Swamp Fest enjoys nice weather, good crowds

It wasn’t just fun and games at the 11th annual Swamp Fest in Land O’ Lakes. There was music, food, rides and entertainment, too. “It was incredible weather. We had good crowds,” said Doug Hutchinson, festival coordinator. “Friday night and Saturday night were incredibly busy, and Sunday was very busy,” he said. The crowds were so large, the main parking area was filled at Land O’ … [Read more...]

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...]

Top moments in sports during 2018

Teams captured state titles and local athletes turned in outstanding performances, during a year that brought shining moments and lasting memories. Here are some of the highlights, from across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area: USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel Just days after celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes High honors ‘Voice of the Gators’

For Land O’ Lakes High School, this year’s ‘Butter Bowl’ will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. That’s when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime … [Read more...]

Swamp Fest returns, and so does the fun

This weekend's Swamp Fest has actually been two years in the making. But the organizers weren't behind schedule. The event had to skip a year because of renovations underway at Land O' Lakes Community Park, 5401 Land O' Lanes Blvd. That $2.4 million project is now complete and the park is ready for Swamp Fest again, which will be held Oct. 30 through Nov.1. This year, the festival … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival

For nearly 30 years, Mark Ballard had a routine when it came to the Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival. “The kids would go to eat the pancakes in the morning, then we would go and spend pretty much all day on the rides,” he said. “Then we could go home and come back again at night.” Ballard lives on what was once the festival’s parade route, and he would take his children — and later his … [Read more...]