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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:04AM

5th annual Interlake Street Party set for Friday

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The merchants of Interlake Blvd. will host their fifth annual Interlake Street Party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with food and fun for all ages. As the name suggests, the party will be held on Interlake Blvd. between Oak and Magnolia Avenues.

The Interlake Street Party wouldn’t be complete without a chili cook-off. If you have a great chili recipe you won’t want to miss out on the prizes for this contest. The deadline to enter the cook-off is Thursday. Call 863-465-4646 for more information.

The annual event promotes Lake Placid businesses and raises funds that are distributed throughout the community.

“Not all of the merchants and vendors are from Interlake Boulevard. They are from all over the town of Lake Placid,” points out Kathy Allaire, owner of Allaire’s Hair and Nail Designs. The night will offer products from over 30 vendors. The merchants thank the Lake Placid Morning Rotary Club for sponsoring the night.

DJ Jam will provide music. Dance contests will be on the agenda, with prizes to be awarded. There will be plenty of other demonstrations offered, too. A K-9 unit from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will show off its skills, volunteer firefighters will offer safety precautions, and the Big Red Bus will be on hand for blood donations. And, of course, shopping will be a highlight of the evening.

Exhibits of muscle and classic cars, as well as dragsters, are planned. Patrons can also check out displays of boats, watercraft, and off road vehicles.

Visitors at the Interlake Street Party can also take part in the drawings for prizes.

After shopping, dancing and working up an appetite, visitors can stop by one of the many food vendors. The fare will consist of treats ranging from fried gator and barbecue to ice cream. A fruit and vegetable stand will have the best picks for the season.

Booth spaces for vendors are still available. Call Allaire at 863-465-4646 for more information.

1st Friday returns this weekend, too

November’s “1st Friday,” hosted by the five non-profits that comprise Tour Lake Placid, will have the added allure of the Interlake Street Party for a combine a festive atmosphere. The evening will be packed with opportunities to visit Toby’s Clown School, the Mural Society, the Historical Society, the Art League, and the Caladium Arts & Cooperative from 4 to 8 p.m.

Admission to each site is free and light refreshments will be served. Those who visit all five of the nonprofits can register for a gift basket.

• Toby’s Clown School will offer a free magic show, face painting, a large collection of clown-related artwork in the gallery and shopping in the gift store. The Clown School is located on the circle at Interlake.

• Award-winning photographer Glenn Gonzales is the guest at the Mural Society this month. His passion is photographing beautiful old cars and airplanes, as well as wildlife and landscapes. A 10-minute video will answer mural-related questions. The Mural Society is inside the Chamber of Commerce office on oak Avenue.

• In recognition of Veteran’s Day, American flags will be presented to the first 40 veterans and children who visit the Historical Society located in the Train Depot on Park Street. The Historical Society is noting the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination by displaying Kennedy-related books and highlighting a Jacqueline Kennedy dress worn at an official White House event in 1961.

• The Art League will host an exhibit of noted artist Bill Snyder’s students at their open house. The Art League, which features award-winning oil and acrylic paintings by local artists, is located on Dal Hall Blvd.

• Vince Connell will be recognized as Artist of the Month by the Caladium Cooperative and his work will be on display in the showroom. Local crafters will also have their work on display throughout the building. The Caladium Co-op is located on Interlake Blvd.