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Sebring's Roaring 20s Festival returns to roots

SEBRING - Organizers are trying this year to put the 1920s back into the Roaring 20s Festival.

Casey Wohl, who developed plans along with Lora Todd for the event, said this will be the 31st year for it.

Wohl said she believes that during the early years of the festival people would dress in 1920s attire and it was heavily connected to that theme.

But,she said, over the years it became largely a one-day art festival with little connection to the original theme.

But, this year, she said, they've made it a two-day festival, Friday evening and Saturday.

On Friday evening, she said, the Bootleggers Ball will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sebring Civic Center. Attendees are encourage to dress in 1920s style, she said.

The Bootleggers Ball will include music from The Mudflappers, an Orlando-based folk band. The Mudflappers performances includes Prohibition-era jazz that might have been experienced at a speakeasy.

The Mudflappers also will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Circle Park on Saturday.

The name of the ball is in recognition of the Prohibition era during the 1920s when alcohol could not be sold.

Wohl said she hopes that during future years of the festival, the roaring '20s theme can be expanded upon. Possibilities include a Great Gatsby party and movies with '20s theme at the Circle Theatre, she added.

On Saturday, the festival, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include various artists displaying and selling art, as well as food vendors.

One of the more unique items on display will be artistic night lights made out recycled beer bottles.

Danny Wilde of Lakeland said he cuts the back off of the bottle and then creates a hole through the bottom. Then the light is placed inside the bottle, he said.

Kathy Dowell read about the festival and decided to travel from Virginia to display her art. She said she creates jewelry, scarves, earrings and lockets.

Dowell said she liked the idea of displaying art in a small town.

Cindy Rose of Sebring plans to display her nature and landscape photography. She said she's been doing that for 10 years.

'I'm told that I shoot from the heart," she said.

Admission to the art show and Saturday's performance by The MudFlappers is free. Tickets to the ball cost $35 in advance or $45 at the door.

Tickets are available at Dogtown USA, Highlands Little Theatre, GB's Formal Wear and Heartland Real Estate Corp.


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