The first Spring Festival was held in March of 1975, to welcome in Spring and say farewell to all the Snow Birds who were returning to their Northern homes for the summer.  It was held at the original Festival Grounds, which is now the Microtell Hotel.   Local clubs and organizations sold their food and beverages from the current Flea Market building, which was also part of the Festival grounds.

Many of today’s events and contests originated back then.  Some of the contests from the past which are no longer offered:

  • Decorated Home Contest

  • Decorated Window Contest

  • Wine and Liqueur Making Contest

  • Fancy Beard Contest

  • Decorated Jeans and T-Shirt Contest

  • Chug-A-Lug Beer Contest

  • Checkers Contest

  • Rocking Chair Contest

  New additions to the Festival Fun are

  •  Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show

  • The Festival Idol Competitions

  • Hot Wing Eating Contest

  • BBQ Contest

We continue with the traditional Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Horseshoe Contest, Festival Pageants, Pet Show and our ever popular baked goods, chili, flowers & vegys, and art contests.  We’ve also added a locals Craft Show, which has been very well received.  Vendor space is available at no charge to any nonprofit organization.  The Festival offers many opportunities for local organizations to raise funds, by helping with parking, carnival ticket sales, grounds cleanup, etc.

Nick’s Kids Show has been a family favorite for many years now, as well as Commodore Cutter, Southwest Florida’s Pirate.  Tolve Productions offers carnival rides and games, and lots of food vendors to choose from.

The Spring Festival moved to Veteran’s Park in the late 80’s, where it has been providing fun and entertainment for Lehigh Acres and the surrounding communities ever since.  The 2018 theme is Wild, Wild West, so mark your calendars for March 9th – March 17th and we hope to see you there.


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  1. Diane says:

    PLEASE–You need a MAP of the Parade Route AND a MAP of where to park for people who do NOT know Lehigh….

    • admin says:

      The parade travels straight down Homestead Road, which is the main business street in Lehigh. If you google it, the parade starts at Beth Stacey and ends at Arthur Avenue. The road closes about 10:30, so grab your viewing spot early. As far as the parking, head further South on Homestead Road about 1 mile to Veteran’s Park. As you enter the park we have Boy Scouts directing traffic and showing where to park. A map would not be helpful, but the parking attendants will be very helpful. :>)

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