With last Saturday’s weather forecasts nearing 100% chance of rain and thunderstorms, Havana’s merchants had the difficult task of making decisions about its Havana Holiday Festival & Lawn Mower Parade, scheduled for that day.
Many organizers met the previous Wednesday evening to collectively decide what to do, especially about the vendors, parade and snow. Those gathered unanimously voted to make the call early Friday morning unless the odds of being rained out dwindled considerably.
They didn’t. First to go was the snow, which costs $3,000 to bring in. Then vendors were called, told it was a no-go for Saturday, and asked if they could make it the following Saturday, December 21st. Only one vendor (out of about 40) could not reschedule, which was amazing.
Forethought by police chief Tracy Smith got a rain date for the 21st from the Florida Department of Transportation, so a permit was given. Parade entrants, bands, JROTC, motorcycles, antique autos and more were also contacted with the same results. Rides were re-booked, sponsors called with the update and many merchants and the town’s marketing team took to the phone lines to try to change advertisements and get media to help get the word out.
All told, hundreds of calls and a whole day was spent on rescheduling the event, with everyone issuing a sigh of relief when it was all done.
So THIS Saturday, December 21st, Havana will host its 9th Annual Havana Holiday Festival & Lawn Mower Parade in the beautiful downtown shopping district. The snow is still being worked on, but there will be all of the fun things and the wacky parade for families to enjoy. Several lucky winners of the decorated lawn mowers and golf carts will have their holiday enhanced with shopping spree prizes in town.
Please show your support for this much-loved holiday event and come out Saturday, December 21st. The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes to 6 p.m. The parade is at 1 p.m., and if the snow can be re-booked, it will blow at 2 p.m. Come one, come all! We can guarantee you it’s unique, fun and entertaining!