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Karen Falicon was not at her husbands Ford dealership that fateful day two months ago when an employee drove his truck through the front lobby and opened re with a shotgun. Yet almost every moment of every day since then has been consumed by the tragedys aftermath. I dont speak or represent any other person, and their stories arent mine to tell. I wanted to share my story because I am your neighbor, your supporter, your volunteer. The easy story is the feel-good story. The one about the kind outreach and concern of a community supporting their fellow man in difcult times. The story about how a stranger can still catch me off guard at the grocery store to express genuine empathy, compassion and kindness that can still bring me to tears. Unfortunately thats not the story I need to tell. In this day and age of Facebook, social media and the 24-hour news cycle, people seem to feel entitled to every gory detail of somebody elses tragedy. I am going to try to present a different perspective, one that Im sure some people wont be able to comprehend, and hope clear up some possible misunderstandings. People are all created differently, from how they solve problems, pick what line of work is satisfying to them and how they choose to heal physically and emotionally from a trauma. One personality type might want to reassure the community, maintain Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1889 Perry News-HeraldPerry News-Herald 50 Friday/ SaturdayApril 4-5, 2014 Index One section 125th Year, No. 14www.perrynewspapers.com Weather Friday81 56 FOG Saturday80 61 Sunday81 60 40% Perry News-Herald Perry News-Herald 40% Looking Back . ......... A-2 Living . ..................... A-4 Religion . .................. A-5 Sports . .................... A-6 Entertainment . ........ A-8 TV listings . .............. A-9 Classieds . .......... A-10 Florida State Bluegrass Festival Special Price for Local Residents$10 for a 3-day pass City Council candidate Tonya Holton has led a three-count, $75,000 federal lawsuit against the City of Perry and City Manager Bob Brown alleging violations of her rst amendment rights as well as persecution as a self-proclaimed whistleblower. Tallahassee attorney Marie Mattox led the lawsuit on Holtons behalf in federal court Thursday, March 27. Holton is seeking a trial by jury along with monetary damages and injunctive relief. In the rst count of the lawsuit, Holton alleges the city took adverse actions against her after she reported matters she suspected were incidents of gross misconduct and malfeasance within the (city). Holton asserts that as a public servant (Holton serves on the citys Planning and Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment and Tree Board) she was protected from any retaliatory actions for her whistle-blowing activities. As the plaintiff, Holton is seeking attorney and associated fees for the rst count. The second and third counts of the suit are rst amendment retaliation claims against Brown (in his individual capacity as city manager) and the city. The second count claims Holton les $75,000 federal lawsuit against city, Brown Please see page 12 2014 MoonPie Princess Morgan Whetsel (top, left) and members of her court invite residents to join them this weekend for the 12th annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival at Forest Capital Park. The Worlds Largest MoonPie will be unveiled today (Friday) at 6 p.m. and free MoonPies will be given out Saturday. Shown with Whetsel is third runner-up Brook Chainey. At right are second runner-up Ava GraceCassidy and rst runner-up Annastacia Coleman. Applications are also still being accepted for the festivals chili cook-off.MoonPie sweetness This is God Toddler diagnosed with inoperable brain tumor gets second chance Anyone who has seen C.J. Melton around town the past few days probably thought he had won the lotterythe smile on his face has been just that big. I won something better than the lotterymy sons tumor has shrunk 95 percent%! It is a blessing from God. Meltons son, Little CJ, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor eight months ago and this week, his family learned that an experimental radiation treatment worked. His doctor told me that when she rst received the MRI results, she called them to make sure they had sent the right ones the difference in the tumor was just that unbelievable. It went from being 5 mm to .5 mm. It had shrunk 95 percent. I just cant say it enough. 