The eighth annual Avon Park Rotary Bluegrass & Blueberry Festival will fill Donaldson Park in downtown Avon Park on Saturday, April 28. There will be fresh produce brought by Orange Blossom Produce, the traditional barbecue chicken dinners prepared by the Avon Park Champions Club and Rotarians, the signature Blueberry Lemonade made by Dorothy Hinson (aka the Lemonade Queen according to her husband, Rotarian Al Hinson), gourmet-variety, freshly picked blueberries from a small farm outside of Frostproof and a wide variety of other food and drink vendors.
There is an ice cream truck, blueberry pies and other blue berry bakery goods. The Emerald variety of Blueberry bushes from a Gainesville nursery is being sold by Rotary with expert planting tips from the Master Gardeners.
A special returning vendor is the Fiddler’s Ridge Winery bringing their blueberry wines, plus peach and honey wines and combinations from their farms.
This year a real bonus to the day will be Classic Caladiums, an Avon Park company with an impressive number of patented varieties of caladiums grown on their Zolfo Springs farms and elephant ear bulbs.
There is a free Kids Zone, sponsored by Florida Hospital Heartland, so there are no separate charges for the children’s activities. The vendors are almost all local with original arts and crafts — perfect for Mother’s Day gifts, gifts to store away for future celebrations and that one-of-a-kind art piece to take home.
Included is jewelry, leather goods, hand-thrown pottery, hand sewn gifts, special items for dogs and dolls, cottage industry jams, jellies and pickles by Jane Klein of Zolfo Springs. Her ‘hot’ blueberry jam proved so popular many of her other fruit jams are also available with that spicy twist.
The bluegrass music is provided by the returning Hwy 41 South bluegrass band. They proved to be a crowd favorite and fun to work with.
The festival has no admission or parking fees, located in a park on Lake Verona.