By PHYLLIS HODGES
On Saturday, March 17, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at FunFest 2018 with the thousands of fun-seekers who will gather at the Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus, 1009 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. The annual event is free and open to the public
FunFest opens at 9 a.m. with a welcome by CA Board President John Luper and FunFest Chairperson Brigitt Lewis. The opening ceremony also includes raising of the flag by Janet Taylor representing the American Legion, Salvina Tannenholz singing the national anthem and Uta Kuhn leading the Pledge of Allegiance.
Continuing until 2 p.m., FunFest offers the opportunity to peruse handmade creations made by CA club members. Attendees can enjoy demonstrations of club activities and a courtyard filled with food offerings. Businesses and civic organizations will also be on-site to talk about their products and services.
Entertainment begins with the Women’s Chorus in the Florida Room at 10 a.m. and continues until the last performance by Elvis Presley (aka Bill Lindsey) at 1:15 p.m. in the Main Tent. Other featured entertainment performers include The Dukes and Kevin Brooks. Local groups include Front Porch Pickers, Gals and Guys Productions, Men’s Chorus and Par for the Chorus. See the supplement in this issue of The Observer News for the schedule.
Don’t miss the Health Fair in the Atrium and parking lot. Some of the services to be offered from health-care providers and health-related local clubs and organizations include balance assessment, diabetic risk evaluations, eye exams, skin cancer screening, vein screening, blood pressure, heart rates and oxygen saturation. The OneBlood Big Red Bus will also be there.
The 18-member FunFest Committee headed by Lewis has been working for several months to make this year’s event one to remember. This is her second year at the helm. “I feel honored to be helping with an activity that so benefits the community and allows our clubs to shine. The whole day is fun and positive, which makes me proud to live in Sun City Center!” she said.
Lewis pointed out that a couple of changes are being made this year. 1) Bicycles must be parked on the perimeter of the campus. 2) No dogs are allowed except service dogs, and they must have proper identification as such. She said there will be volunteers around to provide any assistance needed; they will be wearing FunFest identification.
Golf cart parking will again be in the area just north of North Course Lane (behind the modulars). To avoid hassle-free parking around the event site, consider parking at the CA’s South Campus, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Buses will be running continuously and are handicapped equipped.
The first CA FunFest was in 1990; it was started as an opportunity to display community spirit while providing an opportunity for Community Association clubs to raise operational funds.
Don’t forget to remove this week’s Observer News supplement for the full FunFest schedule.