Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
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Wed, July 15, 2020

March events bring spring, leprechauns, and bunnies

March brings a change of season and holiday celebrations, and Mount Dora is making the most of it with three events.

The annual Mount Dora Spring Fest, formerly known as the Spring Collectibles, Crafts, and Antiques Show, is celebrating its 21st year in downtown Mount Dora, a news release states.

The two-day open-air event is scheduled from 9am-5pm March 17-18. More than 250 exhibitors of arts and crafts will attract thousands of visitors to shop, eat, and enjoy entertainment. For parking and shuttle information, go to

Also on St. Patrick’s Day, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will host a Leprechaun Treasure Hunt from 11am-1pm Saturday, March 17, at Gilbert Park, 210 S. Tremain St. This event is free to the public and open for children ages 12 and under. The kids will search for mountains of gold, play games for prizes, and enjoy snacks and refreshments.

The third St. Patrick’s Day celebration is A Night for the Irish, featuring international Irish performer Jane O’Connor and the Mount Dora Pipes and Drums at the Community Building, 520 N. Baker St. For more information on these events, call 352.735.7183.

The month of March also signals the start of Easter season, and for kids, that means bunnies and chicks. Children can enjoy rabbits and chickens at Central Florida’s newest tourist attraction, GatorWorld Parks of Florida on State Route 44 near Interstate 75 in Wildwood. The 15-acre park is home to more than 400 alligators that have been rescued and relocated, a news release states.

But the park also has a petting zoo that includes more than 50 rabbits, along with Elvis the goat, plus chickens and chicks, providing great photo opportunities as well as a lesson in animal rescue. The rabbits have been recovered from homes where they were no longer wanted as pets.

“It’s such a thrill to watch kids interact with our petting zoo animals,” GatorWorld owner Don Buckner says in the release. “Many kids have never been near a goat or rabbit, and we’re so proud to be able to offer this fun and educational experience for families.”

GatorWorld Parks feature a scenic drive-through where visitors have prime viewing of alligators in their natural Florida habitat. At the end of the course, visitors can safely hold an alligator and then feed alligators from a raised platform.

Park hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday. For pricing information, visit