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12 Dec, 2016 No Comments

Sebring Food Truck Invasion



The Food Truck Invasion is making its way to Sebring, every 2nd Thursday of the month (until June 8th), creating a huge outdoor community picnic at the Highlands County Fairgrounds from 5 – 9 p.m.  The majority of the food trucks participating are owned and ran by professional chefs, providing a great deal of fusion cuisine, comfort foods and sweet treats to choose from while staying away from fast foods. Bring your family to the next one, Thursday, January 12, 2017, at 781 Magnolia Ave, Sebring, Florida 33870.


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06 Dec, 2016 No Comments

Holiday Celebration at The Sebring Public Library

The Sebring Public Library has set up to deliver happiness to the kids in our community during this lovely holiday season.  Your kids are invited to The Sebring Public Library and it’s free; no membership required. Enjoy “Pictures with Santa” at 4 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 20th. All you need is a camera and a smile. Then on Thursday, Dec. 22nd, starting at 1 pm is the “Holiday Celebration” where families can participate in story times and crafts at 1pm and hot chocolate, popcorn and a movie by 2pm. The Sebring Public Library is at 319 W. Center Ave. Sebring. FL. For more information call 863-402-6716.



06 Dec, 2016 No Comments

Shop Wrap & Roll In Downtown Sebring

 The  Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites you to Celebrate “Shop, Wrap & Roll” in Downtown Sebring during the month of December 2016. Join us as small businesses unite in an effort to create a friendly environment with special offers and activities for all.



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Visit our monthly theme promotion page to learn more about events and promotional offers occurring in downtown Sebring throughout the month of November 2016.


28 Nov, 2016 No Comments

Holidays in Downtown Sebring

shop-wrap-and-rollDid you know that Downtown Sebring is getting ready for the Holiday Season? Jump-start the Christmas spirit daily from 6 – 9 p.m. at Circle Park Dr. Come see Santa and experience all the decorations from this year’s Carousel of Lights as the Circle Park is lit with thousands of lights, every evening until December 28th.

The Downtown Sebring CRA is excited to share the holiday Season with our lovely community. Other events scheduled are the Circle of Cans from 7a.m to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec 2; the Christmas Parade from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Dec 2; the Saturday Cruise from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec 10; and the Annual Cookiefest from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Are you excited yet? For more information, visit

28 Nov, 2016 No Comments

Successful Events In Downtown Sebring

What a great couple of months for Downtown Sebring, where such dedicated individuals combine their time and efforts to successfully coordinate a number of popular events. Recently, The Historic Circle played host to the “Halloween On The Circle” event hosted by The Sebring Partnership, the “50th Annual Fine Arts Festival” hosted by the Highlands Art League and the “6th Annual Crazy Pepper Chili Cook Off” hosted by the Rotary Club of Highlands County which thousands of people took part in the events, both as participants and spectators.
Halloween On The Circle brought approximately 6,000 people to the Downtown Sebring. The Fine Arts Festival had the circle full of eye candy and the Crazy Pepper Chili Cook-Off had the smell of tasty chili in the air while the great Justin Grimes performed live. Many thanks to everybody who participated and attended these, and future events, held in Historic Downtown Sebring. Be sure to stay informed of Downtown Sebring’s updates and monthly events at
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18 Nov, 2016 No Comments

Annual Cookiefest Lets Kids Explore Holiday Culinary Art



SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2016) – The Highlands Art League is pleased to host the Fourth Annual Cookiefest on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10:00 a.m.-Noon at its Visual Art Center (behind the Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop; 1989 Lakeview Drive, Sebring) located on the shores of Lake Jackson in Downtown Sebring’s Allen Altvater Cultural Center.

Kids of all ages can find their inner pastry chef and artist at Cookiefest where they will decorate cookies with local celebrity Chef Mac Gentlemen, as well as create holiday art with the Highlands Art League. They will also have the opportunity to write letters to Santa.  No registration is required.  Admission is free thanks to the sponsorships of Homes by Handley and The Palms of Sebring.

For general information about the Highlands Art League or its classes, visit or call (863) 385-6682.

