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Got caladiums?

— Classic cars, airboats, swamp buggies, wine tastings, a beer garden, a 5K race and yes, the Mountain Dew Cloggers.

It’s the 24th annual Caladium Festival, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at Lake Placid’s DeVane Park.

Bulbs and potted plants are available from Happiness Farms and Bates Sons & Daughters.

This year 18 varieties of caladium bulbs will be available for purchase at $5 a bag.

There will also be 18 varieties of potted plants available for purchase in 6-inch pots, 10-inch hanging pots and 14-inch pots.

An estimated 171 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will rev up the 18th annual Car & Bike Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in DeVane Park. The event will take place rain or shine. Spectator admission is free.

Deejay Tim Warnke will play rock ’n’ roll from the 50s and 60s.

According to Larson, last year’s 50/50 winner won $600, and tickets to the 12 Hours of Sebring were given away.

For more information, call (863) 465-4331.

The third annual Airboat & Swamp Buggy Show is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in DeVane Park.

Event coordinator Donald Clarke said contacts have been made across South Florida, so this year’s show is expected to be larger than the previous two years. Entries will be judged by 1 p.m.

For more information, call (863) 385-6625.

STR8UP, a non-profit, non-denominational youth group from Lake Placid, will be cooking, serving and cleaning up. A shade tent is set up for diners.

For more information, visit www.visitlakeplacidflorida.com, email chamber@lpfla.com, or call (863) 465-4331.

Here is a sampling of things to do at this year’s festival:


Forty-five murals grace buildings throughout Lake Placid. Trash containers are also decorated. See the Mural Gallery, which houses original renderings, and watch a short video of the murals’ history at the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce office. Free.

More info: 414-2394.


Food and arts and crafts booths will be set up near Stuart Park, along Pine Avenue, and on Interlake Boulevard. Downtown restaurants may also open.


Bates Sons & Daughters will sell caladium plants; Happiness Farms will sell caladium bulbs. Their booths will be next to the entertainment pavilion.


Henscratch Farms will offer wine tastings all three days near the entertainment pavilion in Stuart Park.


The Caladium Festival will have a designated area for beer sales. The restricted area is sponsored by the Lake Placid Jaycees and will be located at their booth in Stuart Park.

Wristbands will be provided with the presentation of valid identification.

The Jaycees are working with Budweiser, and a variety of beers will be available.


The Depot Historical Museum is located at 12 Park St. The museum offers visitors a display of historical furnishings, photos, documents, clothing, tools, lanterns, turpentine industry equipment, a switchboard and linotype machine. The grounds also feature a 1929 steam engine, a 1920s-era jail and a caboose. Free.

More info: 465-1771.


The Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Caladium Festival Design Competition at the Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-Operative, 132 E. Interlake Blvd. Caladium floral arrangements will be shown each day of the festival. Designs must be cut fresh flowers with at least 80 percent caladiums. Ribbons and prizes awarded.

More info: Sharon at 531-0060 or Nina at 585-2494, or email sharonjdiaz@hotmail.com.


See caladium fields and meet the growers. $10 per person.

Friday: 9:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 10 a.m. (handicapped accessible); 10:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. (handicapped accessible); 11:45 a.m.; noon; 12:45 p.m. (handicapped accessible); 1 p.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.

Saturday: 9:15 a.m.; 9:30 a.m.; 9:45 a.m.; 10 a.m. (handicapped accessible); 10:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 11:15 a.m. (handicapped accessible); 11:45 a.m.; noon; 12:15 p.m.; 12:45 p.m. (handicapped accessible); 1 p.m.; 1:15 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 2 p.m. (handicapped accessible); 2:15 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.; 10:30 a.m. (handicapped accessible); 11:15 a.m.; 12:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. (handicapped accessible); 1:45 p.m.

Tours leave from the Lake Placid Women’s Club, 10 N. Main Ave. Buses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline for advanced reservations: Noon Thursday.

More info: 465-4331.


Toby’s Clown Museum, 109 W. Interlake Blvd. Learn about clowns and the community involvement of the Toby the Clown Foundation Inc. Clowns will also be roaming the event to amuse festival goers. Free.

More info: 465-2920.


The Dr. Tom Caladium 5K Pre-race dinner will be 4-6:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 118 N. Oak Ave. Cost: $8. The concert will follow at 7 p.m. Spaghetti dinner with entertainment raises funds for local charities, including Samaritan’s Touch Care Center and NU-HOPE Elder Care Services.

More info: 465-2742.


The 11th annual Dr. Tom McDonald Caladium 5K will take place Saturday. Entry fee: $30. First 150 paid entries will receive a Dri-fit race T-shirt. Registration closes at 7 a.m. Race starts at 7:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 118 N. Oak Ave.

More info: 465-2742.


The 18th annual Caladium Festival Car and Bike Show is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at DeVane Park. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and closes at noon.

The entry fee is $15 through noon Friday; $20 the day of the event. Dash plaques will be given to the first 100 registered vehicles. The awards presentation is at 2 p.m. The top three vehicles in each class will receive awards. There will be live music, food, and a 50/50 raffle. The event will take place rain or shine. Spectator admission is free.

More info: 465-4331.


Saturday at the Elks Lodge from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost is $10. Must be 21 or older to attend. Live entertainment provided by the Shannon Reed Band. The Elks Lodge is located at 200 County Road 621 E.


The third annual Airboat and Swamp Buggy Show is Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in DeVane Park. It will feature airboats, swamp buggies, personal watercrafts and boats. Spectator admission is free.

Registration to enter the show is 7-9 a.m. and there is no registration fee. Judging is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. First, second and third prizes will be awarded to airboats and to swamp buggies. Trophy winners will be announced at 1 p.m.

More info: 441-1289.

Caladium Festival schedule


Master of ceremonies: Marti Capodiferro

9:55 a.m. National anthem: Marti Capodiferro

10 a.m. Nala Price and Sydni Hornick

10:20 a.m. Sharon English

10:40 a.m. SwampGrass Tunes

11:10 a.m. Music for the Soul

11:35 a.m. The New Floridians

12:05 p.m. Marti Capodiferro

12:30 p.m. Classic Country Band

1:30 p.m. Fire ’N Steel Band

2:15 p.m. Medley of music

4 p.m. Festival closes


Master of ceremonies: Don Elwell

9:45 a.m. National anthem: Nala Price

9:50 a.m. Nala Price and Sydni Hornick

10:05 a.m. Mountain Dew Cloggers

10:20 a.m. Lake Placid High School Junior Varsity Cheerleaders

10:35 a.m. Mountain Dew Cloggers

10:45 a.m. Showtime Cloggers

11:05 a.m. The New Floridians

11:30 a.m. Julie and Becca Temple

Noon Nancy Stacy Rector

12:15 p.m. Young Artists String Orchestra, conducted by Peggy Essex-Klammer

12:35 p.m. Marti Capodiferro

1 p.m. RedNeck Joe Band

1:45 p.m. SwampGrass Tunes

2:15 p.m. Rock N’ Roll Twins

2:30 p.m. Medley of music

4 p.m. Festival closes


Master of ceremonies: Marlene Barger

10:55 a.m. National anthem: Richard Joynes

11 a.m. Sharon English

11:30 a.m. Nala Price

Noon The New Floridians

12:30 p.m. Medley of music

3 p.m. Festival closes