Ebony Class of 1971 Hosted 2nd Annual October Fun Fest
by James Coulter
For the second year, the Ebony Class of 1971 from Winter Haven Senior High School raised proceeds for scholarships and provided refreshments and activities for the community with their second annual October Fun Fest on Saturday.
Hosted at Lake Maude Recreation Park in Winter Haven, the Fun Fest facilitated several dozen vendors from local businesses and organizations including Bond Clinic, AdventHealth, and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
For only $1, attendees over the age of three were able to buy a wristband to participate in the event’s activities. They could peruse these vendors, play in bounce houses, take a train ride, listen to live music, exercise along to workout demonstrations, and enjoy food served by food trucks.
The proceeds from the event will go toward the Jewett Alumni Scholarship Fund. More than 22 scholarships were conferred last year from the proceeds raised at last year’s event.
The Ebony Class of 1971 hosted their inaugural event last year to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Shirley Dewdney, the event coordinator, and her fellow graduates wanted to give back to the community that supported them all these years.
Last year’s event drew in 300 attendees, and this year’s event drew in even more due to the extra number of vendors, Dewdney said.
“This year is better because we have more vendors and food trucks and people willing to donate,” she said. “I expect to join hands with another partner to make it bigger and better for the community.”