Kumquat Festival traditions continue

Many came wearing sweaters, or jackets, or long-sleeved shirts — but they came just the same to enjoy the Kumquat Festival in Dade City.

Bruce Gode, of Kumquat Growers Inc., arranges a display of kumquats for sale at the festival. 
(Richard Riley)

“Tens of thousands of people came from all over the Tampa Bay region — residents, winter visitors and tourists joined in the fun,” according to an email from John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual event.

Generous sponsors and more than 200 volunteers helped pull off the event, which generated an estimated $800,000 in economic activity, Moors added.

There were the usual things that people find at festivals — funnel cakes and festival queens, live entertainment and plenty of stuff to buy.

There were pony rides, plants for sale, quilts on display and a car show, too.

Plus, there were all sorts of kumquat goodies to taste and to purchase.

With newly purchased plants over her back and in her arms, Stephanie Simpson, right, poses with Shirley Perez, both of Tampa. Simpson, a retired veteran with five tours in Afghanistan, was visiting her first Kumquat Festival.

The festival once again showcased the quaint nature of downtown Dade City’s historic core.

The 21st annual Kumquat Festival is planned for Jan. 27, 2018. Planning begins this month.

Anyone who would like to be involved as a volunteer, sponsor or vendor should email gro.r1529843832ebmah1529843832cytic1529843832edad@1529843832sroom1529843832j1529843832 or gro.y1529843832ticed1529843832ad@re1529843832buj1529843832. For more information about the festival, visit KumquatFestival.org.

Published February 1, 2017

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