to fame in two sitcoms on TV in the 1960s. The Fourth of July certainly brought out the best in Milton! One couple, who live near Milton, Pa., just happened to drive through our Milton and stopped to enjoy the festivities. As they were leaving, they visited the Welcome Tent to extend their thanks and congratulate our wonderful hometown for its lively spirit.

A highlight of the morning was a bike parade. The contestants were imaginative with their holiday decorations. The grand prize winners are Emmanuell Majel and Caroline Griffis who each won a brand new bike presented by Irish Eyes. The other winners are Hunter Givens, Rebecca Hudson and Victoria Becker for the girls and Isaiah Magathon, Harper Kaser, and Seth Mifflin for the boys. The Milton Historical Society sponsored a Pie Bake-Off contest with amateur, professional, and youth categories. The amateur winner with a Salty Caramel Apple Pie is Gina Fenske. In the professional category, Pasqualini's Bakery won. The winner in the youth category is Elizabeth Biller whose entry was the first pie she ever made!

Keeping the celebration fun and musical in the Gazebo were Ellen Passman as MC, John Mixon, noted Milton DJ, and Walt Hetfield and his Oh Boy! A Tribute to America band. The Lion’s Club provided train rides on the Milton Clipper, and the Economic Development Committee of Milton sponsored a Dunk Tank. Relay races were held and at noon Techno Goober sponsored the Goober Showdown at High Noon water balloon event.

Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers and sponsors who made our “Bringing Mayberry Back to Milton” celebration a great event. A shout out to the outstanding involvement of all of the volunteers from every corner of Milton who planned, prepared, ran the children’s events, and worked to make our celebration a big hit! Also, it wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Thanks go to County Bank, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant, King’s Ice Cream, Milton Chamber of Commerce, PaintNite, Quillen Signs, Security Instrument Corp., Schell Brothers, Stenger’s Shamrock Farms Par 3, Endeavor Lodge 17, St. John Church, Milton Century Club, Brittingham’s Produce, Milton Farmer’s Market, Po Boys Creole and Fresh Catch Restaurant, Ten Bears Environmental, Milton Lions Club, Walk to Defeat ALS, The Town of Milton, Milton Economic Development Committee, The Holy Smokers of Goshen Church, Milton Fire Dept., Techno Goober Web Design, Clean Delaware, Milton Historical Society, Grace Church, Sandy Hill Green Houses, and Burns Pet Shop.

Charlene Jones
“Bringing Mayberry Back to Milton” Chairwoman







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