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Sebring founders to be honored Saturday on the Circle

Published:   |   Updated: October 22, 2013 at 02:48 PM

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SEBRING - The Sebring Historical Society and the Sebring Centennial Committee are renewing a long-ago tradition to honor founder George E. Sebring and other pioneers who established the town with a celebration at 10 a.m. Saturday on the Circle.

The Sebring Historical Society will combine its quarterly luncheon and meeting with a barbecue chicken dinner cooked at the Circle by member Allen Altvater III and David Zeiss. Lunch is available to the public.

Tables and chairs will be set up in Circle Park and food will be served by members from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $8 each with tickets on sale in advance at the Sebring Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce on U.S. 27 and Sebring City Hall. Tickets will also be available on the Circle that day.

Jen Brown, board of directors member, has taken the lead in planning and organizing this day of fun and entertainment for Sebring families. Some activities include the Mountain Dew Cloggers, who will perform at noon, and a dance performance by "Tammy's Kids" at 12:30. A special presentation by the Elks Club to the Sebring High School is scheduled for 12:40 p.m., followed by a performance by Martial Arts America. Tammy's Kids will perform again at 1:20 p.m. with their "Thriller Dance." The Mountain Dew Cloggers will perform again at 1:30 p.m. and Mayor George Hensley will lead a sing along of "The Ode to George E. Sebring," the song he wrote for the Centennial, at 2 p.m.

"The Spoilers," will be shown 2-5 p.m. at the newly restored Circle Theater. This movie has historical roots in Sebring, as it was based on a book written by Rex Beach, famous author and resident of Sebring form 1928 to 1947.

Several Sebring-manufactured electric cars will be on display around the Circle during the day. One of the main features of the festivities will be the recognition of a man and woman chosen "Pioneers of the Year." Many other events are planned, including contests, games and crafts for children, as well as musical performances.

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