Katara Simmons/News-Sun Sebring Mayor George Hensley welcomes people to the Founder's Day event on Saturday morning in downtown Sebring. This was the first Founder's Day event in more than 60 years.
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published: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Founder's Day brings residents, city together
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Two teams battled it out Saturday morning on Ridgewood Drive in downtown Sebring for the newly revived Mad Dash Bed Race, which kicked off the return of the Sebring Founder's Day celebration.
Home Depot came out victorious over Xtreme MowerSports.
The team composed of Home Depot employees J.D. Baxter, Richard Torres, Rick Lavander, Alma Barragan, Vanessa Feser and Tina Brant. Mayor George Hensley presented the team with a first-place plaque and congratulations.
Event coordinator and president of Sebring Centennial Committee Jen Brown was enthusiastic about the full day of events scheduled for the first Founders Day celebration in more than 60 years. When asked why Brown decided to choose this year to bring back the old tradition, Brown simply replied, "Why not?"
The last Founder's Day was in 1937.
"I'm not really sure why there hasn't been one since then, but these last few years there just hasn't been anyone willing to volunteer their time and effort. Me and six other girls put together the Centennial last year. After the Centennial we had so many people from the public raving about the bed race and asking us if there would be another one this year. Everyone wanted to see it again," Brown said.
Brown explained that following the end of Centennial week there were still funds available in the Centennial account.
"We had a little bit of funds left so we wanted to do something similar to the Centennial without having sponsors and we wanted to make it all free to everyone, so here we are. The funds are all gone now so I don't know if it's something that will continue next year or not," Brown said.
The all-day event continued following the bed race with a barbecue luncheon underneath the old oaks of Circle Park. "The Spoilers" was the free movie presented to attendees free of charge by the newly opened Circle Theater. Throughout the day, local dignitaries could be spotted including Mayor Hensley and his wife, Nancy, city council and staff members, the Sebring Police Department and Fire Department chiefs, along with many other city staff department heads and members.
"I think the best thing about Founder's Day is getting to know Mayor Hensley and the city staff members. The department heads in Sebring just work so hard for this community, they are all amazing.
"Sebring is such a special place and we want everyone to realize that. This is what Founder's Day is all about," Brown said.
Hail Hensley~ (by: Blindman~ - 10/28/2013)
Long live Mayor Hensley, the perfect gentleman to represent our town!
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