As we march toward the future, Milton continues to change and evolve. Everything from the Comprehensive Plan for the city, new residents taking up houses, and the passing of iconic Samaritan Bart Taylor have shifted the town. But through all of these changes, Milton Days has remained a steady celebration of all the city represents. This year was no different on Aug. 15 and 16, when Milton came together to celebrate the past, present and future.
“This year, there was an amazing community and family feel,” Milton Events Committee chair April Balsley said. “The kids rides and games were bigger and better, and a special thanks to Haggen for the Children’s activities, and the vendors had something for everyone. As always the City of Milton employees, staff and Mayor Perry are great hosts for this wonderful venue.”
The family theme was important to the Events Committee this year, wanting to push the celebration as something the whole family could enjoy. In addition to the Haggen family activities, East Pierce Fire and Rescue was on the scene with a safety house, educating young children on what to do in case of an emergency in the home.
“Any time you’re educating children on fire safety you’re saving lives. You know it’s going to turn out right,” Captain Lane Walthers of the department said.
When kids were done with the informative lesson, they could run over to the swinging pirate ship or the rock wall just a few feet away. Parents, on the other hand, could hang out in the main area of the park where vendors and entertainment made their home all weekend. Whether it was perennial favorite Motown Cowboys or the annual Milton Idol competition, there was always something to check out.
“It’s great how together everyone is, coming together for a common goal for a better Milton Days,” Milton City Councilmember Tony Bennest said.
For all the celebration, there was one person noticeably absent – councilmember Bart Taylor, who passed away earlier this year. In order to honor an outstanding Samaritan of the city, a car was entered in his name during the Saturday morning parade carrying his family, and a recently installed bench at Milton Community Park is marked with his name, a tribute to a man who was always willing to work hard to improve his town.
“It was a nice way to honor a man who has done so much for Milton,” Council Member Jim Manley said.
It wouldn’t be Milton Days without a stage for music and competition, and the bands were as diverse as ever.
“The music was on point with the mix of Fife High School student DJ Drew to crowd pleaser Motown Cowboys,” Balsley said.
It wasn’t just professional bands that took the stage. Sunday featured the annual Milton Idol competition, allowing citizens to take the stage and sing some of their favorite songs in front of the Sunday crowd.
Now that Milton Days is over, the Events Committee is starting to look forward to the next big community events, the Craft Bazaar and Tree Lighting in the fall. For more information on these annual celebrations, visit www.cityofmilton.net.