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Family Fun Festival forced to move

With no dates available at Moton Center, its traditional site, the event's planners shift Saturday's festival to the Jerome Brown Center.

By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


BROOKSVILLE -- After a decade at the Robert R. Moton Early Intervention Center, Saturday's annual Community & Family Fun Festival is moving to the Jerome Brown Community Center.

Event organizer Lenore Zulaus said the planning committee was forced to move the event when no dates were available at the Moton Center.

"Actually, though, we're hoping the change will work out better," she said. "There are a lot of positives at the new place."

Among the benefits, she said, are shade and air-conditioned indoor areas.

"It's a lot easier to get volunteers when they know they'll be inside," Zulaus said. "It always seems to be hotter than Hades on the day of the event."

Among the indoor activities will be "make and take" booths where children can finger-paint, make fan necklaces and participate in other craft projects.

The event is part of the Week of the Young Child, organized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Its goal is to promote family interaction and community involvement.

Organizers say it is a time when families can enjoy a day without concern for their wallets. There is no admission charge, and hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy and soda will be sold for 25 cents.

Nearly 100 community groups and businesses have come together for the event, Zulaus said. Highlights of the festival will include free pony rides, clowns, children's games, moon walks, a petting zoo and music.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jerome Brown Community Center, 301 Darby Lane, across from Tom Varn Park, Brooksville. For information, call 754-5068.

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