SEMINOLE – The city’s 2013 Pow Wow Festival was set in motion last week when the City Council approved an engagement contract for midway rides with Tip Top Shows of Riverview.
The festival, which is held annually at the Seminole Recreation Center, will take place March 8-10.
As in past years, the contract calls for Tip Top to provide carnival midway rides and games. The schedule is Friday, March 8, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Best of all, it doesn’t cost the city a dime. Revenue generated from the rides is shared with Tip Top.
The agreement calls for Tip Top to pay the city 30 percent of receipts up to $20,000 and 32 percent for anything above $20,000. It also calls for Tip Top to pay the city $100 for each game and concession wagon it operates.
According to additional terms, Tip Top agrees to operate a minimum of 20 rides, a minimum of 10 games and one popcorn concession wagon. Of the 20 rides, 12 must be school-age rides and eight for preschoolers.
Tip Top also must provide the city with a certificate showing its is covered for a minimum of $1 million in liability insurance.
In other action, councilors:
• Approved a 2012-13 vehicle use agreement with the Pinellas County School Board that provides the city with buses for its summer camp and holiday camp programs.
• Passed on first reading ordinances providing annexation to the city for homes at 10863 111th St. N., 10791 Village Green Ave., and 10012 130th Ave.
In other news, City Manager Frank Edmunds said plans are under way for a reception to honor former city Mayor Jimmy Johnson, who retired recently due to health reasons. The date is tentatively set for Sunday, Jan. 27 during the afternoon at the Seminole Community Library. More details will be forthcoming.
City Councilor Thomas Barnhorn is running for second vice president of the Florida League of Cities. He currently serves on the organization’s board of directors.