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WINTER HAVEN FARMERS MARKET OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING 

Feb. 1, 9am-1pm next to Grove Roots in the BB&T Bank lot on the NE corner of Third St. & Ave. C SW in downtown Winter Haven.  Celebrate the official ribbon cutting and grand opening of this weekly market.  Shop from a variety of farmers, artisan food vendors, plants, and a sprinkling of crafts. Enjoy live music, “ready-to-eat” foods with plenty of tables to eat and socialize at.  Market is weekly until May 16th.  More info FB@winterhavenfarmersmarket or at winterhavenfarmersmarket.com


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SPRING BLOOM AT PINEWOOD ESTATE 

Feb. 1 through March 31 at Bok Tower Gardens Pinewood Estate.  “Gilding the lily” of Central Florida’s most beautiful estate, experience Pinewood Estate in full bloom with fresh floral displays throughout each of the 20 magnificent rooms. Days & hours vary.  Tickets are available for purchase online or in person at the Visitor Center or by phone at boktowergardens.org 863-734-1222.


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SMOKE ON THE WATER 

Feb. 7 & 8 at 2400 Havendale Blvd. NW, Winter Haven.  This annual BBQ competition is a Florida BBQ Association State Championship. Funds raised benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Polk County.  More than 80 teams from across the country will compete. Start the party early and come for BBQ on Friday, February 7th at 6:00pm. The official festivities kick off at 10:00 am on Saturday.  Enjoy live music both days.  bgcpolk.org/smoke-on-the-water-2020


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COLOR THE TRAIL 5K: THE HUNT FOR SASQUATCH 

Feb. 8, 7am at Bone Valley ATV Park in Mulberry.  Legend has it, Sasquatch has been lurking in the woods. This mysterious creature has set up traps full of color to distract all humans from finding him (or her)!  Participants will enjoy a fun and adventurous run that features 3.1 miles of uneven terrain and blasts of color along the way. This event will be timed by FITniche and will end with an awards ceremony for various age groups.  Register online fitniche.com


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1 BILLION RISING POLK COUNTY: RED HAUTE YOGA 

Feb. 9 from 1:30-2:30pm at Inside Out Yoga in Winter Haven. This all-levels class will provide an opportunity for breathing, asana and finish in meditation. Wear your favorite RED haute couture and come together in community and support the end of violence against all women and girls! (this is NOT hot yoga)  A portion of studio proceeds and 100% of all cash donations collected go to the local benefactor doing anti-violence work for rape crisis centers and domestic violence, The Red Tent Initiative. $15 863-224-2311  ioyogastudio.com


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ROLLER DERBY OPEN RECRUITMENT 

Feb. 13, 7pm at Swan Brewing in Lakeland.  Wanna be a part of the most badass sport in Lakeland? Come for a meet-and-greet with the Swan City Roller Derby Team. There’s no previous skating experience necessary!  They will have gear to try on, and answers to all roller derby related questions!  This is a great way to work out, make new friends, relieve stress, and feel a sense of accomplishment! The league is an inclusive environment.  Flat-track roller derby is a fast-growing sport for people of all ages and body types. swancityrollerderby.com


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ELIZABETH COOK 

Feb. 16, 7pm at Gram Parsons Derry Down in Winter Haven.  Country singer/songwriter Elizabeth Cook made her Grand Ole Opry debut on March 17, 2000, appearing repeatedly thereafter.  She has a clear, beautiful voice, strong songwriting ability  all of which have drawn comparisons to younger, critically respected artists like Kelly Willis and legends such as Dolly Parton. Cook was born in Wildwood, Florida and hosts the morning radio show “Elizabeth Cook’s Apron Strings” on the Sirius XM radio station Outlaw Country on Channel 60. Tickets $25 in advance $35 at the door. gpderrydown.com


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TASTE OF WINTER HAVEN 2020 

Feb. 20, 6-9pm at Venue 650 in Winter Haven.  This is one of the most popular events of the year. A Taste of Winter Haven is an evening event focused on giving the community an opportunity to taste local cuisine, beer and wine while enjoying live music. You must be 21 or older to attend. centralfloridatix.com


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LAKE WALES MARDI GRAS 

Feb. 21, 6-11pm & Feb. 22, 11am-11pm at Lake Wailes Park in Lake Wales.  Back for its 36th annual family-friendly celebration.  The annual event has entertained thousands of residents and visitors in Lake Wales with floats, beads, live music, food and spirits.  The event kicks off with the Annual 5k Glow Run & festival on Friday evening.  The festivities pick back up on Saturday with the Mardi Gras parade starts at 3pm.   lwmardigras.com


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THE 49TH ANNUAL CITIZENS BANK & TRUST LAKE WALES ARTS FESTIVAL 

Feb. 29 & March 1, Lake Wailes Park in Lake Wales.  Celebrating and exhibiting quality works of art by fine artists and artisans with up to 100 participants competing for more than $22,000! Presented by the Lake Wales Arts Council, the diversity of the critically acclaimed two-day Festival attracts thousands of art lovers each year.  Hours are Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday noon-5pm.  Kick things off by attending Art-B-Que on Friday.   863-676-8426 lakewalesartscouncil.org

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