Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Announces 2018 Official Poster Contest

FORT MYERS, FL (April 18, 2017) The Edison Festival of Light is calling for entries for the 2018 Official Poster in celebration of the  80th Anniversary of the Edison Festival to be held in February 10-18, 2018.  Artists and graphic designers are welcome to submit entries for the competition.  The art can be of any medium and must be a completely original concept not used in other posters, promotions, events organizations, or materials.    The deadline for submissions is at noon on June 15, 2017.

The Edison Festival of Light is the largest and longest running festival in Southwest Florida.  Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival recognizes  the inventions of Thomas Edison, along with his contributions to Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The artwork should represent the activities and events of the Edison Festival, the contributions and/or images of Thomas Edison, and imagery of Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.  The poster is used for advertising the festival and in merchandising products and opportunities.  Entries will be considered based on concept, artistic imagery, visual presentation, and merchandising opportunities.

Detailed information on the contest rules and submission methods can be found at this link.

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values. For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

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Lee County Students Qualify for the International Science Fair

The Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science & Inventors Fair is excited to announce that Lee County students have qualified for the International Science Fair. The TAERSIF organized events are a sanctioned part of the Edison Festival of Light each year and highlight the talented minds of some of our area’s brightest students.

The following students received top honors at the Thomas Alva Edison Regional Science and Engineering Fair and at the 62nd Annual State Science and Engineering Fair, and now their projects qualify to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA in May.

Dahlia Dry of Fort Myers High School, is a 10th grader in the IB program.  She designed and conducted her project on her own.  Her project, “Looking into the Past for Insight on the Future: Predictive Analytics and Data Science for Time Series Data”, uses data generated with a Raspberry pi and then adapted a financial projection program to see if she could predict wind shifts in a more localized area.  Dahlia is an avid competitive sailor and is interested in predicting wind shifts for sailing.  She placed 3rd in the State Science Fair, she is a State Finalist and an FGCU Scholarship recipient.

Jash Patel, Ethan Leung & Shaan Chaudhari of Fort Myers High School, placed 4th, in Physics & Astronomy (Senior Division), at the State Science Fair.  All three young men are in the IB program at Fort Myers High, they each won FGCU Scholarships for their project, “Effects of Neodymium Magnetic Fields in Rhizochlonium Algae”.  The project used small, but powerful, neodymium magnets to generate a magnetic field around growing algae.  Their project also placed 2nd Runner Up in the Physical Science Division.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of Society for Science & the Public (the Society), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition.

Each year, approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.

Intel ISEF unites these top young scientific minds, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral level scientists review and judge their work.

This news story was originally posted at http://www.leeschools.net/news?ID=3FB5A367-FCD1-469C-8923-F037F365DFDA

Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Announces Parades Broadcast Schedule

FORT MYERS, FL (March 1, 2016) Designed to “Illuminate.  Innovate.  Celebrate.” The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces its broadcast schedule for their recent parades.

 

“The Edison Festival parades are great community events designed to involve various organizations and nonprofits and bring out the citizens of Southwest Florida to enjoy and commemorate the works of Thomas Edison,” said Kevin Anderson Board President. “This year’s parades had something for everyone and included new balloons and even traditional ones as Chico’s brought back their shopping bag balloon which was created for this event and not seen in over ten years.”

 

The Junior Parade will be broadcast on Sunday, March 5 from 7pm – 8pm and the Grand Parade of Light will be broadcast on Sunday, March 12 from 7pm – 9pm.  All broadcasts will be on MeTV, which can be found over the air on 26.2, on Comcast Cable 208, Century Link 8, and Marco Island Cable 7.

 

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Sponsors include the City of Fort Myers, Florida Power and Light, Budweiser, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Chico’s FAS Inc., Family Thrift Center, LCEC, MedExpress Urgent Care, Morgan & Morgan, Downtown Property Owner’s Association, Florida Lottery, Fort Myers Pest Control, Wells Fargo, Applebee’s, Pepsi, Lipman Produce, Liberty Tax Service, Rasmussen College, B&I Contractors, and Florida Vacation Auction.  Media Partners include Beasley Radio, Happenings and Family News, iHeartMedia, Lamar, The News-Press, Parent and Child magazine, TOTI publications, and ValPak.

