Courtesy photo Centennial Committee member Jane Hancock displays letter of appreciation to city of Sebring from Sebring Centennial Committee at council meeting Tuesday night.
published: Friday, May 24, 2013
Sebring to continue to honor past with Founder's Day celebration Oct. 26
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING - First, the Sebring city council received a framed letter of appreciation from the Sebring Centennial Committee for their work during the year-long 100th birthday celebration for the Orange Blossom City in 2012.
Council members Tuesday night then learned that not only does the Centennial Committee live on, but they are continuing to plan events.
Centennial Committee chair Jen Brown outlined the Oct. 26 Founder's Day festivities. Preliminary plans call for it to begin with another run at last year's successful bed races. Also on the proposed agenda would be a barbecue chicken lunch prepared on the Circle by members of the Sebring Historical Society.
Other event suggestions include the showing of historic movies and films at the recently renovated Circle Theater, a pie-eating contest, a George E. Sebring look-alike contest, a live band to perform and a downtown cruise featuring historic, vintage and classic cars, trucks and vans.
In a written proposal to the council, committee members wrote, "In the early days of this town, those who knew George E. Sebring, many wanted to keep alive the memory of this dynamic personality by dedicating one day each year as a 'Founder's Day.'"
Reportedly, the group still has some funds left over from last year's activities and will use those as seed money to continue their efforts at marking local historic events and occasions in downtown Sebring.
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