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Free Crooked Lake Heritage Festival Feb. 1

Celebration of Babson Park with Food, Music, Fun

The annual Crooked Lake Heritage Festival is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 1 to celebrate the rich history of Babson Park.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. lakeside on the campus of Webber International University at 1201 N. Scenic Hwy. in Babson Park.

The event will feature live music, family fun, food trucks, history displays and art activities. The performance schedule includes: Bok Academy steel drums, 10-10:30 a.m .; Babson Park Elementary Chorus, 10:45-11:15; Babson Park Brass Ensemble, 11:30-noon; Alick Gerard Band, 12:15-12:45 p.m .; and Music Girls, 1-2:30 p.m.

The Bok Academy South floating classroom will be on hand for science demonstrations.

Sponsors include Action Signs and Advertising, Webber International University and its Rotaract Club and the Rotary Club of Lake Wales.

The Nature Conservancy is happy to provide a limited-edition opportunity to take a short swamp buggy tour of Tiger Creek Preserve in Babson Park as part of the Crooked Lake Heritage Festival. There will be 2 tours available: one leaving Webber International University at 10:30, and one leaving at 12:30.

The buggy has 18 seats, 10 available for advance signup through Eventbrite, and eight seats set aside for a first-come first-served signup at the table at the Festival. Participants must be over 14 years old and able to climb steep stairs and be wiling to take a bumpy ride.

The tour will explore what's so special about the blackwater streams, hardwood swamps, sandhills, and oak hammocks as you join us for a buggy tour atop the ancient sand island of the Lake Wales Ridge. You'll learn about the importance of this ecosystem and how our work with fire replenishes the land, creating habitat for animals such as swallow-tailed kites, bald eagles, and gopher tortoises. If time allows, we will also take a less than 1-mile hike to a gorgeous view. This trip is an introduction to this hikers' paradise to whet your appetite to return and explore more.

To sign up in advance for the 10:30 a.m. tour, go to

To sign up in advance for the 12:30 p.m. tour, go to


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