 

For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@EdisonFestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

2017 Crafts on the River Lineup

You can find the following crafters set up in the east end of Centennial Park Friday (10am-5pm), Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (10am-4pm):

 

  1. Gloria Janell
  2. MC Stoneworks LLC
  3. My Urban Poncho
  4. Trophies, Novelties & More
  5. Trophies, Novelties & More
  6. Everything Seaglass
  7. Artsy Jewelz
  8. RachelMade Products, LLC.
  9. David Austin
  10. All Natural Dips
  11. Costco
  12. Treasures
  13. Nectar of the Vine
  14. Freedom Handles
  15. Storm Shield
  16. Piedmont Home & Gift
  17. County Argyle
  18. Simply Savory Gourmet Blends
  19. Simply Savory Gourmet Blends
  20. Moon Shadow Soaps
  21. Inca Expression
  22. N&G Cornhole
  23. JR Designs, LLC.
  24. Linda Popper – Natures Artistry
  25. Cork Time Design
  26. Daydreamer’s Art
  27. Expedia Cruises
  28. Liberty Tax
  29. Amber & Christmas Ornaments
  30. Red Hot Art
  31. The Busted Hourglass
  32. Hey Mon Caribbean Cooking
  33. Bobbie Ferraro
  34. Cozy Quilts & Fabrics
  35. Queen Bee Creative Co.
  36. Trae’s Redneck Steak Beef Jerky
  37. Victor Bradford
  38. Artoons by Full Circle
  39. Flamingo Art Center
  40. Hudson River Inlay
  41. SheCre8s
  42. Ayala’s Aqua Marbles
  43. Gemstones by Nora
  44. Jemhil’s Collection
  45. Kinderdoodles, LLC.
  46. Best Bamboo Bedding
  47. L’Harmonie Jewelry

2017 Junior Parade Award Winners

2017 Junior King & Queen
Queen Chloe Heidt
King Dozier Bartlett

 

If your organization won an award in the parade, you may stop by the Festival office to pick up your trophy. Please call (239) 334-2999 to schedule a time for pickup.

 

Most Outstanding Units
Bayshore Elementary School
Bright Beginnings Preschool
Littleton Elementary School

 

First Place Units
Tri County Challenger Baseball
Meloday Lane Performing Arts Center
Kennedy Family
Evangelical Christian School
Neubert, Underhill, Jolliff & Price Families
Youngblood & Kendrix Family
Spring Family
St. Michael Lutheran School
Family Thrift’s Georgetown Pirates
Fort Myers High School Little Wave

 

Second Place Units
Belinda the Master Stylist
Definitely Dancers/Rhythm in Motion
Pruett Family
Holistic Homeschoolers of SWFL
Greenberg Family
Shultz Family
Holloway, Watkinds & Ward Families

 

 Honorable Mentions
Pelican Elementary School
Lehigh Acres Middle School
Kincaide Family
Sandlin Family
Wright Family
Amati Family
Lucas Family
Gates, May & Didio Families
Lee County Jr. Drill Team
Sharks Lacrosse Team
Oak Hammock Middle School Jr. Leaders Program
American Red Cross
Ride Nature
Watch DOGS
Relevance Community Awana

Street Closings for February 10-12th

Below you can find the streets that will be closed for STEMtastic Day of Discovery, Mutt Strutt, Food Trucks & Craft Beer and the Junior Events.

 

Street Closings:

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 6:00 PM – SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017
Edwards from Heitman to Jackson
Dean from Bay to Edwards
Hendry from Bay to City Pier
Boat Ramp parking lot
City Pier parking lot
Limited access to Post Office parking lot (for business only)

 

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2017
JUNIOR PARADE, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
First Street from Virginia to Heitman (Barricades on all cross streets from McGregor)
First Street from Heitman to Lee (Barricades one block on either side – Second and Bay)

2017 Junior Parade Participants List & Staging Information

The following is a listing of the 2017 Junior Parade participants. If you do not see your name on this list, it is because we did not receive an application from you. List updated 2/8/17 at 3:36pm.

