The South Florida Fair is bringing all the excitement of Mardi Gras to suburban West Palm Beach this year, a spokeswoman announced Monday.
Each year, the fair chooses a theme based on the culture of a city, and the 2017 fair, which runs from Jan. 13-29 will feature a New Orleans flavor. Past themes have include Las Vegas and Washington D.C. and last year was “Discover the Palm Beaches.”
The fair will have the normal fried food but also include Cajun classics like fried catfish and boiled crawfish. There will also be daily Mardi Gras parades and New Orleans jazz bands.
All food donations will go to families in need. The village is looking for the following items: Boxed mashed potatoes, boxed stuffing mix, cornbread mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and canned vegetables such as green beans and corn.
They can be dropped off at the Municipal Complex, Village Park, the Wellington Community Center, the Community Services Office, Lake Wellington Professional Centre, Ultima Fitness, The Goddard School and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, District 8 Substation. Donations will be collected until Nov. 16.
The organizers of the Super Pup Fashion Show at the Wellington Amphitheater are looking for local dogs that can strut their stuff.
The event is set for Nov. 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and it’s hosted by My South Florida DJ. It benefits Tri-County Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter in Boca Raton. The entry fee is $50 and people can sign up at online at superpupfashionshow.com or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dogs will be judged on the following categories:
1. Most obedient
2. Best dressed
3. Most talented
4. Best coat
5. Most style
6. Best team
There will be prizes for the top three in each category.
Wellington Village Manager Paul Schofield didn’t mince words when talking about the lack of damage the village sustained from Hurricane Matthew.
“I think we’re very happy thing morning,” he said in a social media video update.
The biggest concern from residents has been power outages, Schofield said. There are still some without power clustered around South Shore and Greenview Shores, as well as Pierson Road, Wellington Trace and scattered in the Equestrian Preserve.
But “there’s not much damage out there at all,” he said.
Most of the debris should be cleared by the end of the day today, and trash pickup will resume tomorrow.
Wellington has officially stopped emergency operations and it’s business as usual.
“All things considered, we came out of this really, really well,” he said.
Like most other municipalities in Palm Beach County, Wellington was spared much of Hurricane Matthew’s wrath.
The village has no reports of trees nor power lines down, Village Spokeswoman Liz Nunez said. There hasn’t been any flooding and there are no roads blocked, she said. Some residents did lose power overnight, and palm fronds are down.
Wellington is dispatching crews to do a full survery of the village this morning and will be stopping emergency operations.