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Updated: 04/09/2014 08:00:03AM

King of the Wing Contest set April 17

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The 15th Annual Luau Downtown is the place to enjoy a sampling, sipping and mingling outside “on the deck” at Citizens Bank and Trust Downtown.

The Lakeland Chamber expects a record crowd again with more than 600 members and guests arriving to sample and judge wings from local member restaurants.

Held as part of the LUAU, the 12th Annual King of the Wing contest is a perennial favorite for local restaurant owners. Any Chamber member restaurant is eligible to participate, and the winner houses the coveted “King of the Wing” trophy for one year. Wings are graded on appearance, flavor and tenderness.

Tickets for the event cost $10 for guests. It starts at 5:30 p.m. at Citizens Bank and Trust, 402 S. Kentucky Ave.

For information, call 863-688-8551, Ext. 242.

Tourism Week events coming

Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing has National Tourism Week May 5-9.

The first full week of May is recognized annually as National Travel and Tourism Week. Plans are in progress so PCTSM wants tourism officials and residents to make note of these dates, to join in on the public festivities. Polk’s theme for this year’s celebration is “We Are Tourism.”

PCTSM staff members will visit locations across Polk County, in a tourism caravan, visiting different tourism and hospitality venues daily, to recognize the contributions of the front-line travel industry personnel who interact with visitors on a daily basis.

PCTSM has a Tourism Rally for Polk County Tourism Employees and Dignitaries at Polk Outpost 27 (Polk County’s official visitor information center) in Davenport on National Travel Rally Day, form 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6.

Tourism employs more than 20,000 people in Polk County and contributed more than $1.2 billion in economic impact in 2013, which helps enhance the quality of life for the citizens and businesses of Polk County, the tourism bureau reports. Research by VISIT FLORIDA (the tourism marketing corporation for the state of Florida) indicates nearly 95 million visitors came to Florida in 2013, an increase of 3.5 percent over 2012. This represents a record year for visitation to Florida, exceeding the previous high of 91.5 million in 2012. The number of direct travel-related jobs in 2013 was also a record high, with 1,088,200 Floridians employed in the tourism industry — up 2.9 percent from 2012.

More details will be forthcoming, as the specifics of Polk County’s National Tourism Week daily caravan stops are mapped out across Polk County.

For information, contact Carol DeHaven at 863-551-4750 or

Golf tournament to benefit wounded Marines set

The 2014 golf tournament of the USMCCCA Foundation is scheduled at Friday, May 9 and there will be an 8 a.m. shotgun start

It is at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, Davenport, and the tournament, now in its 10th year, provides support for wounded Marines, widows, and their families through grants from the USMCCCA Foundation. The tournament also enables the Foundation to offer scholarships to active duty Marines and their dependents.

Since its inception, more than $78,000 has been raised for the Foundation which annually supports the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund and enables the Foundation to grant scholarships.

The Tournament is a four-person team scramble that begins immediately after opening ceremonies featuring the United States Marine Corps Color Guard of the 4th Truck Bn., USMCR, Orlando.

The $65 entry fee includes cart and greens fees, range balls prior to play, and a luncheon following play.

Ridgewood Lakes is located on U.S. 27, about 2 miles south of I-4.

People can call “Red” Carpenter at 352.688.6720 or email for information.

Blue Devils Drama to do Nunsense

The Winter Haven High School Blue Devil Drama is scheduled to do Nunsense: The Mega-Musical Version on May 1-3 and again on May 4. The first three shows are at 7:30 p.m. The last is a matinee at 2:30 p.m.

All performances will be held at the Gorman Ayers Fine Arts Auditorium at Winter Haven High School. Tickets are available at the door for $7 for adults and $5 for students/seniors.

For information, contact Rob Fritz, Director of Theatre, at 863-291-5330 or

First produced at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City and directed by creator Dan Goggin, Nunsense is presented as a variety show fundraiser organized by the Little Sisters of Hoboken to raise money to bury sisters accidentally poisoned by the convent cook, Sister Julia (Child of God).

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