Organization/Group Name

Amati
American Red Cross
Anerican Income Life
Bobbie Noonan Child Care
Bright Beginnings Early School
Caloosa Clown Alley #97
Cub Scout Pack 119
Cub Scouts – Pack 93
Dance Bochette
Definitely Dancers/ Rhythm in Motion
Edison Festival of Light Junior Royalty Float
Edison Ford Winter Estates
Evangelical Christian School (Preschool & Lower School)
Family Thrifts George Town Pirates
Florida Forest Service
Florida USA
Fort Myers High School-Little Wave
Fort Myers Police Department Youth Relations
Fort Myers Skatium Skaters
Gates, May & Didio Families
Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Greenberg Family
Holistic Homeschoolers of SWFL
Holloway, Watkins, and Ward families
Kennedy Family
Kincade Family
Lee County Family News
Lee County Jr. Drill Team
Lee County Sheriff’s Office
Lehigh Acres Middle School
Littleton Elementary Lariats and Lace
Littleton Elementary School
Lucas Family
Mariner Middle School
Melody Lane Performing Arts Center
Miss Florida Global United States
Miss Kellie’s ChildCare
Mutt Strutt
Nascar tribute and truck
Neubert, Underhill, Jolliff, Price
North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
Oak Hammock Middle School Junior Leaders Program
Pelican Elementary
Relevance Community Awana
Ride Nature
scoops on first ice cream
Sharks Lacrosse
SPRING FAMILY
St. Francis Xavier Catholic School
St. Michaels Lutheran School
Tel Air Interests Inc.
The Pruetts
Tri County Challenger Baseball district 18
Watch D.O.G.S.
Whispering Pines Clydesdales
wright
Youngblood Family and Kendrix Family

 

The map below indicates where each group is to stage for the parade.

2017 Junior Parade Staging Map

 

Floats must be in between 10am and 12pm.

All participants must be in their staging area no later than 1:30pm.

Parade begins at 2:30.

PRESS RELEASE: Edison Festival of Light and the Grand Parade of Light Dazzles with Special Guests and Balloons

FORT MYERS, FL (Feb. 6, 2016) It is time to “Illuminate.  Innovate.  Celebrate.” in Southwest Florida.  The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival announces details for the upcoming Festival.  “Our Board of Directors has been working to produce a multitude of fun and exciting events over the next two weeks,” said Kevin Anderson, Edison Festival of Light Board President.

 

The largest event of the Edison Festival, the Grand Parade of Light held on Saturday, Feb. 18 will dazzle downtown Fort Myers and has many new and exciting participants.  The 2017 Grand Marshals are the Cape Coral Little League Senior League World Series Championship team, who beat British Columbia, Canada to win the title.  In addition, the Honorary Grand Marshal is Bobby Nichols, a twelve time PGA Tour champion.  Nichols has held the Nichols Cup Golf Tournament at Fiddlesticks Golf Course for the past 15 years and has donated over $8.2 million for abused and neglected children from the proceeds of the tournament.  “This is quite an honor to be chosen as the Honorary Grand Marshal for this community tradition, “said Nichols.

 

In addition, the Grand Parade of Light will have triple the number of helium balloons as in previous years.  “We are excited that Chico’s is bringing back their shopping bag balloon, which made its debut in this parade a number of years ago,” said Anderson.  In addition, Fort Myers Pest Control will be carrying Jerry the Mouse, of Tom and Jerry cartoon fame, making its debut here in Southwest Florida.  Anderson continued, “These large balloons are a part of Americana and a tradition in parades across the country.  Having these helium balloons brings a new excitement and experience for our parade-goers.”

 

Seats are still available for the Grand Parade of Light.  Street seats are $10 and a ticket to the VIP event at Harborside Event Center that includes food and beverages are $57 per person.  Information on all parade tickets can be found at the Edison Festival website under Tickets.

