EUSTIS — On Feb. 24-26, 2012, the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Eustis, will be welcoming visitors as they celebrate their patriotic spirit with the 110th Annual GeorgeFest, featuring the theme, “Made in America.” Last year’s celebration attracted nearly 20,000 people to the quaint lake-front city, which has a population of just over 19,000 residents.
GeorgeFest, which is the second longest-standing celebration of George Washington’s birthday in the nation, and the longest running event in Florida, is a unique community festival that spans three days.
Friday night kicks off with the opening of the festival, which includes a carnival, free cupcakes courtesy of Golden Corral, live entertainment by the Roy Baker Band, and a spectacular fireworks display along the edge of Lake Eustis.
The Saturday morning festivities begin with a Dog Jog at 9 a.m., followed by the Grand Parade at 10 a.m. Entertainment by Gospel Explosion runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with food baking and eating competitions starting at 2 p.m. Beginning at 7 pm., the band “Trainin’ Lucy” from Ocala will offer live music to festival-goers.
The festival continues until 5 p.m. on Sunday, and starts with a patriotic service at 10 am., followed by live blues, contemporary, jazz and R&B music. At 4 p.m., a raffle will be held for an autographed Dwight Howard basketball.
The annual GeorgeFest is funded entirely through sponsorships. For more information about the event, call the Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce at (352) 357-3434, or visit www.eustischamber.org/GeorgeFest2012/Events.asp.