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Milford Memories Summer Festival

Art and this village go together like peanut butter and jelly. Get the family saturated in culture and tons of fun activities in Oakland County Aug. 9-11, 2013

Art, music, great eats and a comfortable atmosphere meld Aug. 9-11, 2013, to create the Milford Memories Summer Festival.

It's all about promoting local businesses – and supporting and displaying the beautiful ideas of more than 250 artists from across the U.S. and Canada. The Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce is the creative force behind this community-minded festival.

Milford Memories offers a chance to not only expand your artistic arsenal, but also to explore downtown Milford and shop everything from little boutiques to big businesses on Main Street. Saturday and Sunday, get to the festival early to enjoy a pancake breakfast; then, stick around for a wide summery selection of food to suit anyone's taste.

Make your memories aesthetically pleasing at Art in the Village, which runs 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The art show dots downtown with gawkable pieces for sale straight from the artists' booths to your hands.

Kids will love climbing the rock wall, shouting silly directions during the blind canoe race, learning from the pros how to wrangle a fire hose and catching the biggest fish in the Huron River at the fishing competition.

What better way to spark an interest in history than a super-real canon firing at the Civil War encampment? This portion of the festival is always a big hit with the family: At the camp, examine a display of 1800s daily fashions, chores and military drills up close.

Keep an eye out for members of the Metro Parent team, too, who will be in the craft area helping kids get their art on!

Free and paid parking are available; look on Main Street for signs to direct you to the parking of your choice. All proceeds from $5 parking go to the Lakeland High School senior class and the Milford High School band program; if you decide to opt for the paid spots, a free shuttle service aids in transportation to the festival.

The festival happens in Central Park at 151 N. Main St.

For more information and specific event times, visit the website for the 2013 Milford Memories Summer Festival, which you can find in the Metro Parent calendar listing.

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