 

IFor those unable to attend the Grand Parade in person, the parade will be broadcast on MeTV on Sunday, March 12, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  MeTV is a Waterman Broadcast station and is found on various cable channels throughout the area.

 

Volunteers are still needed for the Grand Parade and for all the Edison Festival of Light events.  Information on opportunities can be found at www.edisonfestival.org/p/volunteer.

 

Other Edison Festival of Light highlights include:

 

STEMtastic Day of Discovery – February 11, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm in Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park.  The largest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) event in the region has over 7,500 participants create and learn through hands-on experiments.  Activities will include displays from Mote Aquarium and Full Sail University.

 

Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival – February 11, 2017 – 2 pm – 9 pm Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers.  Local craft beer and epicureans will delight in tasting some of Southwest Florida’s creations while listening to local bands.  Admission is free.

 

Mutt Strutt – Feb. 11, 2017 – 3 pm – 6 pm – Edwards Drive and Hendry, downtown Fort Myers.  Bring your favorite pooch and join in the festivities to celebrate our canine friends. A parade and costume contest will take place at 5 pm.  Canine registration to participate in the festivities is $10.

 

 

Junior Fun Run – Feb. 12, 2017 – 11 am registration – First and Jackson Streets – Fort Myers.  Designed for the children, this fun run is for kids between the ages of 2 and 10.  Registration is $7 per child and includes a t-shirt while supplies last.

 

Junior Parade – Feb. 12, 2017 – 2:30 pm First Street and throughout downtown Fort Myers.  Starting in the early 1940’s, The Junior Parade showcases the creativity and talent of area children and their family as they parade through downtown, including proceeding down historic First Street and them moving north down Lee to Bay, proceeding west on Bay to Monroe and then north on Monroe to Edwards.  This free parade features more than 100 units including floats, clowns, bands and dignitaries.  A highlight of the Junior Parade and the Grand Parade are the homemade floats.  Over a dozen nonprofits are building floats to promote their organizations.  Families have participated for generations whether wearing costumes and walking the parade route or building floats; some of those families now help manage the parade.

 

The Junior Parade will be broadcast on MeTV on Sunday, March 5 from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

 

Crafts on the River – Feb. 17 – 19, 2017 – 10 am – 5 pm Friday and Saturday, 10 am – 3 pm Sunday – Centennial Park.  Join local and national craft vendors as they showcase their talent and wares throughout Centennial Park.    Free admission.

 

Music Walk Block party – Feb. 17, 2017 – 6 pm – 10 pm.  Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light as we kick off the weekend as part of the Music Walk on Friday.  Listen to SoFlo and the Tucci Band while enjoying in your favorite beverages and munch on various foods that celebrate Southwest Florida and your favorite traditional festival food items.  Free admission.

 

Parade Celebration –Feb. 18, 2017,  11 am – 7 pm, Edwards Drive, downtown Fort Myers.  Start the celebration for the Grand Parade of Light and listen to bands, local disc jockey DJ Mad Mel and local talent while having more beverages and food.  Multiple food locations include the boat ramp, the corner of Dean and Edwards, and Hendry and Edwards.  Free admission.

 

Edison Festival of Light 5K – Feb. 18, 2017, 5:45 pm Centennial Park, Fort Myers.  Join 1,500 participants in this sanctioned race that has earned national recognition thanks to its rich history, list of participants and thousands of cheering fans.  Participants race along the Grand Parade route and cross the finish line in time for the parade to begin.  Registration is $25 until Feb. 11, $30 Feb. 12-17, and $40 race day and includes a t-shirt.

 

 

Classic Car Show – Feb. 19, 2017 – 10 am – 3 pm, Edwards Drive, Fort Myers.   Celebrate classic cars and hot rods that include antiques, muscle cars and more.  Free admission.

 

All festival event details are listed on the Edison Festival of Light website (www.edisonfestival.org).

