SEBRING –– The historic downtown district was the place to be Saturday as Circle Park was filled with people enjoying the fabulous Roaring 20’s Festival. Plenty of sunshine and a cooling breeze made for a perfect day of fun and food.
The festival was held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and hosted over 50 craft, art and food vendors celebrating Sebring’s 1920s heritage. Special activities outside the Children’s Museum of the Highlands and at the Off Circle Gallery added to the day’s fun.
Many people enjoyed the various foods available downtown and sat at shaded tables in Circle Park. Besides the usual festival food, B.K. Foods had unique delicacies like fried Oreos, fried Twinkies and New Orleans-style beignets.
Attendees set up chairs in the park to listen to the mellow sounds of “The Jazz Phools.” Band members were dressed in Roaring 20s style as they entertained a big crowd while on Center Stage.
Antique cars surrounded the circle. A silver 1928 Miller Cycle Cart was on display. A sign said it won the 1928 Indianapolis 500, driven by Louie Myers, and was custom built by Bill Beck.
Friends Wendy White and April Sanders were checking out a flashy red 1931 Chrysler. “We’ve been coming to this festival for years,” said White. “We absolutely love it.”
The “Merry Widows Group” climbed up into a 1901 curve dash Oldsmobile for a picture, with permission from the owner. Betty Murphy, Janet Brockman, Cindy O’Rourke and Sue Gossett were here from Dayton, Ohio.
Diane Pressman was browsing and talking with Rob Purser at the “Pampered Heart Soaps” tent. Pressman chose to try the mango-papaya salt scrub. “Just rub your hands together and rinse off,” Purser encouraged. “See how soft and smooth your hands are and how good they smell.”
The Children’s Museum of the Highlands, which has not yet reopened due to needed repairs, had some fun exhibits set up outside for kids to enjoy. Joshua Conner, 8, was working the “sensory dig” looking for treasures.
Lynn Upson from St. Augustine was in her “Seasons in the Sun” tent. “I grow and make organic herbs and write healthy cooking books,” she said as she demonstrated herb combinations.
Amanda Brooks hosted the “Lakonia Greek Products” tent with pure olive oils, infusion oils, green and Kalamata olives. “All of our products come from the family estate in Greece,” Brooks said. Tasting was available.
The Off Circle Gallery had its “rent-a-brush” experience again. The large abstract canvas has the words “thank you” hidden in the painting. A silent auction will be held at a later date with the proceeds going to the Highlands County Humane Society.
Other items for sale included jewelry, wood designs, handmade items, honey, jams and jellies, kettle corn, spices, clothing, doggie goodies and so much more.
Some guests were dressed in authentic 1920s style. Mike Jarvis with Frames and Images and Rose Clark, a visitor from Philadelphia, looked great in their period attire.