Black Bear FestivalFree arts and crafts and interactive games for children at participating organizations booths throughout the festival. Some of the activities scheduled are:

Our Main Stage will feature Local Authors and  Storytellers throughout the day.

  • 10:00 am  Eddie Lucas – “Tales from the River”
  • 10:30 am  Patricia Finn – “The Three Bears”
  • 11:00 am  Fran Powers – “Curlers, Cows and Kids”  
  • 11:30 am  Ed L'Heureux - “My Florida Panther Experience”
  • 12:00 Noon  Mayor’s Welcome, Partner & Sponsor Recognition
  • 12:30 pm  South Lake Animal League  - “Being a Responsible Pet Owner”
  • 1:30 pm  Fred Pack – “Tall Tales”
  • 2:30 pm  Warren Perry – Dr. Archie Carr, Jr. – Dramatic Reading       

AND much more!

Black Bear FestivalLearn all there is about bears, native wildlife, outdoor adventures and more by visiting the following links:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Defenders of Wildlife
Kids’ Planet External Website

U.S. Forest Service
Forest Service Kids External Website

Ocala National Forest
Just for Kids External Website

Black Bear Scenic ByWay
Kids Corner External Website

Lake County
Family Fun Destinations External Website


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