What the heck is a palooza, anyway? According to the Urban Dictionary it is – an all-out crazy party; partying at one place with a ton of people like there’s no tomorrow. Let’s hope that’s true for Milford’s Summer Palooza. That place to party is the Milford downtown stretch on Main Street between Commerce and Liberty. July 13 thru July 15. This event started over 50 years ago out as a Sidewalk Sale and then grew, with the addition of entertainment and beer tents into Shop Rock and Stroll for several years. Now it’s the Summer Palooza! The event is presented by the Milford Business Association and the Milford Downtown Development Authority.
Shopping at the palooza runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to the beer tent at the Main Street Grill and Tavern location, there will also be a Vegas tent, where patrons will have their choice of playing on six blackjack tables, three poker/Texas Hold ‘Em tables, one “Let it Ride” table, and one roulette table, among others. Funds raised at the Vegas tent will go to support a local charity.
The beer/food and Vegas tents will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many of Milford’s downtown restaurants also offer dining on the village sidewalks, and there will also be live musical performances by several local bands
There will be also activities for children. Kids will be able to play on bouncers, as well as scale a rock climbing wall and dunk someone in a dunk tank.
Maybe I’ll see you at the Palooza. I only live two blocks from downtown Milford, so I can walk home. If you intend to party like there’s no tomorrow call Snowbird Drivers and arrange for a personal chauffer for the evening. They’ll be your designated driver for about ¼ of the cost of renting a limo for the evening and WAY below the cost of a DUI conviction.