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Azalea Fun Festival

 

AzaleaBannerSpring Azalea Family Fun Festival Is Day Before Easter!

 

January through December, Bartowans observe special occasions each year with parades and festivals, and even celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a traditional “Un-parade.” (You just have to experience this event for yourself to believe it.)

Inspired by Bartow’s slogan, “City of Oaks and Azaleas,” a new celebration of spring, families and fun is being planned. In its second year, the Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival is a quality of life event project of the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce, to be presented by Spath Jewelers.

Set for the day before Easter, Saturday, April 19, the day kicks off with the annual Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. at Mosaic Park.

Have you ever been to one of these?

It’s also called, “The mad dash of two to three minutes.”

Before you can say, “Hopping Down the Bunny Trail,” it’s over. Just a warning, if you’re planning on bringing your child for the hunt, make sure you’re there on time!

The Easter Bunny will visit with kids and pose for photos following; then festivities will move to the bandshell at the park, with egg hunt prizes awarded on stage, followed by music, all day entertainment, lots of food, vendors, demonstrations and everything “Spring.”

Vintage Vibe will be joining the family fun-filled day this year. As many of you know, the eclectic upscale market for the collectors of the curious features “enchanting goods and soulful creations,” says Vibe organizer Trish Pfeiffer. Vendors at the Vibe are those who love to be “artsy, pickers, junkers, refurb experts, and above all, inspired by our inner being to invent, create, play and transform the world around us through our creations,” she explained. Those interested in becoming vendors may contact Pfeiffer at (863) 640-1024.

The special day will also feature a “Leap of Faith” Gospel Sing, at the bandshell. Several local Gospel groups are already signed up for this spectacular day of fun and entertainment.

“We want to create a family day in Bartow around the Spring season, with lots of families participating in fun activities,” Chamber Special Events Coordinator Linda Holcomb, said. “We had a good beginning last year, and this year should prove to be even bigger and better.” And she has lots of fun plans to make it one of Bartow’s most popular events.

Her enthusiasm for the Azalea Festival is contagious; that’s because there is a lot of exciting activities planned for it.

Along with the celebrity Easter Bunny photos, there’ll be demonstrations from organizations such as EMT, Fire and Rescue, Bartow Police K9 Unit, Polk County Master Gardeners, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Southwest Florida Water Management District, and the Polk County Sheriffs Office will be doing kids’ fingerprinting.

Azalea bushes, along with other plants, trees, fruits, vegetables and mouth-watering food will be for sale.

Azaleas can be preordered from the Chamber and come in several sizes and varieties. Ms. Holcomb said that azaleas will be sold before and during the festival in one, three and seven gallon sizes. Varieties available are Conversation Piece, Red and White Ruffle, Happy Days, Aaron White, Duc de Rohan, Duchess of Cypress, Fashion, Var. Dogwood, Lavender Formosa, Gerbing, George Tabor, Red Formosa, and Southern Charm. An online ordering form will be available on the Chamber’s website: www.bartowchamber.com.

“The Azalea Festival is also offering space for schools and service clubs to do fundraisers,” Ms. Holcomb added.

Plans include an RV exhibit with walk-in tours. Anyone interested in Florida-friendly landscaping may get expert advice on how to make it happen. Evolve Professional Landscaping will be displaying plants for sale and will be on hand to give free planting advice. And the Chamber is offering prime real estate at the festival to Bartow businesses.

Families will enjoy activities such as face painting, train rides, cake walks, and assorted children’s games; and, they’ll be more!

Several sponsors and vendors are already on board, but Ms. Holcomb is looking forward to more vendors signing up. “The Chamber and Spath Jewelers are planning on offering food, demonstrations, exhibits, games, entertainment and anything to do with nature and spring at the Azalea Festival,” Ms. Holcomb said. For more information, call Ms. Holcomb at the Chamber, (863) 533-7125.

“We hope a lot of families come out. It’s going to be a great tradition for Bartow.”

 

 

 

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Community Corporate Partners

INVESTING IN THE SUCCESS OF THEIR COMMUNITY . . . the Greater Bartow Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the following businesses for their annual pledge of support to help make our community a better place to live, work and operate businesses.
Chairmen Level - $10,000 Partner

A-C-T
Taste of the Chamber, Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITY OF BARTOW

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals, State of the City Address

MOSAIC

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Pig Out Bartow!, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

SPATH JEWELERS

Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, Chocolate Charms & Chamber Fun Thursday

 

President Level - $5,000 Partner

BARTOW FORD
 
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

BARTOW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow 

 

COMMUNITY SOUTHERN BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

MADRID ENGINEERING GROUP, INC.
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow

 

SEMCO CONSTRUCTION
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Executive Level - $2,500 Partner

BADCOCK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cu[p, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

BARTOW COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
Teacher of the Year Breakfast, Annual Meeting, Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Fun Thursday, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BOSWELL & DUNLAP, LLP
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Polk Politics, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

CITIZENS BANK & TRUST
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Polk Politics, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes

 

DMAR TECHNICAL TRAINING
Hometown Heroes

 

PARTY PEOPLE CELEBRATION COMPANY
Annual Meeting

 

SPHERION STAFFING
Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TD BANK
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble, Leadership Bartow, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

TOM EDWARDS CHRYSLER/DODGE/JEEP/RAM
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Pig Out Bartow!, Chamber Golf Scramble, Fun Thursday, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

WATSON CLINIC
Annual Meeting, Spirit of Bartow Awards, Champions Cup, Leadership Bartow

 

Director Level - $1,000 Partner

AIR METHODS CORPORATION
Hometown Heroes

 

BANK OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Annual Meeting, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION
Annual Meeting, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Champions Cup, Chamber Golf Scramble,Hometown Heroes

 

CENTERSTATE BANK
Annual Meeting, Barn Boogie, Champions Cup, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

RAINBOW INTERNATIONAL OF MID FLORIDA
Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

STINGRAY CHEVROLET BARTOW
Barn Boogie, Chamber Golf Scramble, Pig Out Bartow!, Spring Azalea Family Fun Festival

 

TINDALE-OLIVER & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Spirig of Bartow Awards, Chamber Golf Scramble, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

Business Level - $500 Partner

BB&T
Barn Boogie, Hometown Heroes, ENGAGE Young Professionals

 

BONEFISH GRILL
Chamber Golf Scramble

 

FLORIDA BLUE
Hometown Heroes

 

MOODY LAW
Fun Thursday

 

ORLANDO UTILITIES COMMISSION
Annual Meeting

 

MICHELL GITHENS STATE FARM INSURANCE
Barn Boogie, Mayor's Prayer Luncheon, Chamber Golf Scramble

 

THE VILLAGES AT LAUREL MEADOWS
Barn Boogie, Spirit of Bartow Awards

 

WHIDDEN-McLEAN FUNERAL HOME
Annual Meeting

 

Interested in becoming a Community Corporate Partner? Your company can benefit, as you benefit the community. The Community Corporate Partner program offers our Community Corporate Partners valuable perks to thank them for their support. Call Barbara Adamson today at 863-533-7125 and find out how we can help you help your community.

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