Sunshine Festival Celebrates Florida History
OCALA- Ocala residents enjoyed some of what Florida has to offer Sunday at the first-ever Florida Sunshine Festival. The two day event celebrated the sunshine states history and agriculture.
There were about 35 local vendors and story tellers offered tales of how Florida got started. The event's goal was to show visitors there's more to the sunshine state than its most well-known tourist attractions.
Florida Expo Services President Liz Otts said, "People just don't understand that Florida has a lot of different cultures. It's not just Disney, it's not just oranges. It's about a lot of different things and one of the really major components that I think is missing from our kids is the Florida history."
Next year organizers plan to expand the event to include more tourism and agriculture vendors. A portion of the money raised will go to the Florida Agriculture Center and Horse Park where the event was held.
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