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Posted by:Oct 28th 2007, 09:53:56 pm
Fig Tree News TeamThe Jensen Beach, FL Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 20th Anniversary Jensen Beach

Pineapple Festival happening November 2, 3, and 4 in the streets of historic downtown Jensen Beach. The top spot this year goes to the legendary Chubby Checker who is currently experiencing a comeback with his new hit song, 'Knock down the walls'. The King of the Twist will headline the festival on Day 2. American Idol's country sweetheart Kellie Pickler will sing Day 1 and teen heartthrob, Drew Seeley, who performed all of Zac Efron's songs in the first 'High School Musical' cross-country concert tour, will take the stage on Day 3, family day. All three headline concerts will be presented from the National City Stage.

Following the Kellie Pickler concert, the night sky over the Indian River Lagoon will light-up with a spectacular fireworks show by Santore. The fireworks show promises to be one of the most spectacular displays ever seen along the Treasure Coast. Jensen Beach's own Doolan Amusements will provide midway rides and will present 'ride all rides for one price' on Sunday, family day. Local musicians and scholastic performers will showcase their talents throughout festival weekend on the Florida Lottery Stage and the Martin County Stage.

The 20th anniversary festival will see the return of the popular Bahamian Marketplace. Residents from the Bahamian island of Eleuthera will energize festival goers with the infectious and heart pounding sounds of Junkanoo. The Bahamian Marketplace is sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and will also feature island bands on the Bahamas Stage. One of the most popular bands from the Bahamas, The Brilanders, will perform all three days.

Festivalgoers will also be treated to Bahamian food, crafts, and a pineapple eating contest. Jensen Beach jointly proclaimed a sister city relationship with Gregory Town, Eleuthera, Bahamas in1990. For the Past 20 years the small Bahamian community hosts its own Pineapple Festival each June.

All three-days of the festival comedian Jon Smith and friends will perform at the Pineapplaugh Improv Show. Artists and Crafters will display their works on Jensen Beach Boulevard and local businesses will showcase their products and services in the expo area. Wade Henry, spectacular unicyclist and juggler will ?wow? the crowds throughout the weekend. Big wigs Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson, Albert Einstein, and Bill Cosby will mingle with the crowds. Rumors have it that Captain Jack Sparrow will also be in attendance.

To inject more fun and enhance the atmosphere even further, there will be a host of new food vendors on hand featuring specialty foods and including pineapple dishes. Festival goers can look forward to grabbing a bite to eat at the expanded food court as well as popular downtown Jensen Beach restaurants.

The Jensen Beach Pineapple Festival remains one of the top regional festivals on the Treasure Coast and is worth the financial investment festival organizers say.

Ron Rose, festival founder and current executive director of the Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce is producing this year's 20th anniversary festival. Rose in anxious to bring the hometown and island flavor back to the Pineapple Festival and attract a more diverse family crowd.

Rose said, "The Pineapple Festival is responsible for putting Jensen Beach on the tourist map and the pineapple becoming our official community symbol." Rose continued, "The main motivation behind the festival is showcasing the Jensen Beach business community and having people become more aware of what Jensen Beach has to offer."

Advance admission tickets will be available for sale for only $5 during the month of October at all National City branch locations in Martin and St. Lucie County. At the gate admission will be $10. For information on becoming a festival volunteer please contact Elaine Hirsch, Jensen Beach Travel Service, 772-334-1300. For more information on the Pineapple Festival or for sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor information call 772-334-3444.


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