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Leesburg Saturday Morning Market
The Farmers Market is held every Saturday starting October 3, 2009 to April 17, 2010 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm on Towne Square, in Historic Downtown Leesburg, it’s closed April 24, 2010, Bikefest Weekend. Experience a multitude of vendors who sell produce, plants & flowers, cooked and prepared specialty foods such as: fish, meat, cheese, eggs, bakery items, jellies & jams, honey, nuts, coffee and ethnic foods. These products vary from week to week, so there is always something new. Also enjoy live entertainment from local talent. The Leesburg Saturday Morning Market is presented by the Leesburg Partnership. For information, call Sandi at (352) 365-0053. Visit online at www.leesburgsaturdaymorningmarket.com.

Business EXPO
Held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., the first Thursday of October, the Business EXPO is a collaboration between the Leesburg Chamber of Commerce and the United Chambers: East Lake, Lady Lake, Lake Eustis, Mount Dora, South Lake, Tavares and Umatilla. The event is open to the public. Admission is $5. For more information, call (352) 787-2131 or visit online at www.leesburgchamber.com.

14th Annual Leesburg Main Street Christmas House
Open November – December, Monday-Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4:00 pm. Over 100 Holiday Crafters feature over 50,000 items, unique handcrafted holiday decorations and gifts.

The Christmas House is located at 220 W. Magnolia St. in Historic Downtown Leesburg. It’s presented by the Leesburg Partnership, for information call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.LeesburgPartnership.com.

Chili Cook-Off
Held the first Saturday in November, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Towne Square, in Historic Downtown Leesburg. The chili cook-off competition is a gated event. $5 buys all you can eat and live entertainment. Beer and wine are available for sale. The Chili Cook-Off is presented by the Leesburg Downtown Business Association. For information, call Dell Ross at (352) 326-8090 or visit online at www.downtownleesburgfl.com.

Leesburg Main Street Christmas Stroll
Held the Friday after Thanksgiving from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Historic Downtown Leesburg. It’s fun for the whole family, stores are open for holiday shopping and there are hay rides, a Snow Mountain Slide, Uncle Donald’s Farm petting zoo, Dickens Carolers, a Strolling Jazz Band, street performers, live performances by local civic groups, festive foods and you won’t believe your eyes: “let it snow let it snow!” Presented by the Leesburg Partnership, for information call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.LeesburgPartnership.com.

Venetian Gardens Light Up
Held annually in Venetian Gardens, Light-up Ceremony is on the Saturday after Thanksgiving at 6:00 pm, then is opens nightly through January first. Drive or walk through one of Lake County’s largest holiday displays, featuring over 500,000 mini-lights. Presented by the City of Leesburg. For information, call (352) 728-9885.

The Leesburg Main Street Christmas Parade
Held the first Saturday in December at 6:00 pm in Historic Downtown Leesburg. The Holiday Parade features marching bands, twirler and dance groups and lighted floats. The parade route is on Main Street and travels east from 11th Street to Canal Street. Presented by the Leesburg Partnership, for information call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.LeesburgPartnership.com.

“Wild Florida: The Preserved, The Restored, The Vanishing”
On Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 5 pm, a Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception featuring the work of artist Gloria Betlem will be held. Presented by the Leesburg Center for the Arts. For information, call (352) 365-0232 or visit online at www.LeesburgArtfestival.com.

3rd Annual Dr Martin Luther King Jr Commemoration Parade/March
Held Saturday, January 16, 2010, 11 am to 12 pm in Historic Downtown Leesburg.

For more information, contact Chris Hamilton at (352) 365-3592.

13th Annual Mardi Gras Mixers
(all mixers will be held at the Leesburg Center for the Arts)
Kick-off, January 28, 2010
Dance Ball, February 4, 2010
Karaoke, February 11, 2010

13th Annual Mardi Gras™ Ball “A Crowning Event”
Friday, February 19, 2010, 7:00 pm to midnight at The Leesburg Opera House, at the corner of Main and Fifth Street. Formal or costume attire is suggested. This is a ticketed event. Enjoy festive food, drink and entertainment. Witness the Crowning of King Rex and Queen Devine. Proceeds benefit the Annual Mardi Gras “Party in the Street” celebration. For information, call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

13th Annual Mardi Gras™ “Party in the Street”
Held Saturday, February 20, 2010 in Historic Downtown Leesburg from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Twelve Hours of Madness, starting with the Kids Parade at 11:00 pm followed by the Pets Parade at 2:00 pm. Enjoy festive foods, live entertainment, street performers, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire eaters and much, much more. Listen to the great New Orleans style Marching Jazz Bands, Cajun Zydeco and Blues, all live on two stages. Then, sit back and enjoy the spectacular Main Street Mardi Gras Parade at 7:00 pm. Presented by the Leesburg Partnership, call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.LeesburgMardiGras.com.

