My little town of Eustis (pop. 17,000+) just kicked off a 125th birthday bash!

I’m on the committee for the celebration, which may explain why one of the big events planned for the first 125 days is guided tours of both of the historic cemeteries in town.

I’ll share more about then as it gets closer.

We spent the first day of 2008 celebrating our founding just 125 years ago by gathering in the park for a 1-hour symphony concert, champagne toast to the city and a beautiful birthday cake.

(Incoming Mayor Evelyn Smith cuts the 125th birthday cake)

We had at least 1200 folks come out to hear the symphony and toast the city’s 125th year.

Later this month we’ll continue the celebration with our monthly street party (several bands, festival food, great games for the kids) on the first Friday of January.

January 19th brings the Antique Boat and Car Show to town. 

January 26th welcomes the Eustis Museum of Art’s Fine Arts Festival.

During the week of February 10th, Eustis celebrates the African-American Heritage Festival, with a parade, pageants and an awards banquet that celebrates the achievements of influential members of the community.

Then we’ve got the biggest event of the year:  GeorgeFest.

The longest continuously-celebrated festival in Florida, GeorgeFest commemorates George Washington’s birthday.  Three days of activities, the festival includes a big parade, dog jog, carnival rides, Citrus Squeeze and other fun contests.  Downtown merchants decorate their storefront windows, there’s a President’s Ball and we crown the Orange King and Queen.  You can see the full slate of activities at our website,

Why don’t you join us?