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Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival

In 1977 TTWC was asked to assume the responsibility for a Temple Terrace Arts and Crafts Show that was started at the Community Church in 1974. It had rapidly grown in those three years becoming too large to continue holding it on church property. TTWC members took responsibility for the festival and enlisted the help of The Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club and Kiwanis Club to work with the Parks and Recreation Department chairman and his assistant. The Art Show was renamed ‘The Temple Terrace Community Arts Festival’, moved to Riverhills Park where adequate exhibition space and parking were available and held the first weekend in November. Exhibitors numbered 125 that first year.

TTWC members manned the information and food booths, donating homemade desserts. A luncheon was held for the judges, prize money and ribbons were awarded. The festival was so successful that it became a permanent project of TTWC Club and is held every year in November at the Riverhills Park. While it is now a separate entity, TTWC designates members to serve on the Board that governs the Festival. TTWC members still give many hours of service to this project.
Proceeds realized from this festival were used for ribbons and monetary awards and also to enhance the show. Some of these early enhancements included bringing electrical lines into the park, painting the public restrooms and adding some landscaping. A large banner advertising the festival was purchased and used over the busy intersection to advertise the event. Several Art scholarships have been awarded to students as a result of this event.  In 1994 the Festival Committee commissioned Charles Fager of he University of South Florida to create a multi-colored sculpture called ‘Origami’ which was donated to the City and erected on the Family Recreation Complex building in Temple Terrace.

An unusual event took place at the 21st festival in 1994. A reception was held to honor the exhibitors on Saturday night in the concessionaire’s tent where they could mingle and congratulate the winners of the show. Most of the exhibitors said they had never been invited to a special event like this in other shows. It is estimated that on an average, more than 20,000 people attend this two day festival every year and approximately 170 artists and craftsmen exhibit in the show.

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