Monday, April 14, 2014

Revamped Florida Ice Cream Festival Attendance Down: SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (KLAL)

The revamped Florida Ice Cream Festival, held Saturday and Sunday at the Sun 'n Fun site at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, showcased bands, eating competitions and ice cream vendors from around the state.

The two-day event drew about 24,000 people, which is about 6,000 fewer than last year's one-day event at Joker Marchant Stadium, said John Santarpia, president of one of the sponsors, Magnify Life Foundation.

He said 3,000 vehicles paid to park for the event and admission was $3.

The money raised will fund the TrueWealth-KIDS program, which teaches Polk County fifth-graders financial literacy, he said, and all extra money will go to the Central Florida Aerospace Academy.