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Welcome to the first Central Florida Spelling Bee

If you can’t use logophile in a sentence – let alone spell it – chances are you aren’t a contestant in the first Central Florida Spelling Bee. On Feb. 8, the best spellers from more than 50 schools in 15 counties converge on the Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City....

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Run 863 returns to the backstreets of Polk County

Polk County’s race series is back to challenge runners again this year. Dubbed Run 863, the four race series started last year. Competitors who finish three of the four races receive a special commemorative medal. The series starts with the 90th anniversary Carillon...

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Escape winter with a taste of Central Florida at TigerFest

Maybe they come for the orange juice. Or the player autographs. Perhaps it’s the Detroit Tigers tote bags, presented by Visit Central Florida. Or the chance to finally meet Paws. A sell-out crowd is expected for the annual TigerFest, held at Comerica Park in Detroit,...

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More than 75 softball teams on fields this weekend

They may no longer be the Boys of Summer, but that hasn’t changed their determination out on the diamond. More than 75 softball teams from throughout Florida come to Lakeland and Winter Haven this weekend for a tournament for players as young as 60. Organized by...

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Birthday golf event raises funds for scholarships

BARTOW – Once again, some of the greatest golfers in the history of Polk County will gather as part of a community fundraiser in honor of the area’s black golf pioneer, Herbert Dixon, as he nears his 100th birthday. The annual Herbert Dixon Charity Golf Tournament, to...

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Fieldhouse of Dreams breaks ground

As the shovels broke ground on an empty plot of land near the Chain O’ Lakes Complex in Winter Haven, the clock started on a project that will cause a seismic shift in the type of events Polk County Tourism and Sports Marketing recruits. “I don’t think people realize...

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