By Kristin Rover
One of the long-standing traditions in Milford is fast approaching with the Frontier Days Festival scheduled for June 5-8.
The 52nd annual event will include musical entertainment, rides, a variety of food vendors, games, and other activities.
“We do try to make it a family event, but also a fun event for anyone who wants to come down in the evening,” Karen Wikoff, executive director of the Milford Miami Township Chamber of Commerce, said.
Wikoff said some of the most popular events are the parade and the frog jumping contest.
“You’ll see people at five in the morning putting their lawn chairs out,” Wikoff said about the parade.
Wikoff said the parade is one of Clermont County’s oldest parades with more than 100 entries. The parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5 and will run from Lila Avenue to Main Street and Old Milford, ending at the festival grounds.
She said the frog jumping contest has also become a popular tradition.
“I would say the frog jumping contest is one of our biggest events,” Wikoff said. “A lot of parents who participated 20-30 years ago bring their kids back.”
The frog jumping contest will take place at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7.
In addition, Wikoff said they have several bands playing during the event this year, including Naked Karate Girls on Friday and SoulFixers featuring Lady Joya on Saturday.
Wikoff said there will be plenty to eat during the festival including tacos, corn, fried fish, and other foods.
“A lot of our food vendors are either local non-profits or local restaurants,” Wikoff said.
She said the Milford Historical Society runs the gambling tent at the festival. There are also games and rides for children.
For more information about the festival, visit www.frontierdaysmilford.com.