 

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” , the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Sponsors include the City of Fort Myers, Florida Power and Light, Budweiser, Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Lee County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Chico’s FAS Inc., Family Thrift Center, LCEC, MedExpress Urgent Care, Morgan & Morgan, Downtown Property Owner’s Association, Florida Lottery, Fort Myers Pest Control, Wells Fargo, Applebee’s, Pepsi, Lipman Produce, Liberty Tax Service, Rasmussen College, B&I Contractors, and Florida Vacation Auction.  Media Partners include Beasley Radio, Happenings and Family News, IHeartMedia, Lamar, The News-Press, Parent and Child magazine, TOTI publications, and ValPak.

 

For more information, visit www.edisonfestival.org or call 239-334-2999. Become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

 

PHOTO INFORMATION:

Photo courtesy of the Edison Festival of Light

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Press Release: Edison Festival of Light Recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association

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FORT MYERS, FL —  The International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) honored the Edison Festival of Light on September 27 during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 61st  Annual Convention & Expo in Tucson, AZ.   The Edison Festival of Light, Southwest Florida’s largest and longest running festival was recognized with a total of 4 prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards. The awards included:

  • First/Gold for Best Educational Program, STEMtastic Day of Discovery, presented in conjunction with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools
  • Second/Silver for Best Media Relations Campaign
  • Third/Bronze for Best Individual Sponsor Follow-up Report
  • Third/Bronze for Best Outdoor Billboard.

The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world. Awards were handed out in 68 different categories. The IFEA’s professional competition draws entries by the world’s top festivals and events from countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Poland and more; and from cities across the United States including San Antonio, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC, Louisville, KY, Fort Lauderdale, FL and more.

Headquartered in Boise, Idaho, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide. In partnership with global affiliates under the umbrellas of IFEA Africa, IFEA Asia, IFEA Australia, IFEA Europe, IFEA Latin America, IFEA Middle East (MENASA), and IFEA North America, the organization’s common vision is for “A Globally United Industry that Touches Lives in a Positive Way through Celebration.” The Association offers the most complete source of ideas, resources, information, education and networking for festival and event professionals worldwide.

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.”, the Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Visit www.edisonfestival.org for more information and become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival), and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival).  The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

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Press Release: Dazzle Downtown in the Edison Festival of Light

Dazzle Downtown in the Edison Festival of Light

 

FORT MYERS, FL — It’s that time again to cover yourself in glittering lights. The Edison Festival of Light has opened up applications for their Junior and Grand Parade on their website (www.edisonfestival.org). The 79th annual Grand Parade will sparkle through historic Downtown Fort Myers on Saturday, February 18th, 2017, with the Junior Parade five days before on February 12th, 2017. Whether you ride a horse, pull your wagon, or build a tinsel-covered float, we encourage everyone in our community to take part in this historic event.

The Edison Festival Grand Parade encompasses organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods who get creative to amble for an audience of over 200,000 people. This is a fun team-building opportunity! Get everyone in the office or your next door neighbors to help! The Festival prides itself on tradition and togetherness. Also, the Edison Festival appeals to a wide variety of demographics, which makes a perfect platform for the exposure of your organization to a captive audience.

For the Junior Parade, you don’t need to have a giant float. The Edison Festival of Light encourages schools, families, nonprofits, troops, and everyone in Southwest Florida to participate by offering several options to take part. Whether you’re part of a band, you want to walk with your favorite equine, or you have a giant balloon, the Edison Festival aims to incorporate everyone to get creative and shine.

Of course, the Edison Festival of Light wouldn’t be complete without, well, light. As homage to the famous inventor, the Edison Festival requires everyone in their Grand Parade to excite spectators by wearing some sort of illumination. Become a part of the action and join a parade route to illuminate, innovate, and celebrate! Visit our website and apply today!

Designed to “Illuminate. Innovate. Celebrate.” The Edison Festival of Light, Inc. honors Thomas Alva Edison’s contributions to mankind including Southwest Florida, and seeks to improve the community by education and activities relating to Edison’s works and values.  Visit www.edisonfestival.org for more information and become a fan by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/edisonfestival) and Twitter and Instagram (@edisonfestival). The Edison Festival of Light is a member of the Florida Festivals and Events Association and the International Festivals and Events Association.

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