Eustis is busy preparing for its biggest street party of the year, GeorgeFest. The family-friendly event, now in its 115th year, is the longest running festival in Florida celebrating Washington’s birthday. In fact, in all 50 states, it’s second in longevity only to Laredo, Texas. The festival will take place February 24 through February 26 in Ferran Park and downtown Eustis with the theme “One Flag, One Land, One Heart."
GeorgeFest carnival area in downtown Eustis. (Photo by Trish Morgan)
The three-day event will feature live entertainment, carnival rides, children's activities, games, hot air balloon rides and seaplane rides. There will also be a parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, and food vendors throughout the park.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 25, and boasts over eighty entries, including the Eustis marching band and a Blues Brothers Tribute band. GeorgeFest will host eight different bands performing on two stages showcasing country music and rock, as well as original music. For more events and news in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, download the area's free mobile app. Free subscriptions to the monthly issue of Mount Dora Buzz are available here.
Tomorrow Eustis hosts its 24th annual African-American Heritage Parade and Festival. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Prescott Street. The parade route will continue on to Bates Avenue and then onto Wall Street. turning left on Dixie Avenue to end at Eustis High School Curtright Campus.
The festival will begin at the end of the parade at the field behind Curtright Campus and end at 5 p.m.