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August 31, 2008

Fun at Flatlanders

LAKELAND — The 38th Annual Flatlanders Fall Frolic in Downtown Lakeland was a fun-filled day Saturday with races, arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and homemade food and beverages.

The day started bright and early with the Dawg-Gone Good Race, which consisted of a 5K Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run.

Later, Eryka Fricke, 17, was named Miss Flatlanders Fall Frolic 2008, defeating two other competitors. Fricke served cold beverages to the Flatlanders Frolic visitors while out with the community. “This has been fun. It was good, and this was my first time being in the competition.” In addition to the title, Fricke received roses and four gift cards.

David Courson of Unique Design of Douglas has been a vendor at the Flatlanders Frolic since 2001, selling cheerleader and novelty bows and ribbons. “This year’s Frolic has had a steady crowd all day, although the move to this area may have hurt business a little. But everyone seems to be enjoying themselves and shopping,” said Courson. Unique Designs’ popular merchandise is sold to businesses as far away as Texas and to two shops in Great Britain.

Sam Allen enjoyed the Flatlanders Frolic for the first time during his retirement from the Valdosta City School System. “This has been a great experience. I didn’t realize it was so large with so many different vendors and a variety of merchandise,” said Allen, who purchased a decorative cane from one vendor.

Sandra Allen said, “I’ve enjoyed myself. We have shopped at many of the vendors here, and plan to come back again.”

Evette Waters and Ruth Council, assisting Velma Calhoun of Lakeland, were present at the Frolic to conduct voters registration. “We are doing voting registration with the determination to increase productivity in the area of voting and civic participation,” said Council.

Liviana E. Sirmans of Ooak Reborn Dolls sold her life-like dolls of different ethnic groups during the event. “I don’t have any training, I’m not an artist,” said Sirmans, “I have sold tables of dolls. At the Flatlanders Frolic’s other location, I sold all of my dolls.” Sirmans has been displaying her life-like dolls, some with mechanical motions, for three years at the Frolic.

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