SEBRING — Linda Crowder, the executive director of the Children’s Museum of the Highlands, doesn’t drink beer. And until last year she had never attended a craft beer festival.
But that partly changed because she was looking for a fundraiser for the museum.
“I was looking for a fundraiser that would be attended by young adults and I have grown children who go to various craft beer festivals,” she said.
So, she said, she attended one and thought it would be a nice event for Sebring.
And last year’s event far surpassed her expectations that they will hold another one this year called “2nd Round of Beer.”
Crowder said that last year they only planned for 300 attendees. Once 300 tickets were sold they had to turn people away, she said.
This year, the event is planned for 500 people.
The 2nd Round of Beer Festival will be held Sept. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the downtown Circle. More than 30 different beers from a variety of brewers will be available, as well as food. Tickets will cost $25 and include samplings of beer and food. For designated drivers, tickets will cost $15 and include food samples and soft drinks.
Additionally, people can preorder and buy commemorative T-shirts for $15.
Crowder said this year’s event will feature more beer from a larger variety of craft brewers. Selections will include Black Cherry Ale and Hoptical Illusion.
Some of the featured beers are made in Florida, but “there’s some from all over the country,” she said.
Long Shot will provide entertainment.
Crowder said proceeds from the event will benefit the museum to help with operating costs. She said they hope to raise $10,000 this year.