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Saturday "Family Fun" Day to Include Kids' Games, Bands, Beer Garden

Olmsted Day in the Park is Annual Celebration of Parks, Trees, Nature

A chance to relax in the shade, enjoy food from your favorite food truck, listen to four different bands, and let the kids burn off steam as they learn and play is expected to draw crowds to Lake Wailes Park Saturday.

The 10:00 am to 8:00 pm event will include a kite festival, a family-feud style trivia game, nature walks, a giant inflatable obstacle course, nature walks, a "fishing pond," and a wide variety of games and prizes for adults and kids. A silent auction and gift basket raffles will also be included.

Beer With Pioneers, a craft brew tasting area, will offer refreshments and a large seating area for diners. An arts-and-crafts tent will offer kids a chance to be creative, or decorate their own kite to fly in the kite contest. The "Awesome Story Tree" will reward listeners with free ice cream coupons.

A "City Nature Challenge" will use a phone app to collect images of the nature to be found in the park, while a touch-a-truck display for kids, antique cars, and a solar-viewing telescope will be accompanied by a dozen food trucks, along with plenty of vendors selling everything from plants and trees to jewelry and beauty products.

The opening ceremonies at 10:00 will include a performance by bagpiper Ben Pugh, a dedication ceremony for a newly-planted Live Oak, and a presentation about the ongoing Lake Wales Envisioned effort by city planner Victor Dover.

Four musical acts, including Bryan Rivers, The Gnarbuckles, The Plank Spankers, plus Micah Madore and Marcus McCants, will keep the tunes rolling into the evening.

The third annual Olmsted Day event is a celebration of the works of the landscaping genius Frederick Law Olmsted Jr., who created Bok Tower Gardens, Mountain Lake, and many of Lake Wales' most beautiful places. The Olmsted firm was also responsible for New York's Central Park, the Niagara Reserve, the Biltmore Estate, and hundreds of other garden spots nationwide. The non-profit group Lake Wales Heritage is seeking to replant Olmsted's plan for the city, which includes hundreds of blocks of street trees.

The event is hosted by Lake Wales Heritage and the City of Lake Wales. Major sponsors include Raymond James and Cindy and Kent Lilly, along with Nucor, Chemical Containers, Dover, Kohl & Partners, Gibson Law Firm, and Lake Wales


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