Photo courtesy of the CAREER ACADEMIES OF SEMINOLE
The Voices of Jazz, a 21-piece jazz band, will perform at the Career Academies of Seminole Nov. 9 Seminole Jazz Blast & Crafts Festival.
SEMINOLE – The Career Academies of Seminole will host its second annual Seminole Jazz Blast & Crafts Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Voices of Jazz, a 21-piece jazz band, will perform, and there will be arts, crafts and food vendors from throughout the area. Attendees also can hop on a hayride, visit the petting zoo or sponsor a CAS animal.
All money raised will be used to care for the animals that live on the school’s campus year-round.
“It is costly,” said Barbara Clare, CAS director. “It takes a lot of money to care for the animals, especially the large animals, and especially the horses.”
Last year’s event, held in February, drew about 650 attendees – which is impressive considering the last-minute bad weather that came to the area, Clare said – and raised just under $2,000.
Clare said she hopes to see the event continue to grow and become an annual community-wide event.
“We have such beautiful grounds here,” she said, it’s perfect for an outdoor festival.
The event comes on the heels of the school’s rebranding over the summer; it changed its name from Seminole Vocational Education Center to Career Academies of Seminole as of July 1 in an effort to improve its image in the community and attract new students.
So far, “people have embraced the new name,” Clare said. “We’re getting a lot of positive comments.”
The school, which sits on 47 mostly undeveloped acres, opened in 1961. As it has evolved over the years, it initially offered alternative agriculture and horticulture classes to Seminole and Largo high school students. Today, it has diversified its programming, adding construction and carpentry, electricity, commercial and digital arts, energy solutions, and environmental technology.
“So it has a lot of history and tradition in Seminole,” Clare said. “Long-timers” still affectionately refer to it as “The Ag Farm,” she added, referring to its original name, the Largo-Seminole Agriculture Center. “So we just call it Career Academies of Seminole, home of ‘The Ag Farm.’”
Clare said CAS is still accepting applications from all types of vendors for the event. The CAS campus is located at 12611 86th Ave.
For more information about becoming a vendor or the event, visit www.mysvec.com or call 545-6405.