The History of Frontier Days

it all started with a canoe race

Frontier Days was an idea of a small group from the Milford Chamber of Commerce. In the early 1960s, they would watch 75 to 100 canoeists racing on the Little Miami River. The finish line at that time was located at the Milford bridge, where they would load their canoes and go home with no recognition given.

The Chamber decided to bring grills and coolers of drinks to the riverbank to sell to the hungry and thirsty canoeists. Soon after, the Chamber decided to name this event Frontier Days. More events began to be added to this weekend event. The finish line for the canoe races was later moved to the area behind the American Legion Post #450, and Frontier Days followed. Carnival rides and games were added, as well as live entertainment and other events. The Canoe Race was abandoned years ago for fears of liability, but in our 58th year, the Chamber is happy to announce that the Canoe Race is backā€¦as a Canoe Float. Ticket Packages for the Canoe Float will include beverage tickets, commemorative tee shirts, and canoe rental. we had to cancel the Canoe Float and it’s a huge bummer. Darn COVID ….

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