Welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and children of all ages to the 2005 Springs River Festival. Do we have an event this year?
Someone once said change is good and this certainly applies to our 31st annual Festival. Our hard-working Festival Committee is proud to present this year a very special and colorful Children’s World.
You’ll be treated to a whole new look. A very special atmosphere of rides that spin, turn, go up and down, in and out, all over the place. You won’t believe your eyes when you visit Children’s World - or should I say “Fun World” for “kids” of all ages.
And, because 14 amusement rides do not fit in the Curtiss Parkway median strip, look for the huge Ferris Wheel and the Haunted House in the parking lot of Holleman’s Restaurant. You will have a great view of our historic Springs bridges from high atop the “wheel.”
The new blends in the old as all your favorite foods and drinks return along Canal Street. Speaking of Canal Street, be sure to visit the Community Tent featuring exciting and varied music for the younger set. I’m told a new and improved sound system will delight your ears.
The “tent” also presents exciting dancing, plays, and even a piano recital on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday at 2 PM Dr. Tom Campbell brings us the popular and entertaining Dog and Cat Show - a Festival favorite.
Althouth the Festival opens at 11:00 Saturday, I invite you to be on hand for the inaugural Springs River Festival Cycling Classic at 8:00 AM. At this time, through the streets of Miami Springs you’ll see bicycles racing by at a pretty “healthy” speed. (See race route on “Cycling Classic” page). Over 200 bicyclists will take part in the sanctioned event.
Throughout the day and evening the Festival Stage on the Circle will be turning out great musical sounds.
Entertainment Director Denise Fredericks promises outstanding preformances from the likes of Mr. Ree, Amy Carol Webb, the Eddie Guerra Show with the Kenote Band, Room Service, Coyote Band, Miami’s Soul Man Bobby Stringer, plus many other wonderful entertainers.
Let us not forget the ever-popular Cake Bake Off on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday at 2 PM it’s the Chili Showdown with special guest Rick Shaw from Majic 102.7. In this event, proceeds benefit the Majic Children’s Fund.
The Festival is not complete without our raffle of 30 prizes. Also, a spectacular silent auction will take place. Sign up at the welcome booth staffed by our two favorite ladies, Betty DuBois and Margaret Tyler. For all of our youth age groups we have art, writing and chess contests.
Please remember our souvenir T-shirt. The special design this year is by 7-year-old Gunnar Kortenbach of Miami Springs. Thanks, Gunnar for your good work!
Well, there you have 2 1/2 days of the “old” and the “new.” Come on out and enjoy a great weekend. See your old friends and make new friends.
In closing, please allow me this opportunity to say a special “thank you” to our hardworking Festival Committee and volunteers, my wife Rhonda, the Miami Springs Public Works Department, the Miami Springs Police Department, City Manager Jim Borgmann, the Race Cycling Committee, the wonderful crew from Southeast Amusements and to Darwin Fuchs, Director of the Miami-Dade County Fair and Expo for helping us to make this the biggest little fair in South Florida.
This Festival happens because of the hard work of the above mentioned. A special thanks also goes to you, our Patrons.
I wish you a wonderful time at the 2005 Springs River Festival.