3rd Annual Old Florida Festival March 7th 2020 from 11-5pm. 3 premier Old Florida music acts. From Gainesville is “Cracker the Box”; Don Blitch,. From South Florida comes the Miami News Times “Best Acoustic Performer”; Grant Livingston. And from Indiantown, the Swamp trompin Johnny Debt Prestage! Special displays and programs include Gator Bill Robb of Titusville, Florida Cracker critter exhibit and petting zoo by Farmer Shiela McMann of Hunny's Funny Farms in Vero, ACE Ranch from Palm City with ranch animals, roping and whip demonstrations, Merritt Island's own 2016 & 2019 Royal Palm Literary Award finalist author Sarah Younger, the Tropical Trekkers Chapter of the Florida Trail Association, Old Florida Art & Craft area, and Old Florida vittles by Creative Chef Brian Peffer. All helps benefit the Indian River County Historical Society, who will be donned in pioneer period garb and have a display as well.
When : 11-5 pm
Get up close with long time Alligator trapper “Gator” Bill Robb and his menagerie of non-venomous Florida snakes, turtles, and of course Gators! Visit him throughout the day or attend one of his demonstration programs at 1, 2 and 3pm. “Bill catches with grace, anything that ever walked, crawled, swam or flew in Florida. His teaching skills of Florida Wildlife and the environment are unmatched,” Tony Puma.
Visit Vero Farmer Sheila McMann at her Hunny's Funny Farms Cracker style petting zoo of Old Florida pioneer farm critters, with many native species like a rare Old Florida Cracker Cow! She will have treats so guests can feed animals, hay and corral - all with zookeepers to supervise and educate and plenty of hand-sanitizer!
The Albright family’s ACE Ranch will be bringing friendly horses and other farm animals, a cow dog, and offering rope and whip demonstrations throughout the day. You can even try your hand at the interacting roping display!
Sarah Younger is a Florida native whose ancestors settled Florida right after the Civil War, of which their experiences and adventures she writes about in intimate, vivid and spellbinding detail in her books Bend in the Straight and Narrow and Ye Who Are Weary Come Home. Sarah will talk about and sign her books, as well as have pictures of her pioneer family to help bring her book’s characters to life. “If you like A Land Remembered, you will love Sarah’s books as much as I did!”, Gary Roberts. Sarah’s programs will be at 1, 2 and 3pm.
The music stage schedule rotates artists throughout the day with each artist performing twice and a who-knows-what-will-happen finally. Don Blitch opens the festivities at 11 am and plays again at 2pm. Don plays Folk and Old Time Festivals all over and is known for his songs derived from experiences from being raised in an Old Florida family; like Troutline, Deep River Blues, and Morning Dews all in the old busker fashion of playing several instruments at one time.
At noon and again at 3pm is Grant Livingston; who is on Broward & Palm Beach Times Top 10 Greatest South Florida Folk Singers of All Time, with the likes of legends Jimmy Buffet, Dion Dimucci, Gamble Rogers, Fred Neil and Vince Martin. “Grant Livingston embodies the very spirit that created Florida”, Florida Living Magazine. Grant is a perennial favorite at all the best Florida Folks Festivals and now that list includes Summer Crush!
At 1 and 4pm comes the Hobo-Nouveau-Florida-Swamp-One-Bum-Band that is better known as Johnny Debt Prestage! Johnny’s songs include tinges of personal hardships and of course his deep love for the crazy state of Florida. His over 100 personally penned songs were inspired by his affection for area history and living the life of a down-and-out-country –boy. And at 5pm Don and Grant join Johnny for a; who-knows-what-will-happen session!
In addition the IRC Historical Society will also be on hand sharing local history. www.irchistorical.org Helping support the day’s charity could win you 2 tickets to a Summer Crush 2020 concert!
Old Florida food fare highlights the day, as well, with classics like Gator, Frog Legs, Catfish, Wild Hog, Corn on the Cob, Collards, and of course Swamp Cabbage and more! Food is not included in the ticket price. Summer Crush will have their handcrafted award-winning Old Florida Muscadine wines, as well as other popular beverages like; wine Slushees, Sangria, Mocktails, as well as over 25 local microbrew and select beers and ciders.
As with all our events: No off-premise coolers, food, or beverages are allowed. We will have everything you need, including free ice and water. Also, a No Tailgating policy is strictly enforced.
There are several other fun things to do like a wine tasting in the winery tasting room, browsing the unique gift shop, and lots of games like; 9 hole disc golf course through the vineyard, giant lawn checkers, giant 4 in a row, lawn shuffleboard, giant Jenga, several corn hole games, hula hoops and more.
Tickets are only $8 through January 24th 2020, $9 through February 21st, 2020. $10 through March 6th 2020. And day-of admission is $12. So get yours now and save! A portion of every ticket goes to the charity partners for the day: IRC Historical Society.
The event is rain or shine in our large covered pavilion with roll down vinyl sides. If there is a dangerous thunderstorm the show may be delayed and resumed when the weather passes, but not canceled.
For those who will be coming from out of town, our Host Hotel is the Holiday Inn Express West in Fort Pierce, conveniently located between I-95 and Florida Turnpike exits in Ft Pierce at 7151 Okeechobee Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34945. It is only 8 minutes from the winery and as our Host Hotel partner, they will be offering significant discounts to customers who mention Summer Crush Winery when making their reservations. For blocks of rooms of 10 or more made at one time, be sure to ask about possible deeper discounts. Reservations can be made by calling 772 464 5000.
If you have a fully contained RV, you can stay with us right here on the winery property by joining Harvest Hosts (www.harvesthosts.com), a great program that allows you to stay at wineries and farms all over the country. We will have limited spaces so call to reserve yours early.
Summer Crush Winery is a certified Florida Farm Winery handcrafting award-winning wines at 4200 Johnston Road in Fort Pierce Florida. Open Tuesday through Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 11am-6pm and every Sunday music and food events are held from noon–5pm. 772 460 0500. www.summercrushwine.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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