America’s Sweetest Town to host Annual Clewiston Sugar Festival

Trace Adkins

CLEWISTON — America’s sweetest town will host the annual Clewiston Sugar Festival on March 18, a free event with family-friendly activities and performances by Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence and other country music stars.

The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Civic Park on U.S. Hwy 27 in Clewiston. Admission is free. The media is invited to attend.

Now in its 31st year, the Clewiston Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the important economic impact sugar has on Glades communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. This year’s presenting sponsor is U.S. Sugar, a Florida pioneer in the sustainable farming and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn.

“It’s a huge pleasure and honor to once again be part of this beloved community event,” said Judy Sanchez, senior director of corporate communication and public affairs for U.S. Sugar. “We look forward to celebrating with the entire community the hard work of our employees, growers and vendors who make the sugarcane harvest season a success.”

Tracy Lawrence

The event will include a Sweet Taste of Sugar baking contest, food vendors, arts and craft booths, tractor displays and a car show. On the main stage will be country performers Trace Adkins (5:30 p.m.), Tracy Lawrence (3:45 p.m.), Parmalee (2 p.m.), Runaway June (12:45 p.m.) and JJ McCoy (11:30 a.m.).

The festival will feature appearances by Miss Sugar 2017 Brooke Jarvis, Junior Miss Sugar Jaslyn Creagh and Little Miss Sugar Kailynn Davis. Also on the schedule are a Sugar Festival 5K Run/Walk presented by Cross Training Ministries and pickle ball, horseshoe and cornhole tournaments. FPL is sponsoring a Kids Park with bounce houses, inflatable slides and other activities.

Kicking off the festival will be a performance by Nuthin’ Fancy, a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, on the main stage at 8 p.m. Friday, March 17.

“From the great musical lineup to the family-friendly activities, there’s something here for everyone,” said Hillary Hyslope, executive director of the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Clewiston Sugar Festival committee. “We encourage people to come celebrate our town’s heritage and discover for themselves what makes Clewiston the sweetest town in America.”

In addition to U.S. Sugar and FPL, other sponsors include the Hendry County Tourist Development Council, ICL Fertilizers, H.E. Hill Foundation, Seacoast Bank and Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort.

For news and updates about the festival, text SugarFest17 to 888777. Standard text messaging rates apply.

For more information about the Clewiston Sugar Festival, including a complete schedule of events, go to clewistonsugarfestival.net. Also visit our Sugar Festival page on Facebook @SugarFestival and follow us at #SugarFestival2017, #AmericasSweetestTown and #USSugar.

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