Florida SpringFest to celebrate 10th anniversary next spring


PENSACOLA -- Florida SpringFest, a multicultural musical celebration and one of this city's major tourist draws, will mark its 10th anniversary May 19 to 21. The outdoor event, which fills up area hotel rooms, is held downtown near City Hall, rain or shine.

The headline entertainers for the spring event are in the process of being selected from the worlds of rock, country, jazz, blues, folk, pop, zydeco, reggae and other types of music.

Last May's lineup included Aaron Tippin; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Bruce Hornsby; Collective Soul; Cracker; Duncan Sheik; Eddie Money; the Grass Roots; Hootie and the Blowfish; Joan Jett; Lee Ann Womack, and Morris Day and the Time.

Bill Garlock, the festival's executive director, said Florida SpringFest 2000 could draw as many as 105,000 patrons. This year's festival drew 103,000 people.

Agents and tour operators should block hotel rooms and bleacher seats as soon as possible, Garlock advised. Group rates for 30 or more people are available, he said.

The initial 1991 event was held as a fund raiser for the Alzheimer's Association. SpringFest continues as a charitable event with profits going to selected local charities.

There are four headline entertainment stages; each one offers some 5,000 bleacher seats, Garlock said. In addition, there are children's activities and entertainment and a SportScene area where festival-goers will have an opportunity to meet celebrities.

The cost of single-day tickets for attendees ages 12 and older is $17; three-day tickets cost $25. Groups pay $15 and $21, respectively. Bus parking is available near the site. Children ages 11 and younger are admitted free if accompanied by an adult; those unaccompanied pay $12.

There are a limited number of VIP tickets (not discountable) priced at $80, single, or $150 per couple. These include three-day passes, preferred seating, close-in parking, beer, wine and soft drinks.

Agents may purchase tickets in bulk for resale to clients at face value, according to Garlock. Gulf Coast Ticketmaster outlets also are selling tickets.

Florida SpringFest 2000
Phone: (850) 469-1069
Address: 226 S. Palafox, Seville Tower, Suite 205, Pensacola, Fla. 32501

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