The 46th annual Seminole Pow Wow Festival is Friday through Sunday, March 7-9.
SEMINOLE - Welcome to the 46th Annual Pow Wow Festival and Parade, Friday through Sunday, March 7-9! We have a lot to offer this year at our annual community-wide festival.
The Pow Wow Festival will again be the result of a lot of hard work by a volunteer committee of community members.
These folks have volunteered countless hours to assure that this event is extra special. I would like to especially recognize the following 2014 Committee Members for their efforts:
• Sponsorship Committee: Susan Sousa and Eileen Newsome.
• Festival Parade Committee: Duane Crandall, Doc Kinsey, Bill Barbosa and Jacob Valintine.
• Entertainment Committee: Kacy Little, Dorie Michalik and Jacob Valintine.
• Volunteers/Hospitality: Dottie Reeder, Jelene Mingo, Carolyn Smith, Jerry Milot and Barbara Allen Liberatore.
• Festival Ecology: David Kinsey and Gerry Kinsey.
• Public Relations/Marketing: Jacob Valintine, Becky Gunter and Dovile Koveraite.
• Chamber of Commerce: Gretchen Wells.
• St. Petersburg College: Dorie Michalik.
The Pow Wow Festival Committee continues to engage Seminole-based civic organizations to enhance the overall festival experience.
In 2014, we have community partners that include: Rotary Club of Seminole (Beer Garden), Seminole Chamber of Commerce (Promotions), St. Petersburg College (Parking), Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast (Pancake Breakfast), Friends of Library (soda sales) and Seminole Kiwanis Evening Club (Truck Pull Competition).
The traditional Carnival Midway will again include a separate carnival area for our younger attendees. The Planning Committee has scheduled some terrific musical entertainment on the Beef‘O’Brady’s of Seminole stage for your listening pleasure.
On Friday night, we will feature the local teen Rebekah Reid at 6:30 p.m. Closing Friday night’s entertainment is a band who performs a wide range of music from country hits to old classics and contemporary hits. Troy Duncan takes the Beef‘O’Brady’s stage at 8:30 p.m.
As always, the Festival will showcase its community through the Waste Management Pow Wow Parade. This year’s Waste Management Parade theme is “Celebrate Those Who Serve.” This year the Parade expects to see many wonderful community-based parade units that will include businesses, local civic groups, nonprofit organizations, churches and many youth groups. New this year is the Bow Wow Dog Parade that will lead the parade. For parade information, visit www.powwowfestival.com.
While here on Saturday morning, you will want to join the Seminole Kiwanis Club Breakfast for their annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. in the Recreation Center auditorium. Returning this year is the Seminole Historic Society’s Mini Museum in the Recreation Center Lobby.
Saturday’s featured entertainment will start with Frank Cannon performing at 1 p.m., followed by a newcomer Sean Michael Trio, at 3:30 p.m. Also new to our stage, Arthur Z Band will perform at 6 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the Beef’O’Brady’s stage welcomes Sounds of Soul, a Motown band known for getting the crowd on the dance floor. Ending a great day of fun is the festival fireworks, which will take place at 8:45 p.m. Eagle Crest Realty & New Penn Financial presents this year’s fireworks show.
Returning on Sunday to Family Fun Day will be the Kiwanis Club of Seminole showcasing the seventh annual Fire Truck Pull competition, along with a variety of community youth groups performing on the festival stage.
Special thanks to our festival sponsors: Waste Management, Beef’O’Brady’s of Seminole, Eagle Crest Realty, BB&T Authentic Martial Arts, Faith Presbyterian Church & Preschool, New Penn Financial, and Senior Connection Magazine. We appreciate them as partners and major sponsors of the 2014 Pow Wow Festival.
Each year this community-wide event also requires the support of many members of the Seminole area business community for sponsorship. Year in and year out, these business partners have provided their support through financial contributions and in-kind products and services.
How it all began ...
The Seminole Pow Wow Festival was started in 1967 by the fire department and the Seminole High School Warhawks Booster Club.
Seminole was not a city yet. Holland Mangum was the president of the volunteer firefighters. His wife, Cat, read an article in the Seminole Courier, which is now the Seminole Beacon, reporting that the Warhawks stadium at Seminole High School needed money to be completed.
To build a fence around the stadium would cost $1,600. Mangum thought of having a fundraiser through the fire department to raise the money, and it was his wife’s suggestion to name it Pow Wow.
A parade was added to the day, and the booster club and firefighters served chicken dinners at Station 29 on 113th Street, raising $2,100.
