Swamp Fest returns with new rides, family fun

The idea of bringing a community together to have fun, while raising money, is nothing new. Swamp Fest, an annual event, has been doing that for 11 years, in Land O’ Lakes. Festivities begin with a preview evening on Oct. 31. The festival runs through Nov. 3. The event raises money for area schools, nonprofits and community, as well as benefiting businesses. It is hosted by the Land … [Read more...]

Swampfest offers food, fun and entertainment

A light rain fell on the evening of Nov. 2 at the 10th annual Swampfest at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, but that didn’t keep the mostly young festival crowd from turning out to enjoy the rides, games, food trucks and entertainment. JT Curtis and the Florida Scoundrels entertained the crowd from the Heritage Park stage. Attendance swelled the following day, as the weather was sunny and breezy — … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes SwampFest looks to take center stage

When the dumpster arrives at Land O’ Lakes Community Park, that’s a sure sign that the carnival equipment to set up the Midway is soon to follow, according to Doug Hutchinson, coordinator for the Land O’ Lakes SwampFest. SwampFest 2017 will feature a few new twists, according to Hutchinson, the longtime coordinator of the community fair. First off, the event will be using Heritage Stage, the … [Read more...]

Making music under the stars

Pine View Middle School is continuing its tradition of bringing the musical arts to the community of Land O’ Lakes, with its eighth annual “Night Under the Stars” music festival. The school uses the event to showcase its various music programs, to give local performers a musical venue, and to raise money for needed instruments and uniforms. Pine View Middle Music Director Amarilys Barbosa … [Read more...]

Band has big dreams and bold ambitions

They haven’t had many big gigs yet, but the band that calls itself Beyond Chaotic hopes that will change soon. In fact, the six-member band is planning to travel to Orlando next month to audition for “America’s Got Talent.” Band members say they know it’s a big stage, and they admit they’re a bit nervous, but they want to go for it. After all, they’re trying to build their fan … [Read more...]