Katara Simmons/News-Sun file The popular bed race, which was held during Centennial week last October, will return for Saturday's Founders Day celebration in downtown Sebring. The racing starts at 10 a.m. on North Ridgewood Drive.
published: Friday, October 25, 2013
Halloween meets history at Founder's Day celebration
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- The same group that brought residents and visitors the City of Sebring's Centennial celebration last October have been working diligently over the past several months to bring more fun and festivities to the streets of downtown Sebring with the long-awaited Founder's Day Celebration.
The downtown Sebring area will bustle with activity, music, food and fun Saturday as residents join dignitaries and visitors to celebrate Sebring and its founders.
"Things are going good so far, we're all geared up," said Jen Brown, Sebring Historical Society board member and president of the Sebring Centennial Celebration Inc. "The last Founder's Day celebration was in 1937 ... that is, until now," Brown said.
With an enthusiastic bunch of organizers, supporters and sponsors pushing for an unforgettable event, the hiatus is over and the festivities can begin. A jam-packed schedule of events has been laid out for kids and adults alike to participate in to show their love of the city, its founders and its rich history.
The all-day event is free and open to the public and kicks off Saturday morning at 10 a.m., wrapping up at 10 p.m.
A mid-morning adrenaline-filled start to the festive day will be the Mad Mattress Dash Bed Race at 10 a.m. The bed race, similar to last year's Centennial bed race, will put teams against one another for a chance to be crowned bed race winner. The costume clad participants will race down North Ridgewood in hopes of taking the title.
Lunch will be served at noon in Circle Park. The barbecue chicken lunch sponsored by the Sebring Historical Society will cost $8 per plate and will include chicken quarters, two sides, dinner roll, dessert and a beverage. Entertainment will include the Mountain Dew Cloggers, Martial Arts America's Professional demonstration, dance performances by Tammy's Kids, Rick Arnold and Howie & The CitiCar Show throughout the afternoon.
At 2 p.m., Mayor George Hensley will conduct a sing-along of his "The Ode to George E. Sebring" written last year for Centennial week. From 2-4 p.m., live music and more Halloween festivities will take place. A doggie Halloween costume contest sponsored by the Highlands County Humane Society will be held under the direction of DJ Rooter Rush at 4:30 p.m. followed by the kids costume contest at 5 p.m.
A $100 cash prize is up for grabs for participants of the George E. Sebring look alike contest, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and the Longshot band will take the stage from 6-9 p.m.
Throughout the day, the Humane Society will offer face painting, Circle Theater will hold festive and holiday movies from 2-5 p.m., Home Depot will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with planting stations, activities and candy for kids, and food and beer vendors will also be on site throughout the day. Proceeds from the beer tent will be donated to the Humane Society.
The public is welcome to come in their spookiest, funniest, most creative Halloween get-ups or just as you are.
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