33rd Annual Leesburg Fine Art Festival
Held Saturday and Sunday, March 6 & 7, 2010 in the Historic Downtown Leesburg. It features over 100 fine artists and craftsmen, festive food and live entertainment. Presented by the Leesburg Center for the Arts. For information, call (352) 365-0232 or visit online at www.LeesburgArtfestival.com.The Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce 13th Annual CenturyLink Golf Classic

Held Friday, March 26, 2010, the Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s CenturyLink Golf Classic is well known throughout Lake County and is considered one of the premiere golf tournaments of the area. We attract 144 of Lake County’s top business professionals, making this a sold-out event each year. Companies receive maximum exposure through various advertising mediums before, during and after the event. For information, call (352) 787-2131 or visit online at www.leesburgchamber.com.

14th Annual Spring Fish Fry
Held Thursday, April 1, 2010 from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on the grounds of the Historic Mote Morris House. It’s a ticketed event, featuring southern cooking at its finest! Fresh fried fish, steamed oysters, corn on the cob, collard greens, corn bread, navy beans, key lime pie, hush puppies and beverages including ice tea, soft drinks, beer, wine and a bar are available. Presented by the Leesburg Partnership. For information, call (352) 365-0053.

14th Annual Leesburg Bikefest™ 2010
Held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 23, 24 & 25, 2010 in Historic Downtown Leesburg. Lake County comes alive with the roar of over 200,000 bikers from throughout the USA. Downtown is open to motorcycles only! Live bands play on eight stages all day and night. There is a Ms. Bikefest Contest, a Rat’s Hole Custom Motorcycle Show, biker demonstrations, stunt riding, festive food, merchandise vendors and much more. It’s a non-stop street party! Presented by the Leesburg Partnership. For further information, call (352) 365-0053 or visit online at www.leesburgbikefest.com.

July 4th Celebration
Held Sunday, July 4th, 2010.
Fruitland Park Days

Held the first weekend in April. Come see the Street Dance on Berckman Street from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday, as well as the 5K race (8:00 am), parade (10:00 am), car show, food, craft vendors, games and Arabian horse riders. For more information, call (352) 360-6727.

Annual Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire
Held in November at Hickory Point in Tavares. Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Advanced tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children. Regular tickets: $15 for adults, $7 for children. For more information, contact Carman Cullen at (352) 326-1265 or visit www.lakerenfaire.com.

• Kings Feast, held at 6:00 pm $50 RSVP required.
• Queens Tea, held at 1:30 pm $10.

Leesburg Lightning
Champions – Summer Collegiate Wooden Bat Team. For schedule, visit: http://floridaleague.athleticsite.com or call (352) 728-9885.

FISH RESORTS, COTTAGES AND GUIDE SERVICES

LAKE GRIFFIN

Fisherman’s Wharf Mobile Home Park/Marina
05101-60 Eagles Nest Road
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
(352) 360-0600

Nelson’s Outdoor Resort Marina & RV Park
19400 State Road 42
Umatilla, FL 32784
(352) 821-FISH

Pine Island Fish Camp
6808 Lake Griffin Road
Lady Lake, FL 32159
(352) 753-2972

Twin Palms Resort & Marina
35320 Cross Street
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
(888) 894-6756

DEAD RIVER

Dead River Marina
11611 U.S. Highway 441
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 343-4331

LAKE EUSTIS

Palm Gardens Mobile Home Park
11801 Highway 441
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 343-2024

LAKE CRUISES

Capt’n Charlie’s Canal Cruises
P.O. Box 262
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 343-0200

Capt. Dave’s Dora Canal Cruises
Tavares, FL 32778
(352) 343-3889

Lake County Waterways
400 W. Fourth Avenue
Mount Dora, FL 32757 (Next to the Mount Dora Yacht Club)
(352) 383-3933

Costs & Additional Options Include:
Annual fishing license/resident — $14.50
10-day hunting license/ non-resident — $46.50
Annual hunting license/ non-resident — $151.50
Annual fishing license/ non-resident — $32.50
Management area (MG) hunting permit — $26.50
One-week fishing license/ non-resident — $17.50
Sportsman’s license — $68.50

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