Terrace Community Arts Festival
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
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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