How the Milton Cultural Festival came to be – Part Two

MILTON – The 6th annual Milton Cultural Festival is a month away, and it has come far from being Fiesta de Mayo.  As the festival approaches, we take a look back at how it all began and where it is today.

Looking at the most recent Milton Cultural Festival’s, more and more ethnicities began to be represented.  DonnaBridge is the chairperson of the festival committee.  “It is really exciting to be able to share the different cultures.  Having been a teacher, it is very important to me that children, teenagers and adults in The Valley learn about other cultures and heritages and that way they are open to everyone in the community.”

In 2011 and 2012, the downtown Milton event featured food vendors, education displays, and entertainment spanning from Latino, Mexican, Irish, Italian, Greek, German, and American.  The MiltonAreaSchool District also got involved by having students participate in the opening flag ceremony.

Also exciting was the incorporation with The Improved Milton Experience.  The Milton Cultural Festival would now be one of the anchors of TIME’s SpringTIME Celebration, the weeklong celebration in Milton.

Also, says Milton Main Street Manager George Venios, there would be help with funding.  “That is a main advantage.  Because TIME is a non-profit, we are able to receive grants and people that make donations can do so as tax deductions.  That is another great value of the partnership.”  We’ll preview the sixth annual Milton Cultural Festival in upcoming newscasts. The Festival is being held May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, go to www.miltonpatime.org