09 Nov, 2016 No Comments

50th Annual Fine Arts Festival Winners Announced; Local Cowboy Wins Best in Show

SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 9, 2016) – Nearly 80 established and emerging fine artists and crafters from the U.S. participated in one of Florida’s longest consecutive running art festivals in historic downtown Sebring on Nov. 5-6. With more than $6,000 in cash awards for juried artists and scholarships for emerging artists, the 50th Annual Highlands Fine Arts Festival, presented by Duke Energy, kicked off the holiday gift-buying season with the area’s most popular art event.  In addition to the Circle of Artists, the Festival included the Emerging Artist category; Children’s Street & Tent, Culinary Street and the new Chamber of Commerce Street; live music and kids art & craft activities.
Original works and limited editions of fine art in all media, including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and mixed media were on display and available for purchase and judging.  Ann Larsen, director of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College, served as this year’s Festival Judge.
Hobby Campbell, a Sebring cowboy and cowboy artist, won Best in Show above artists from around the state and country.  The judge said she felt like she walked onto a cattle ranch when she walked into his booth. Artists were judged both on quality of their art and booth presentation. 
The following winners were announced and presented with a ribbon and cash awards during the Festival:
  • Best in Show ($2,000): Hobby Campbell of Sebring, FL – acrylic painting
  • Judge’s Choice ($400): Bottery Art of Ft. Lauderdale, FL – leather goods
  • 2D Category:  1st Place ($700): John Cheng of Corum, NY – Drawing & Watercolor; 2nd Place ($400): Anthony Moore of Tampa, FL -2D Graphics; 3rd Place ($200): Jinsheng Song of Fort McCoy, FL – Oil Painting.
  • 3D Category:  1st Place ($700): Arthur Mulkey of Sebring, FL – mixed media; 2nd Place ($400): Carl Weeks of Wauchula, FL – wood works; 3rd Place ($200): DG Stern of Orlando, FL – baskets.
  • People’s Choice ($100): Cindy Rose of Sebring, FL – photography.
  • Emerging Artists: Theo Juliano, a student at Sebring High School (Pottery), and Sonnimar Cabrera, a student at Avon Park High School (Sculpture) were the Emerging Artist winners.  Each Emerging Artist won a $500 scholarship courtesy of the Jarrett Family Foundation. The South Florida State College (SFSC) Foundation will match each scholarship with an additional $500 if the student attends SFSC.
Thank you to this year’s Festival sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Duke Energy
Media Sponsor: Highlands News-Sun
Platinum Sponsors: Sebring CRA & Florida Department of Cultural Affairs
Gold Sponsors: Alan Jay Auto Network, Florida Hospital & City of Sebring
Silver Sponsors: Annett Bus Lines, The Palms of Sebring, South Florida State College, Heartland Real Estate Corp, Taylor Oil Co, Inc., Glades Electric Cooperative, Inc., Turner Furniture Company, Inc., Walmart, Publix Charities, Jarrett Family Foundation, John Palmer Electric, Palmer Ace Hardware & Wauchula State Bank
Bronze Sponsors: Heacock Insurance Group, Inc., Polston Engineering , Inc., Millers Central Air Inc., Gulf Coast Supply & Mfg., Laye’s Tire Service, Eye Specialists of Mid-Florida, Bagwell Lumber & Sherwin Williams
Hotel Sponsor: Inn on the Lakes
In-Kind Sponsors: PS Signs, Firehouse Billboards and Frames & Images
Applications for the 2017 festival are available by contacting HAL at or (863) 385-6682.
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31 Oct, 2016 No Comments

Celebrate Fall For Downtown

 The  Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites you to Celebrate “Fall For Downtown” in Downtown Sebring during the month of November 2016. Join us as small businesses unite in an effort to create a friendly environment with special offers and activities for all.


Feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter and get the news sent directly to your email. “Sign Me Up”

Visit our monthly theme promotion page to learn more about events and promotional offers occurring in downtown Sebring throughout the month of November 2016.


10 Oct, 2016 No Comments

Tanglewood Art League Featured as HAL’s Yellow House Gallery October Artists of the Month

The Highlands Art League’s Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop is celebrating the original artwork of the Tanglewood Art League, who are the Gallery’s.  Their work will be on display all month with an Opening Reception scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14 from 5-8 PM. 
The Tanglewood Art League is a group of artists and photographers who are passionate about art in all forms.  Started in 2008, they have grown to 40+ members.  Their work encompasses all mediums such as oil pastels, watercolor, mixed media, acrylic, fiber art, and writing.  There will be at least 20 of the Tanglewood Artists featured at the Yellow House Gallery for the  October Exhibit. President of Tanglewood Art League, Norma Evans, is a volunteer at Highlands Art league and she will be one of the artists with work on exhibit. 
“We are thrilled to showcase this diverse groups of artists at the Yellow House Gallery,” said HAL President Barb Hall.  “We invite everyone to stop by the Yellow House and meet our many talented, local artists.”
On Friday, Oct. 14, the Yellow House will hold a reception from 5:00-8:00 PM celebrating the original artwork of the Tanglewood Art League.  The Artist of the Month Reception is sponsored by:  Dell Realty Team of Heartland Real Estate Corp  The Yellow House Gallery is open Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm,  and Saturdays 10am-2p.m.
Please plan to stop by the Yellow House Gallery at 1989 Lakeview Drive and enjoy the Studio Artists and Members’ Gallery.  Admission to the reception is free and will feature live music by Steve Jones, as well as refreshments and wine.  For information, visit or call the Yellow House at (863) 385-6682.