Vet Fest Lake County is a family friendly, 3-day event to show tribute to our Active Military, Veterans, 1st Responders and the families and friends who support them. Proceeds raised will help two Lake County not-for-profit organizations — The Last Ride and One Team One Fight 4 PTSD.
Spanning the entire weekend from Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2020, the City of Eustis will host the traveling War on Terrorism Memorial Wall in downtown Eustis. Additional Vet Fest activities include a Gala Dinner, an escort ride, and Bed Races hosted by Gator Harley Davidson and the Nam Knights MC Green Swamp Chapter. The weekend will be capped off on Sunday afternoon with a Veterans Day Parade through Eustis ending with the closing ceremony at the Wall.
On Friday, Oct. 30, the event will kick-off with a Gala Dinner at the Eustis Community Center. Featuring a seated dinner, open bar and live auction, the dinner will feature guest speaker Lt. General Ronald L. Bailey. A USMC veteran, Bailey served his country for 44 years. Tickets are limited.
Saturday, Oct. 31 begins with an escorted arrival of the War on Terrorism Wall from LifePointe Church (3551 E. Orange Ave.) to downtown Eustis by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Eustis Police Department. Set-up of the Wall will begin at 10 am. At 11am, the Wall will be open for the public viewing with an opening ceremony and air show over Lake Eustis starting at 5 pm.
Meanwhile in Ferran Park (250 Ferran Park Drive, Eustis) on Saturday, vendors and live music will be available throughout the day from 1pm to 8pm. Nam Knights M/C “Green Swamp Chapter” and Gator Harley Davidson will host a Bed Race in Leesburg at noon. Registration is $250.00 and bed “rental” is $50.00. Following Bed Races, bikers are encouraged to join an escorted ride by the LCSO from Gator Harley to the traveling War on Terrorism Memorial Wall in Eustis starting at 4 pm.
The weekend will then be capped by a Veterans Day Parade in downtown Eustis starting at the Eustis Armory (605 S. Bay Street) on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4pm and ending in Ferran Park. The parade will honor the courageous service members that honorably serviced and fought for our nation’s freedoms. Participating Veteran businesses and organizations, Honor Guards, ROTC units, marching bands, decorative floats and local supporters will be in the parade. Following the Parade, there will be a Wall Closing Ceremony at 5:30 pm in Ferran Park.
Additionally, Hometown Heroes Banners were installed on the decorative streetlights in the downtown Eustis. Lake County citizens and businesses purchased these banners that feature an honorably discharged veteran or active duty armed forces member. These banners will be up till November 12, 2020, Please visit www.artisanlaserguild.com/ for more information about the project.
For tickets to the Gala, volunteer opportunities and other details please call the City of Eustis Events & Tourism Office at 352-483-5491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.