The Sun City Center FunFest takes place March 15, but the work by the 17-member committee, hundreds of volunteers and dedicated staff started months ago.
Event chairwoman Susan Muise showered praise on all involved, especially the "wonderful" maintenance crew, and said the long hours are worth it when it comes to showcasing the community to an expected crowd of more than 5,000 at the Sun City Center Community Association Central Campus, 1009 N Pebble Beach Blvd.
"We just love the community," Muise said. "We have more than 150 clubs that want to show what they can do."
Muise added that clubs who produce crafts or other items will have them on sale at the event. Many of the clubs also serve food, and other organizations present performances to showcase their skills. Health care vendors will also be on hand.
Organizers have implemented some key changes to improve the 15th annual event, including moving the entertainment tent to provide easier access to the thousands expected to attend.
The "Main Tent" will be moved across Cherry Hills Boulevard to the east side of the Arts and Crafts Center. The shift allows club and vendor displays to be arranged so they're all sidewalk-accessible. Other changes include a wider variety of food offerings and several new performers along with an Elvis tribute artist, the Dukes singing group and Solid Gold.
Organizers also tout another added attraction: a model of the U.S. Capitol created by Don Crescent and Shirley Carroll in the Heritage Room (outside entrance from west side of Atrium). This will be the first time the public is being given the opportunity to see the 9- by 5-foot model that Crescent and Carroll have worked on for 3 1/2 years.
FunFest is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and admission is free. Muise said the event typically draws residents who live outside Sun City Center. To learn more, contact Muise at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 633-2479.