The City of Eustis is gearing up to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday during its annual three-day GeorgeFest event kicking off on February 21 and continuing through February 23. This year marks the 118th time the city will gather its community, neighboring cities and visitors from all over to honor our nation’s first president. Eustis' GeorgeFest is the longest running celebration of its kind in Florida and the 2nd longest running in the entire country.
This year’s Sunday musical headliner is the iconic Blood Sweat & Tears (BS & T). The Grammy-winning band will perform for free on February 23 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Historic Alice B. McClelland Bandshell in downtown’s Ferran Park
Blood Sweat & Tears is known for their Seventies fused rock and jazz sound that included a talented horn section. In 1970, the band beat out the Beatles’ "Abby Road”album to take home the “Album of the Year” Grammy. They also won 3 out of 10 Grammy nominations and their album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Over the decades, more than 175 musicians have joined various iterations of the band, according to BS & T’s website.
GeorgeFest is held in historic downtown Eustis and features a carnival, pig races, a bass tournament, live music, food, vendors and other activities. Fireworks will light-up the sky on Friday night in Ferran Park starting at 9 p.m. followed by George Washington’s Birthday Celebration Parade and Dog Jog on Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m.
Additional GeorgeFest entertainment on the schedule includes: Acrobatrix, Brittany Sparkles, Chad Gainey Chainsaw Sculpture, Family Martial Arts Center, Fat City Band, George Gilbert Show, Knockout Wrestling, Hambone Express 3, Nick Sharpe, Rafael’s Magic, Remedy Tree, Southern Chaos, Wacky Chad, World Stage Productions.
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