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UPDATE: Because of the on going Coronavirus, the promoter has decided to move the date to April 24 & 25, 2020.
Information compiled and written by Nathan Wertheimer
Apopka is known for the largest nurseries, which have a variety of plants, flowers, and trees that are being produced within the city every year. Now is your chance to buy from a whole seller to the general public. This festival is being held on the weekend of March 28 & 29, 2020.
From Orlando to Apopka is a quick drive up State Road 441. Just look for the festival signs that will direct drivers to Kit Land Nelson Park. If you’re looking for close parking to the festival, there is a parking fee to park in the field. Parking fees may range from $5-$10 per vehicle and are subjected to change without notice. Free parking is located in the residential areas in the area around the park.
All 100% of the proceeds from the Apopka Art and Foliage Festival are used to support various needs within the City of Apopka. Each of the following organizations and programs were beneficiaries from the 2018 Apopka Art and Foliage Festival: Anthony House , Apopka Historical Society Apopka Police/Fire/Recreation, Apopka Relay for Life, Avian Reconditioning Center, Cancer Care Resource Center, Canine Companions, Citizens Police Academy, Emergency Disaster GFWC, Future Rebels Fast Pitch, Habitat for Humanity Apopka, Hacienda Ranch, Harbor House, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, Hope Community Center, Little League, Loaves & Fishes, Miss Apopka Pageant, Shop With A Cop, Special Olympics, Habitat For Humanity, Pop Warner (AYS), Presidents Project, Quest North, R.O.C.K., Roger Daubach Foundation, 6 Scholarships to local graduating seniors, Special Scholarship to local adult woman returning to education, Seniors First, Other yet-to-be-designated Civic & Community. Some beneficiaries maybe be added or changed without notice.
There will be a large selection of plants, flowers, and trees to buy. It is recommended to arrive early when they open to pick the best one’s for the day. At the end of the day, the plants and flowers may not look as pretty as when they are fresh from the morning. Some hard to find plants can be easily be found at this festival. Many nursery vendors are available for any questions one may have. Plus, even the Plant Doctor will be present at this festival too.
Beside the plants and flowers there are many wonderful artisans and craftsmen on hand selling their hand-made works of art. One will find various sizes of fine art paintings, sculptures, photography, mix media art, and much more. Prices on artwork will vary by each artist from a few dollars to hundreds of dollars. Don’t forget to stop by the K-12 grade school children’s juried artwork exhibit.
Don’t leave this festival hungry. There will be plenty of food and drink vendors on hand for some great food. These vendors are cooking up breakfast sandwiches, hotdogs, Fresh squeezed lemonade, chicken tenders, gyro sandwiches, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, and much more. Prices on food will vary depending on vendor. Most vendors take only cash but some may take credit cards.
Throughout the day attendee can enjoy some free entertainment at the gazebo in the middle of the park. See festival website for schedule of entertainment. Here are just a few of the feature acts on stage, which are Decyo McDuffie, Lynne Gibson Project, Sophia Manning, Christian Learning Academy, Dream Lake, Lakeville Elementary, and much more. They have seats waiting for you and your family. There are a limited number of chairs near the gazebo.
This event would not be possible without these fine sponsors. They are Advent Health, The Apopka Chief & The Planter, Walmart Neighborhood Market, The Home Deport, JJC Marking Solutions, Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, Watson Realty, Northwest Orange Republican Women – Federated, Victory Martial arts, Sunny Days Swim School, Snap Fitness, Sunsaris Pure Water, and Kloenel Chiropractic.
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