The Caladium Festival

29th Annual Caladium Festival

Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.,  Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Event Location – Devane Park

Lake Placid, Florida and surrounding Highlands County is blessed with natural beauty, rich soil, and energetic and creatively talented people. We expanded our popular Caladium Festival to include other interesting and significant aspects of our economy, heritage, and culture. Please make plans to join us!

 

Our Annual Caladium Festival Features:

  • Car Show Application
  • Dr. Tom McDonald 5K Race
  • Floral Arrangement Competition
  • Art & Craft booths, Food & Entertainment
  • Area’s Growing Grape Industry Wine Display
  • Florida Friendly Landscape & Ornamental Plants
  • Caladium Festival Art Competition
  • Caladium Field Bus Tours

& Much More!

CALADIUM FESTIVAL CAR & BIKE SHOW REGISTRATION

• Entry Fee Pre-registration $15.00
Pre-Registration closes 7/25 noon
Day of show – $20.00
• Dash Plaques and Goody Bags to
the first 150 registered vehicles
• Live Music & Food
• Follow the Car Show Signs from
US Highway 27 to DeVane Park

Caladium Festival 5K Race

July 27, 2019 7:00 AM. (start)
Registration closes 6:30AM
First Presbyterian Church
118 N Oak Ave., Lake Placid
For More Info Call 863-465-2742

Caladium Festival Art Contest 2019

Winning artwork will be used to promote the 2020 Caladium Festival. All Artwork MUST Feature Caladiums

Vendors

Would you like to be a part of the 2019 Festival? Please download the vendor application and mail it in. For Chamber members, click here to download your application. For questions, please email Margie at margiecallas@gmail.com. 

 

CALADIUM HISTORY

Caladiums were first grown in the Lake Placid area in the early 1940’s. The industry began to expand in the 1950’s and today consists of over 1200 acres. This acreage is owned and managed by 14 families, some of which have been producing caladiums for over 40 years. Several of the families have the third generation in the business. Caladiums are increasingly popular as landscape plants as their use is becoming more widely known. Much of the popularity is due to the bright color of the leaves, the versatility of the plant, and its simple growing requirements. They are a shade loving plant from the rainforests of the Amazon basin. The plant has no pests and does not require any insecticide treatment or fertilization. The leaves are its feature and they are odor free. Potted plants as well as cut leaves make beautiful arrangements and are long lasting with proper care.

The caladiums are grown in large fields which have been compared to the tulip fields in Holland for their beauty during the summer months.  Many visitors have stated that the drive by the fields is worth the trip to Lake Placid. The patchwork of color of over 40 varieties of red, white, and pink, and all combinations of the colors is truly a handiwork of art.

Learn more about how the Caladium Festival began…

Find Us

18 N Oak Ave, Lake Placid, FL 33852

Call (863) 465-4331 

Get In Touch

We invite you to visit our Chamber office, also referred to as the Welcome Center:

Open: Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. January through March

Open: Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April through December

Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. January through March

 

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