After paying for the fence, the extra money was put into a fund for the next year, and the Pow Wow Festival and Parade became a community tradition.
The small-town festival has grown over the years and now includes the parade, a carnival, community events and restaurateurs and has grown to a weekend-long festivity.
Pow Wow Festival, Parade schedule
Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex 9100 113th St., Seminole Call 391-8345 or visit
• 5 p.m. – Festival and midway opens ($20 armbands, unlimited rides) • 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Rebekah Reid, on stage • 8:30 to 11 p.m. – Troy Duncan Band, on stage • 11 p.m. – Midway closes
SATURDAY, MARCH 8
• 7 to 11 a.m. – Annual Kiwanis pancake breakfast, presented by the Kiwanis Club of Seminole Breakfast in the Recreation Center auditorium. Admission is $5. • 10 a.m. to noon – Bark Life Bow Wow Parade followed by the Seminole Pow Wow Festival Parade • 10 a.m. – Midway opens ($20 armbands, unlimited rides) • 1:30 to 3 p.m. – Frank Cannon, on stage • 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Sean and the Riders, on stage • 6 to 8 p.m. – Arthur Z Band, on stage • 8:30 to 11 p.m. – Sounds of Soul, on stage • 9 p.m. – Fireworks spectacular, presented by Eagle Crest Realty/Preferred Trust • 11 p.m. – Midway closes
Family Fun Day • 1 to 3 p.m. – Kiwanis Truck Pull competition, presented by the Seminole Kiwanis Club • 7 p.m. – Midway closes.
Musical lineup offers a variety of styles
• Friday, 6:30 p.m. - Rebekah Reid Rebekah Reid, a 15-year-old student at Osceola Fundamental High School, kicks off the entertainment at the 2014 Pow Wow Festival. Though she’s born and raised in Seminole and lives near the beaches, she is all country at heart.
Her musical interest started when she sang in her church and school choirs, which led to her participating at both County and State levels. She went on to teach herself to play guitar.
Reid wrote her first song, “Moving On,” in 2012, which she performed to win the 2012 City of Seminole Talent Contest. She also performed at last year’s Pow Wow festival and is a regular fixture at The Blowfish Bar & Grill. For more information, visit www.rebekahreid.com.
• Friday, 8:30 p.m. - Troy Duncan Band Area music fans might remember The Troy Duncan Band from last year’s Pow Wow Festival or their previous Music in the Park appearances. The band features Troy Duncan on vocals and guitar, who is supported by Jeff Strickland (lead guitar), Robert Burns (bass) and Pat Ranieri (drums).
• Saturday, 1:30 p.m. - Frank Cannon Local crooner Frank Cannon gets the entertainment started on Saturday at the Pow Wow Festival. This one-man show provides music for all occasions – songs from the ’50s and ’60s, hits by Elvis, country, gospel and charted hits. Though Cannon’s music is pre-recorded, his lead vocals are all live. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/pages/Frank-Cannon-Entertainment/154110134656045.
• Saturday, 3:30 p.m. - Sean and the Riders
This local band features Sean Michael McQuiston on guitar and vocals, Dylan Michael Beeles on drums and keyboards, and Sean Wallace on bass. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/therockintrio.
• Saturday, 6 p.m. - Arthur Z Band
The Arthur Z Band features audience-interactive vocalists, award-winning instrumentalists and are the first choice of the most critical music lovers. The band’s members have performed with Brown Mark (Prince) and Bobby Hendricks (The Drifters), and have made guest appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The Wayne Brady Show” with Sheila E. They’ve also performed during half-time shows at Madison Square Garden and The Central Florida Music Festival as well as a plethora of events including weddings, corporate events, private parties and local hangouts such as the Green Iguana in Hula Bay, Tampa’s Channelside and Ybor City.
The Arthur Z Band’s style covers a wide range of music including top hits in different genres from the last few decades. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/thearthurzband.
• Saturday, 8:30 p.m. - Sounds of Soul
Get ready to relive the hits of Motown and beyond, as this exciting, high-energy group unleashes superior vocals and slick dance moves powered by pure soul. The Sounds of Soul have been delighting audiences across the nation since 1996. The group is composed of six seasoned performers who have excelled as outstanding singers, dancers and songwriters. Each member has shared the national recording spotlight driven by the power of Capital Records, Big Apple Records and R & S Records, to name a few.
Their show is a combination of Motown classics mixed with some of the greatest songs of all time. Get ready to soak in the hits of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White and more. For more information, visit www.thesoundsofsoul.com.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole Pancake Day
The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole will hold its 33rd annual Pancake Day on Saturday, March 8, 7 to 11 a.m., at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.
