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Local News Exhibits, Fireworks, Music Scheduled for First SunFest By Edgar Sanchez Staff Wrttr Fireworks, a boat show and hydroplane races will be among the features of the first SunFest, a 10-day outdoor festival beginning May 6 in downtown West Palm Beach, organizers announced yesterday. "This will be a celebration of all the things that make Palm Beach County so special," SunFest Chairman William E. Finley said during a press conference on the Island Queen pad-dleboat. "It will give everyone a chance to come out and see what a historical and colorful area Palm Beach County really is." SunFest will be held on a 1-mile stretch of lakefront along North Flagler Drive between Second Street and the Royal Park Bridge. It replaces the Royal Palm Festival, which was held in West Palm Beach every summer since 1977. The old event, designed to lure business to downtown West Palm Beach, outlived its mission after much of the downtown converted from retail shopping to offices, Finley said. Community leaders decided to create the new nonprofit festival for the fun of it, said Finley, president of 'This will be a celebration of all the things that make Palm Beach County so special. It will give everyone a chance to come out and see what a historical and colorful area Palm Beach County really is.' William E. Finley, Bankers Land Co. in Palm Beach Gardens. Starting 19 days after the Palm Beach Festival concludes and running through May 15, SunFest will feature food, music, dancing and entertainment, along with a variety of exhibits, activities and special events. There will be roving clowns, mimes and magicians, an antique car show, fireworks displays, hydroplane races, a regatta and water taxi service to a bar on the Intracoastal Waterway. Exhibits will include an art show, a boat show, a health pavilion, a children's zoo and theater, pavilions featuring international foods and an exhibit about the sun by the Palm Beach County Science Museum and Plane tarium. Other attractions will be a wine garden, a carousel and a floating stage. There will be no admission charge to most of the exhibits: Financing for SunFest is being secured through special fund-raisers and through corporate sponsorships. The first corporate sponsor, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of the Palm Beaches, has made a three-year commitment. SunFest will have a volunteer board of directors, with planning and implementation by volunteer professionals from many sectors. "A small army of people is helping plan SunFest, but we need many more volunteers," said Hank Skokowski, SunFest's design manager. Anyone wishing to volunteer services should call 833-3711. The first fund-raiser will be a March 26-27 air show featuring aerial stunts by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and other performers, including Bob Bishop, pilot of the world's smallest jet, and wing walkers Jim Franklin and Johny Kazian. The show will be over the air strip on PGA Boulevard, 1 mile west of Florida's Turnpike, across from PGA National. Tickets will be $5 in advance and $7.50 at the gate. For more information, call 832-4107.

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  1. The Palm Beach Post,
  2. 10 Feb 1983, Thu,
  3. Page 204

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