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29th Annual Manatee Festival

Sat 1/25, 9:00am, 29th Annual Manatee Festival at Valentine Park in Orange City, FL:

Come join us for a fun filled day in Volusia County. We will depart from the McDonald's on Old St. Augustine Road (near Kohl's) and I-95 at 9:00am sharp. It is a approximately 95 miles to our destination and will take us 1:45 to drive to Valentine Park, 1511 W French Ave, Orange City, FL 32763.

If you plan on eating breakfast, please arrive at 8:30am. We expect this to be a full day. If you need to be back in Jacksonville by a certain time, please drive your own car or carpool with someone with the same time restraints.

The gates will open at 10:00am. Please bring cash for there is an $8.00 admission fee. All proceeds will fund scholarships and Blue Springs State Park. There will be food vendors plus a free shuttle to see the manatees at Blue Springs. This is a large art and crafts festival with music, dancing, sand sculpting, shows and rides. To read more about the festival or the manatees: http://themanateefestival.com/  or http://www.savethemanatee.com. Any questions please call Sue M. at[masked]

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting everyone and had a great time hangin' with the Manatee's! Beautiful day!

    January 26, 2014

  • sue

    This was a wonderful day with all my friends. .and we even had help with the weather. :-)

    January 25, 2014

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    Great trip Sue, thank you!!!

    2 · January 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. Thanks everyone:)
    Enjoyed it!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Susan Kahrnoff R.

    One of the best trips ever!!!

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    Enjoyed the day, great people and Blue Springs is really pretty.

    1 · January 25, 2014

  • sue

    It's going to be a sunny 68 in orange city. .now that is what MY report says..

    January 25, 2014

  • Marta W.

    Hi John, I'll take you up on riding with you if you drive. Sue, are we still taking chairs?

    1 · January 24, 2014

    • sue

      Yes we are

      January 25, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    Thanks for letting me know.

    January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something has come up, tonight, and I have to cancel. I am sorry!

    January 24, 2014

  • Barbara T.

    Ken, I appreciate a ride.

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Barbara, I'm sorry to say that I am going to have to cancel. Some other time, I hope!

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is my first meetup. Would like to carpool and will need to fill out release form. My printer don't work so I can't print it out.

    January 24, 2014

    • sue

      I will have a few. .but people need to bring them..go to the top of the site..under file's and you will see guest wavers. .the need to be filled out..you have to attend 2 outings to become a member of the group. .this will show that you have attended

      January 24, 2014

  • John J.

    I am also looking to provide transportation, I can drive five to six additional passengers in a Dodge MKIII high top van. Other wise I would need to ride with someone. Also, any member leaving from the Whitehouse, 32220 area code, I can pickup and deliver us to McD & back home.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to either ride with someone or drive some people. I could take three people in my car. Offering a ride or wishing to ride along, anyone?

    January 24, 2014

  • sue

    Wow they called me back..nice..so no coolers aloud. .but bring a chair for the show..that will work out great and it will give us a meeting place.

    January 23, 2014

  • Chris H.

    As a reminder, if you have not paid your 2014 Sidetrackers Membership dues, please complete a Sidetrackers release form and bring it to McDonald's. Sue will be collecting these forms before we leave on our trip. Release forms are available on line. Thanks!

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • Trish P.

    I am new & this is my first meet up. Would like info about carpooling. I can take three, or is there room for me in a car?

    January 21, 2014

    • sue

      Be at the McDonald's. We can figure it out when we are there. .I'm really excited about thd trip my self

      January 21, 2014

    • Trish P.

      Thanks, Sue.

      January 21, 2014

  • Amy D

    Sue, I am meeting everyone there also. Is there a location/time chosen to meet up onsite?

    January 20, 2014

    • sue

      That I will look into today..they are having concerts..so I need to see about coolers..and chairs to watch the concert..but since I have never been before..I can not explain a location. .keep my phone number. .and call me..that way I can explain to you where we are

      January 21, 2014

  • sue

    There are 323 manatees in blue springs. .don't forget your camera's

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to joining you guys !
    This is my first meetup. Is there anything i need to be aware of (apart from being present at McDonald's at 9 am) ?
    Also, when would we return back to JAX? :)

    January 19, 2014

    • sue

      you will need to fill out a guest waver form..it under more and then wavers, when you get to the wavers, just print it and bring it with you. I will have form at McDonalds..but the more people that have them and signed will make it so much faster.

      January 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks again sue! I will bring the filled form there. As I am new, I do not know whom to contact for car pooling in advance.

      January 20, 2014

  • sue

    The manatee fest is a fair with venders, groups playing music, and shuttles to blue springs where the manatte's go to keep warm in the winter..it will be held in Orange City but as a large group is going, we have a place to meet..McDonalds and we share the ride, because its about 100 miles, and split the gas

    January 19, 2014

  • Mary Ann M.

    I recently moved here from AZ. What is the Manatee Festival and is it actually held @ McDonald's? I saw no description of the event. Thank you!

    January 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      were you not able to read the write-up above MaryAnn? If so, it may be your computer or connection. Try logging in from another location.

      January 15, 2014

    • Ed

      Meet at McDonalds parking lot at 9am to convoy down to Orange City FL...it's about 30 miles past Daytona beach heading towards Orlando. Hope that helps.

      January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    The link to the festival's website had an error so I have updated the link above and added here for those who want to see more about the festival. http://themanateefestival.com/

    January 15, 2014

    • Joe S.

      Thank you.

      January 15, 2014

  • Joni B.

    Hope it is okay to meet you there, at the festival. Am traveling to Sanibel that weekend and can make both things happen. -:)

    January 15, 2014

  • Regina

    I will be driving from St. Augustine. Would any one like to come with me from a little further south of Jax? If so, email me at:
    [masked]

    January 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Manatees are Sea Cows that inhabit the springs, rivers, and Intracoastal Waterway of Florida. They gather for warmer water in springs during cold seasons.
    Blue Springs, Orange City is home to over 500 manatees and they can be viewed from the boardwalk at the park.
    Festival is family fun day with preservation/conservation theme.
    Held at Orange City Florida annually.
    I will be staying over Friday night and try to connect with group at festival.

    January 13, 2014

  • Greg Z.

    Hi my name is Greg , been on a few trips ,nice people great times .

    January 9, 2014

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