You never know where you’ll find real, live American history, but it’s especially nice when you find it in your own back yard.
For me, that’s literally true!
I live in Mount Dora (about 30 minutes northwest of Orlando) and right next door is the town of Eustis where, from Feb. 28 til March 1, the Lake Eustis Chamber of Commerce will host the nation’s second-longest running George Washington Festival – this year, the 112th GeorgeFest.
I love how some things never change. Back in 1902, the residents here created a pageant that attracted townspeople and tourists – and that’s the gist of the event to this day. A century ago, bicycles and Model Ts would create a patriotic parade, and today the same thing happens (with more modern styles of transportation).
The theme of this year’s festival is “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and you can bet there’ll be lots of folks out to celebrate America and its one ‘Indispensible Man’: George Washington. I’ve read tons about this great man, and nothing I’ve read revealed a single blemish on his character.
If you get a kick out of small town events – especially ones with carnivals, parades, fireworks, pie baking contests, hot dog eating contests, a classic car cruise-in, and much more -- there’s none quite so historic as GeorgeFest in Eustis.