The City of Leesburg is hosting the festival in partnership with Lake County to showcase the area’s acres of preserves, forests and passive parklands. With Lake County’s growing reputation as Florida’s premier birding destination, the goal of the festival is to enhance awareness and appreciation of Lake County’s ecotourism, natural resources and quality of life.
With a record 5,000 visitors last year, the festival is an ideal event for vendors to gain an enhanced presence in the region, as well as in the birding and wildlife communities.
Exhibitors specializing in tourism, nature activities, landscaping, gardening, irrigation, hardscapes, horticulture, fertilizer and more are welcome to sign up for this three-day event. Space for single exhibitors costs $100; double, $175; single space food vendors, $100 and single space not-for-profits, $25. Exhibitors and vendors must keep their booths open during all festival hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16.
If applying in person or by mail, include the completed application, found online at www.wingsandwildflowers.com/ExhibitorVendorInformation, a certificate of insurance and check payable to “City of Leesburg,” Attn: Wings and Wildflowers Festival – Ryan Rinaldo, 1851 Griffin Road, Leesburg, FL 34748. Completed applications may also be emailed to Ryan.Rinaldo@leesburgflorida.gov, and exhibitors/vendors paying by credit card can do so by calling 352-728-9885. Exhibitor and vendor applications and payment must be received by Friday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m.
Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 21,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water, wastewater and fiber-optic public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.