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A festival fit for 40 years

The Town 'N Country homeowners association pulls out all the stops for a daylong party marking it's 40th anniversary.

By JANE BOKUN

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


TOWN 'N COUNTRY -- In 40 years of service, members of the Town 'N Country Park Home Owners Civic Association Inc. have learned many things, not the least of which is how to throw a good party.

And that's what the group plans to do Saturday at Jackson Springs Park.

The area's oldest neighborhood association will throw a daylong wingding, lasting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to mark its 40th anniversary, paid for with $20,000 in donations.

"I personally believe it will be an excellent thing," said Stan Krick, who has lived in the area since 1958.

The event, which will not charge admission, features games, clowns, face painting, prizes, live music and an old-fashioned picnic.

Movie passes, stuffed animals, beanie babies and slinkies will be given away, and there will be chances to win bicycles, tickets to MOSI, Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium, restaurant coupons and a CD player.

Activities include basketball, sack races, tug-o-war and spoon races, a rock-climbing wall and a moon walk. Home-grown plants will be on sale and volunteers will receive T-shirts.

Hot dogs and hamburgers, snow cones and cotton candy will be available for purchase. The Satellites, a five-piece dance band, will provide live entertainment, as will the Town 'N Country Happy Hoofers.

Local merchants and the Hillsborough County Children's Board were among those who raised money for the event.

"The local government has county grants for different functions and they gave us a grant because our whole party is for the children," Krick said. Ryan's Steakhouse and Skate World also contributed.

But the civic association provided the greatest share of money, raising funds by selling a meeting hall that had been donated years ago by developer Jim Shimberg.

"It was great when it was new, but as it got older we couldn't find anybody to keep it clean, so we sold it and put the money into guaranteed funds," Krick said.

The association has more than 400 local members who pay dues of $10 per year per family. Over the years the group has lobbied for causes that include a six-lane highway at Hillsborough Avenue, several local stop lights and the Jackson Springs Recreation Center.

To learn more:

Jackson Springs Park is at Jackson Springs Boulevard and Sheldon Road in Town 'N Country. For more information about the 40th Anniversary Free Family Festival or to volunteer your time, call Fran Gamester at (813) 884-3462.

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