Award-winning poster promoting the 2000 Apopka Festival by Cherie Michaud, 5th grader at Rock Springs Elementary School.
Apopka Art and Foliage Festival
This major community festival, attracting 25,000 visitors annually,
began as a small club event in 1961. Each year, the Apopka Woman's
Club has sponsored the event. Held at the Kit Land Nelson Park, the
festival in 2000 showcased the work of 150 artisans and crafters,
and the top foliage growers from Central Florida, who competed for
ribbons and prizes. Entertainment was provided by local schools,
church, and community groups. Among the most popular events each
year are the local nursery tours, which provide a first-hand look
at the foliage industry. The foliage and blooming plants are
available for purchase from the nurseries that have made Apopka the
"Indoor Foliage Capital of the World."
The Apopka Woman's Club, which was chartered in 1957,
provides members with opportunities to develop skills and talents,
and to participate in programs that benefit the community. The club
has donated thousands of dollars and work hours to the community.
Its fundraisers benefit schools, homeless shelters, community
health centers, senior citizens, the Habitat for Humanity, and the
Documentation includes a three-page text describing
the 1998 festival and its sponsor; a newspaper article and a
Originally submitted by: John L. Mica, Representative (7th District).
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