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Lake Wailes Park Festival Grows Family Fun, Music, Food, and Games

Olmsted Day in the Park Adds Many Features for Third Annual Event

Lake Wailes Park will again host a day of family fun on Saturday, April 29 as the city celebrates the annual Olmsted Day in the Park. This years' event promises to be bigger and better than ever as plenty of new features and attractions are being added.

Food trucks, lots of games for both kids and adults, live bands, and the added feature of "Beers With Pioneers," a beer-tasting event, will make the day fun for every member of the family.

For kids, an inflatable obstacle course and games, kite decoration and flying, scratch art, a dry-land "fishing" hole, races, and a scavenger hunt are on tap, along with exhibitions by the Lake Wales Police Department K-9 unit. Also featured will be hands-on displays of trucks, including a fire truck, along with educational booths and the popular "family feud" game show.

The festival will run from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm with a full schedule of events. Details will being posted on the website of Lake Wales Heritage as the schedule is finalized by organizers.

Organizers are inviting additional vendors to join the event. Plant sales, antique cars, a "talking tree," actor portrayals of famous pioneer characters, and a special presentation on the ongoing Lake Wales Envisioned effort will also be included.

The third-annual celebration of parks, trees, nature, and fun marks the 1929-30 landscaping effort that saw the planting of the scores of huge Live Oaks, palms and flowering trees that helped make Lake Wales "a City in a Garden."

Funded by Edward Bok, the landscape designs were created by famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., who also created Bok Tower Gardens. Olmsted's firm was also responsible for hundreds of other famous parks, including the Biltmore Estate, the grounds of the White House and US Capitol, Central Park, Niagara Falls, Mount Royal, and more than 100 college campuses across the nation.

The event is hosted by Lake Wales Heritage, an Olmsted Conservancy, and the City of Lake Wales, along with supporting sponsors including Cindy and Kent Lilly, Dyer Kia & Chevrolet, Dover, Kohl & Partners, Robin Gibson, and others.


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