For the last eight years, Christmas has come twice a year in Milton on a day locals refer to as the Best of Milton Festival.

For the last eight years, Christmas has come twice a year in Milton on a day locals refer to as the Best of Milton Festival.

What is it?

The Best of Milton Festival is a big auction and fundraiser event designed to sustain the Milton Historical Society. The event features some of the best gems in Milton and in all of Sussex County. Last year's Best of Milton Festival saw the Milton Fire Department donate a ride on its 1926 fire engine to a lucky couple who used it for their wedding.

Held at the Milton Fire Hall, this Saturday will mark the eighth year for the event.

Approximately 200 items will be available for auction. It'll include everything from antiques, books, gift baskets and gift certificates to big-ticked items like a private tour at Dogfish Head Brewery.

All of the items have been donated, and the majority of them will be available in the silent auction.

Not to mention, the festival will feature hors d'oeuvres and desserts including King's Homemade Ice Cream. Live tunes will be provided by the piano and sax duo Vincent Verrassi and Ken Cicerale.

"It's kind of like a fun atmosphere for people to enjoy themselves and mingle, and see what other business have contributed and sort of revel in that and take pride in what Milton has to offer," said Milton Historical Director Amber Schell.

Can't-miss gems

In addition to the private tour at Dogfish Head, Schell believes some of the other highly coveted items will include a children's pedal car that's been donated from i.g. Burton. It's a proven gem that's been a hit in the past.

Another notable item is a stunning autographed photo of Cape Henlopen during a sunset by professional photographer Kevin Fleming. Fleming, who has a gallery in Rehoboth, has photographed for National Geographic.

Also, the town of Milton has donated a party package that includes private use of Milton Memorial Park and a ride on it its miniature choo-choo train.

Believe it or not, local resident Gladys Wilkins' has donated hen eggs that are all the rave. Every year Wilkins has faithfully donated a dozen of eggs for the Best of Milton Festival, and they sell like chocolate chip hotcakes.

"They usually sell for over $100," Schell said. "That's an expensive omelet."


WHAT 8th Annual Best of Milton Festival

WHEN 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday

WHERE Milton Fire Department's fire hall, 116 Front St., Milton

COST $15

INFO Visit or call (302) 684-1010