•Sat & Sun January 28-29 from 10a-5p •Fun for the whole family w/ arts & crafts, face painting, rides •Great food, shows, and live entertainment (see video below) •Located at Valentine Park off Hwy 17-92 in Orange City
Everyone wants to help out whenever they can, but with today’s deal you can help support a great cause while having fun. Get two one-day admissions to the Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival for only $8, normally $16. The Festival is held on January 28-29th. The proceeds will benefit "Friends of Blue Spring State Park", Educational scholarships, and other Greater Orange City Organizations. Join in on the fun January 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Valentine Park in Orange City. The Manatee Festival will offer live entertainment with great shows from local performers, animal ambassadors from the Central Fl Zoo, along with presentations by Zoo staff. There will also be loads of arts and craft booths and kids games, so everyone will find something to spark their interest. And, just when you get tired of that New Year’s diet, there will be plenty of festival foods available to purchase. Take the shuttle to Blue Spring State Park to see the magnificent manatees in their natural setting. Typically 100 or more manatees grace the festival goers each year by visiting the spring. So join the Zoo as we enjoy some good ole’ festival fun and check out the manatees at the Orange City Blue Spring Manatee Festival.
Entertainment includes Disc-Connected K-9’s World Famous Frisbee Dogs, Bellydance ETC, Deltona Arts Center, Thom Chamber solo sax performer, Bubba “Whoopass” Wilson and the Woopoffs with Jeff Howell from the “Monsters in the Morning” (Real Radio 104.1), Karegan Wodz solo signing artist, Joe “Survival” Caruso Blues Band, Heartbeat Boyz pop music boy band, Aissa Torres Deltona’s finest song and dance, and Squirrel Junction Country Music Band. There will also be Walk on Water Balls, SPCA Adopt-a-Pet, rides, face painting, and over 100 arts and crafts booths to enjoy! The Manatee Festival is dependent upon the dozens of volunteers, civic and social organizations and private corporations who choose to donate their time or commit their resources to bringing our mission to life! Some of the most ways the funds are used include academic scholarships to local high school students to defray college tuition costs; donations to individuals who are faced with the hardship of poverty or overwhelming medical expenses; providing educational forums about land conservation and “going green” efforts for all ages. Additionally, proceeds benefit the Friends of Blue Spring State Park, area educational scholarships, Orange City Police Department “DARE” program at two schools, Operation Santa (which provides needed food and Christmas presents to over 80 families), Police Athletic League, the library, the local Rotary, police and fire departments, Boggy Creek, Make A Wish, and other area programs. The 2011 event raised $30,000 for charities. So be sure to help make this year an even bigger success.
- Manatees can live in both saltwater and freshwater.
- Manatees are the only aquatic mammal that is an herbivore (vegetarian).
- It is believed that manatees are responsible for sailors’ tales of mermaids and sirens.
- Manatees only have 6 cervical vertebrae so they cannot turn their heads. They must turn their entire body when they want to look around.