published: Wednesday, June 19, 2013
More than just fireworks in AP on July 4
By BARRY FOSTER
AVON PARK -- The City of Charm may have more to offer this year than just their standard Independence Day fireworks display. Travis Garcia of GSD-Flow Studios came to the Avon Park city council meeting Monday night to get their blessing on a full day of activities,
He told council members that his group had plans to have a family friendly event at Donaldson Park in conjunction with the Avon Park Jaycees Fourth of July pyrotechnics display.
Garcia said he currently is in negotiations with a number of food vendors and has arranged to have volunteers from the local Boys & Girls Club to host a cookout as well.
In addition to the food concessions, Garcia has made arrangements for live music from a DJ and to set up several inflatables, including a bounce house and an obstacle course. Games will include a cornhole tournament and an organized run through the obstacle course.
There will be several contests with entry fees and vendors will be asked to kick back 10 percent of their profits with the proceeds to go to the Boys and Girls Club of Highlands County,
Originally, Garcia said, the idea was to partner with the Avon Park Jaycees, who are doing the Independence Day fireworks. However, it was discovered that the Jaycees' insurance only covered the pyrotechnics but not any associated events.
Garcia has helped to engineer several local events including a back-to-school program and concerts with the Christian Arts Festival.
Vendors will set up in the parking areas at Donaldson Park on Thursday morning. They will open shop at 10 a.m. and run up until the fireworks begin at dark.
In addition to giving Garcia permission to hold the event, city council members voted to pitch in and pay the electricity bill.
Clubs, groups, organizations or vendors who wish to participate may contact Garcia at 201-3089.
The community of Sun 'N Lake will hold its annual Independence Day celebration on Wednesday, July 3. From 5-10 p.m., attendees may participate in a number of activities at the Sun 'N Lake Golf Club. Admission is $2 per person and children 2 and under are free. A variety of activities will take place including bounce houses, face painting, games and live entertainment by the Shannon Reed Band.
A cornhole tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m. and teams may sign up for $20. Call 385-4830 to sign up.
The Island View Restaurant will be open and the buffet will cost $15. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and can be viewed on the clubhouse lawn.
Lake Placid will hold its annual Fourth of July firework celebration on Thursday, July 4 at 9 p.m. Fireworks will be able to be viewed over Lake June. For more information, contact Town Hall at 699-3747.
Sebring's fireworks show will be Friday, July 5 at 9 p.m.
Avon Park 4th of July (by: Cynthia Lanier - 6/19/2013)
I'm so glad Avon Park is going to have activities at the park. When my girls were little, I would take them to the Sebring fireworks. We could buy food and enjoy the entertainment. I loved how they kicked off the fireworks by playing the Star-Spangled Banner. It gave us such a sense of pride and community.
AP Fireworks (by: JIMMYFALCO - 6/19/2013)
Thank you Jaycees and Travis Garcia. Another great celebration in our great city.
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