Since the group started the pancake tradition, approximately 29,000 pancakes have been served.
Breakfast will include all the pancakes you can eat in two different flavors, a choice of toppings, sausage and beverage (fresh orange juice, coffee, or milk). Live entertainment acts will perform while guests dine. Free books for children of all ages will be distributed.
Tickets for the breakfast are $5 for adults and $3 for children 5 to 10 years old. Children 4 and younger eat for free. Tickets can be purchased at First Home Bank in Seminole by contacting Charlene Jasmin at 399-5602, or at the door.
Due to the closure of 113th Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. for the Pow Wow Parade, the public will be able to access the Pancake Day event via the Ridge Road gate entrance on the west side of St. Petersburg College. Parking for the event is free and available at the adjacent St. Petersburg College and Seminole Community Library. A golf cart shuttle service to the main entrance will be provided (donations welcomed).
All proceeds raised from the event will be used to help support the Kiwanis Breakfast Club’s “Just One Book” and “Reading is Fun-damental” programs and its many other community service projects through its 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation. For more information, contact Green at 504-4342.
Inaugural Bow Wow Parade
The Seminole Pow Wow is teaming up with Bark Life to present the first-ever Bow Wow Parade. The dog-friendly event will kick-off the annual Pow Wow Parade Saturday, March 8. Dogs and their owners will line up between 9 and 9:30 a.m. at the Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N. The parade, which will walk up 113th Street toward the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center auditorium, 9100 113th St. N., will begin at 9:50 a.m. and be over by about 10:30 a.m.
Anyone with a well-mannered dog, whether you’re walking with your own dogs or you’re part of a rescue group, is welcome to join the parade. Any aggressive or out-of-control dogs will be asked not to participate for safety reasons. No flex leads allowed; leashes must be between 2-feet to 6-feet long. Bark Life is located at 11220 Park Blvd. Call 399-3647 for more information.
Pow Wow Festival parade
Final preparations have been made for this year’s Pow Wow Festival parade, which will roll down 113th Street on Saturday, March 8 shortly after the Bark Life Bow Wow Parade. The official Pow Wow Parade begins at 10 a.m.
Parade director Duane Crandall said this year’s event includes about 75 units, as it did last year. Both the Seminole High School and Osceola Fundamental High School marching bands will march and perform along the route.
Parade spectators should arrive by 9:15 a.m., as 113th Street will be closed promptly at 9:30 a.m. All spectators are asked to view the parade from the east side of 113th Street and avoid the center median.
As in the past, throwing of beads and other items from parade units is strictly prohibited. Freebies must be handed out by parade participants along the route.
Seminole Historical Society’s display
Learn about the city’s early days at the Seminole Historical Society’s display during the Pow Wow Festival. The mini-museum will be on display at the Howard G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N., Saturday, March 8, 8 to 11 a.m.
The society will set up maps, charts, historical objects and a collection of memorabilia, all of which will eventually find its way into the planned museum. Located within Seminole City Park on Ridge Road – itself an area of historic significance – the museum will occupy almost half of the former City Hall Building.
The city is reconfiguring the structure to accommodate the museum, as well as a large multi-
purpose room for municipal and community use. The project of remodeling the building is on track for completion later this year, after which the society will install displays and furnishings.
Historical Society members will be on hand during the Pow Wow to discuss the display, Seminole history or sign up new members at $10 a year for individuals or couples and $25 a year for families and businesses. Lifetime memberships are available for $100. The Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month (except during summer months and December) at 7 p.m. in Room 210B of the Recreation Center. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Meet the mayor
Meet Mayor Leslie Waters at the Seminole Pow Wow Festival on Saturday, March 8. Waters will be located at the Friends of the Library refreshment wagon across from the ticket booth. “The Pow Wow Festival is such a great family fun festival,” Mayor Waters said. “Please join me for some refreshments and take a few minutes to share with me opinions for a better Seminole.” For more information, call 391-0204.
Kiwanis Fire Truck Pull
One of the highlights of each year’s Pow Wow Festival is the Kiwanis Club of Seminole’s fire truck pull, Pulling for Kids. This year the annual event is Sunday, March 9, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, 9200 113th St. N., south parking lot.
This fundraiser benefits several of the club’s projects, including the Key Club at Seminole High School, the Builders Club at Seminole Middle School, K-Kids at Bauder Elementary School, Every Child a Swimmer and Horses for the Handicapped.
Teams of either six to eight adults or 10 to 12 teens compete against one another in the pull. Winners will be determined by time over a measured distance. For more information, call Wayne Madascy at 253-1066.