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By Jeff Roslow
County Editor 

SyFy Festival Draws Thousands


Last updated 2/25/2019 at 11:51am

Science fiction enthusiasts from the Lake Wales area only had to travel about 15 miles east Saturday, Feb. 16 to meet up with comic book icons, superheroes and other people involved in the Steampunk movement.

Tens of thousands of people hit Main Street for the sixth annual SyFy Bartow.

Up and down Main Street from Broadway to nearly Oak there were people dressed up as Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, Aquaman and there were plenty in Steampunk garb as this year's theme was Steampunk.

In fact, Central Avenue was Steampunk Alley. Featured also in this year's show was Steampunk themed DJ Vlad who advertises that he parties like it's 1889.

In its sixth year, the car show keeps getting larger with more than 70 vehicles on hand. In fact, there were three Ectomachines on hand. Because there were so many vehicles on hand the show was moved off Wilson Avenue to the east end of Main Street.

Organizer Sean Serdynski said next year's SyFy Bartow, scheduled Feb. 15, 2020, is themed Myths & Magic. For more on SyFy Bartow go to


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