The Clewiston Sugar Festival returns Friday, March 17, and runs through Saturday, March 18, in and around Civic Park at 106 W. ...
CLEWISTON -- The Clewiston Sugar Festival returns Friday, March 17, and runs through Saturday, March 18, in and around Civic Park at 106 W. Osceola Ave., in Clewiston.
This year the musical review features six bands. Two will perform at the Friday Night Kickoff concert, according to Festival Director Julia du Plooy: Saved by the 90s and Blackwater Sound, a local rock cover band.
The Saturday lineup has four national bands including headliner Lee Brice, openers Ian Munsick and Ashland Craft and special guest Grand Frunk Railroad.
Thanks to generous sponsors, the event is free and open to the public. This year’s sponsors include US Sugar, FPL, HE Hill Foundation, United Sugars, Clyde Johnson Contracting & Roofing, Inc., Helena, City of Clewiston, the Hendry County Tourist Development Council, Doodie Calls, Kelly Tractor, Seacoast Bank, Hampton Inn by Hilton, Hilliard Brothers of Florida LLLP, FirstBank, Howell Oil, K & M Drugs, Nisbet Enterprises and Everglades Equipment Group.
So far, about 45 food vendors, 30 information vendors and 60 retail vendors will participate in the event.
The festival does not raffle any prizes but in the US Sugar tent always have awesome giveaways and raffles going on, du Plooy said.
“Out of all of the festivals held throughout Florida it is the sweetest family event you will find,” she said. “And certainly the most affordable (free parking, free entertainment, free kids park), because all you have to pay for is food, drinks, and any mementos you want to take home to commemorate your day in Americas Sweetest Town.”
Friday March 17th
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rotary Luncheon at Clewiston Library Parking Lot
5:30 p.m. Kids Park Opens at Kids Park
6 p.m. Blackwater Sound (opener) at the Main Stage
7 p.m. Saved by the 90s at the Main Stage
9 p.m. Kids Park Closes at Kids Park
9 p.m. Fireworks at the Main Stage
Saturday March 18th (*all set times subject to change)
8 a.m. 5k Race at the Main Stage
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Celebration Singers, Sugar Dolls, Country Rhythm Cloggers, Incubate Debate at the Community Stage
10 a.m. Kids Park Open at Kids Park
11a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tractor Crank Up Session at Old Town
11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Gator Show at Library Park
5 p.m. Kids Park Closes at Kids Park
12 noon Opening Ceremony at the Main Stage
Ashland Craft at the Main Stage
Grand Funk Railroad the Main Stage
Ian Munsick at the Main Stage
Lee Brice at Main Stage
Visit https://www.clewistonsugarfestival.com/ for the most up-to-date set times
A free public parking lot is available at 339 E Esperanza Ave., Clewiston
ADDITIONAL FESTIVAL EVENTS
Sunday, March, 12th
Sweet Taste Baking Competition at the Clewiston Youth Center
Tuesday March 14th
Honoree Luncheon (Celebrating Robert & Barbara Buker)
Thursday March 16th
Celebrity Softball Tournament
6 p.m. at Clewiston High School Baseball Fields