Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sugar Festival Events Today And Tomorrow

CLEWISTON, FL. – America’s sweetest town will host the annual Clewiston Sugar Festival Friday and Saturday, a free event featuring celebrity dessert chef Johnny Iuzzini, musical guests Gary Allan, Chase Bryant and Eric Paslay, and family-friendly activities.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Civic Park, on U.S. Hwy 27 in Clewiston and events throughout the day Friday. See the schedule above (click to see larger version) Admission is free.

Now in its 30th year, the Clewiston Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and sugar’s important economic impact on Glades area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. This year’s presenting sponsor is U.S. Sugar, a Florida pioneer in the sustainable farming and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn.

The event will include a Sweet Taste of Clewiston contest for best desserts with celebrity pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, judge of the reality TV show Top Chef: Just Desserts and author of Sugar Rush. Performing on the main stage will be country music stars Gary Allan, Chase Bryant and Eric Paslay, along with the South Florida classic rock group Sierra Band and Clewiston’s own YourDesign.

The festival will feature appearances by Miss Sugar 2016 Vivian Haney, Junior Miss Sugar Jennah Hernandez and Little Miss Sugar Jade Potter. Other activities include a vintage tractor display, a kids’ park with games and inflatable jump houses, a Big Lake Cruisers Rod Run, wildlife show, gator wrestling, Lake O tours, a variety of delicious food vendors, and arts and crafts booths. Also on the schedule are a Sugar Fest 5K run by Cross Training Ministries and tennis, basketball and horseshoe/cornhole tournaments.

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