Now celebrating its eighth anniversary, Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch is a singular combination of street fair and outdoor performing arts hall that is scheduled to come to life on Main Street on Saturday, January 31st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The popular festival will once again celebrate the arts, promote local non-profit groups, and provide a fun day of music, food, shopping and more for all who attend. Drawing on the success of past events, organizers are planning to showcase performances from a variety of area school groups, professional musicians, dancers, chorus groups, drama teams and more. Now is the time for such groups to submit an application to participate in this year’s festival. Applications are available online at www.lakewoodranch.com/grandovation. The application deadline is January 10.
Organizers are also actively seeking event sponsors. Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch is the only event of its kind in Southwest Florida and draws attendees from the Tampa Bay area as well as points south towards Naples and Fort Myers. Officials estimate that more than 3,000 people turned out for the 2014 festival, and they are expecting to exceed that number this year. Grand Ovation was founded by and is supported by LWR Communities.
As a community-wide celebration of cultural arts, Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch is a free event, both for attendees and participants. There are no parking or admission fees, and all the shops and restaurants along Main Street will be open. There is no charge for non-profit groups to participate in the event, and each will receive a designated table where they can advertise upcoming seasons, sell tickets for future events, and recruit new members and patrons.
Highlights from last year’s festival included three performance stages with entertainment provided by the Sarasota Ballet, Sarasota Opera, Manatee Players, Circus Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch High School Silver Stars dance team, Florida Studio Theatre, The Players, Sarasota Dance Academy, and many more.
For more information about sponsorships or participating in Grand Ovation, visit www.lakewoodranch.com/grandovation or call Rachel Gray at 941.757.1548 or Linda Gross at 941.907.9507.