Florence Day festivities set for October 19

Florence’s calendar will be busy this fall, with the headlining event being Florence Day on Saturday, October 19, followed by Octoberfest on October 26, then the unveiling of a new statue on November 9. Mayor Bob Morris expressed his excitement for Florence Day and some of the surrounding citywide events coming soon. 

“My favorite thing about it is that people get to meet each other… it’s connecting a community,” said Morris.

Vendor spots for Florence Day are still available, and they will be representing small business and craftsmen from around the city.

Gates for Florence Day will open at 9 a.m. at Hemphill Park. The event will include a market, musical acts from the area, a car show, and contests, and organizers say the food will be some of the best in town. There will be two live performances, with local Christian band Coram Deo open with live music from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., followed by Georgetown Band from noon until 2 p.m.

Children can join in on the fun with the activities, rides and attractions in the soccer fields at Hemphill Park. Families can enjoy a car show, cornhole tournaments, a chili cook-off, an eating contest, a kids zone, and art in the park.

Town leaders are hoping that Florence Day continues to branch out to new ideas and engage the community in many ways.

City Clerk Carley Moore said, “Last year, we had about fifty [vendors]. We would love to see that number grow.”

Morris said the limitations for the huge event have always been money and manpower, and he says he hopes to raise money through this year to build even larger and stronger foundations for years to come. 

Arts and crafts/business booths are $75. A limited number of electrical hookups are available for an additional $10. Vendors will need to supply their own tables, chairs, tents, extension cords, and the like. Generators will be allowed, but must be muffled to eliminate noise. Booth space for both types of booths is 10’ wide by 12’ deep.

Vendor setup will be Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. and Saturday morning from 6:30 until 8:30 a.m. The market opens at 9 a.m. A parking area will be designated for vendors, as no vehicles will be allowed to stay in the booth area.

Business booths may hand out pens, pencils, key chains, notepads, magnets and other business-related items, but no food may be given away or sold, including bottled water. Food and drinks may only be sold by approved food vendors.

Florence Day festivities set for October 19

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