KISSIMMEE, FL – March 2013. The Kissimmee Main Street organization launches its spring events with its annual Kowtown Festival. The festival is a celebration of Kissimmee’s birthday, which turned 130 this year.
The organization serves the local community to preserve and enhance Historic Downtown Kissimmee for the enrichment of the present and future generations. It works hard to promote and enhance art and culture, serving both visitors and residents. The organization also takes great care in making the area‘s existing historic commercial and residential structure remain economically viable through preservation and restoration.
The festival featured its annual BBQ competition, hot dog, eating contest, live music, Kid’s Zone, craft vendors, food and of course Kissimmee’s birthday cake. While local residents enjoyed the food and drink available many vendors were not as pleased. Several believed the turnout was much smaller than year’s past. Other’s believed the outpouring of support was due to the election campaign tents, which lined the streets last year.
“This was not a good showing for us,” says Rich Weaver of Ye Old Spoon Jewelry “We spend a lot of time and money for this event and I believe it will be a loss for us this year because people are browsing – not buying.”
KISSIMMEE, FL – Over 200 people attended this year’s Dine with the Departed fundraising event hosted by Osceola County Historical Society. This unique venue includes a three-course dinner, complete with live music, silent auctions and a lantern led tour– all taking place on the hallowed ground of Rose Hill Cemetery. “Dine with the Departed brings past residents to life so modern day people can ‘meet’ them, get to know them better and learn what they have done for our community” Executive Director Donnita Dampier explains. Founded in 1949, the Osceola Historical Society mission was to preserve the county’s rich cultural history in order to share it with others. It is a combination of volunteers and generosity that helps the organization thrive. A total of six gravesites are visited a politician, author, schoolteacher, botanist and bounty hunter. Live actors portray the deceased, bringing their colorful stories to life. Local eateries donated dishes, while No Secrets Bar B Que donated their time, and steaks for the event. Appreciation and interest has grown considerably since the dinner’s inception. The guest list has grown and for the first time this year, corporate sponsorship was introduced. The end result – a sold out event that raised 6,000 for the society’s future endeavors. http://youtu.be/ZDNeBotVN1Q