95 percent! The welcome news came just as Melton was planning to celebrate Little CJs second birthday, this Saturday, April 5. We have family coming from out of town and Im Please see page 12 Timberland shooting tragedy bears heavy toll for all involved Timberland Ford employees and shooting survivors Mike Cook, left, and John Mahoney continue to recover from receiving critical injuries after being shot with a semi-automatic shotgun Feb. 5. The men were both hospitalized for a number of weeks and Mahoney also spent several weeks in a rehabilitation center. Please see page 3A substitute bus driver with the Taylor County School District has been removed from the list of potential substitutes after a student was left on the bus when her run was completed. The Taylor County School Board on Tuesday unanimously approved Superintendent Paul Dyals recommendation that she be removed from the list. According to an incident report signed by the driver, Jane Stephens, and Transportation Coordinator Keith Johnson, on Thursday, March 13, a student fell asleep in the rear seat of the bus and was not seen upon her inspection of the bus after returning to the bus garage. After returning from the run and parking the bus, Ms. Stephens walked to the rear of the bus to check for students, backpacks, etc., the reports states. She stopped four seats short of the back, visually looking at the seats and reached over to close the window that was open to her right. Approximately 10 Please see page 12 Student left on bus TCHS teacher redThe Taylor County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to terminate the employment of Taylor County High School (TCHS) teacher Christine Bennett, 24, who was arrested and charged with one count of sexual battery last week after admitting to investigators she had been involved in a sexual relationship with a student. Superintendent of Schools Paul Dyals stated recommendation was that the board re Bennett and at Tuesdays meeting, School Board Member Danny Lundy offered a motion to do so, seconded by School Board Member Darrell Whiddon. Dyal noted that he had received Bennetts letter of resignation through her attorney. He then told the board that they could accept his recommendation to terminate her employment, reject it or modify it. There was no further discussion from the board and Chairman Brenda Carlton asked for a vote on Lundys motion, with all ve board members voting in favor of terminating Bennetts employment. In a sworn statement Please see page 12 Little CJ Melton will celebrate his second birthday this Saturday, April 5.
FULL-LENGTH BEAUTY ON FRONT PAGEA full-length photograph of Miss Jogie Brown was featured on front page, saluting her selection as Miss Wild Waters for the Silver Springs/Wild Waters attractions in Ocala. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brown, Jogie earned a wardrobe of Catalina and Jantzen bathingsuits so that she would be outtted for work all summer at the resort. She would live with her aunt and uncle in Ocala, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Brown.WHATS ON TELEVISION?With the artists conception of a communications satellite in all its splendor, this weeks edition announced the addition of Channel 17 to the Florida Video line-up. The independent television station, which is based in Atlanta, Ga., promised entertainment 24 hours a day.LANIER COLLECTS MOST MONEY FOR READ-A-THONVirginia Trofemuk was pictured with Alison Lanier who collected the most money for Gladys Morse Elementary Schools Reada-Thon. The school, in conjunction with Perry Elementary School and the Taylor Education Association, planned to donate more than $2000 to aid mentally retarded adults in the community. Lanier collected $139.YARD OF THE MONTHThe W.M. Hines yard at 115 Ridge Road was named Yard of the Month by the Perry Garden Club.SCALES GETS SPOTLIGHT AT PWC ANNIVERSARYCharter member Helen Scales was a V.I.P. for the 65th anniversary celebration of the Perry Womans Club. Scales was also a former president of the club. More than 80 attended the anniversary celebration; ballroom dancing was performed by David Carlton and Lee Ann Hagen. Gail McLeod, Angela Nall and Jogie Brown performed exotic Eastern dances while Iris Swain played a medley of old and new songs on the accordion.NEW ARRIVALSRobert Shane Willis was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Willis on March 31 at Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH). He weighed 7 pounds, 7.75 ounces. Mr. and Mrs. Gregory D. Addison announced the birth of their daughter, Mindy Maneck, on March 25, also at DMH. She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces. Justin Glen Stephens was born to Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Stephens on Feb. 24 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.SKETCHING SEASCAPESStudents from Perry and Steinhatchee participated in Painting for Todays World as taught on location in Steinhatchee by Jules de Bacot of North Florida Community College. The artists were pictured at work with their brushes.MONTGOMERY HONOREDBand director Izell Montgomery Jr. and members of the Bulldog Band were honored when the Band Boosters held a banquet at the Perry Elks Lodge. June Evans was mistress of ceremonies. BIG GOBBLERHenry Brown home for spring break from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, bagged two big gobblers while on vacation. One weighed 16 pounds, and the other 18. A-2 Perry News-Herald April 4-5, 2014 Looking Back April 4-5, 2014 Quotable Quotes THE PERRY NEWS-HERALDApril 5, 1979 Damaged people are dangerous. They know they can survive. --Josephine HartWhen life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile. --Author UnknownDont be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. --Dale Carnegie Remember when...By ANTHONY L. WHITE email@example.comNo shortcuts in the kitchen The Taylor County Historical Society is accepting applications for its W.T. Cash Scholarship. The scholarship program is open to any graduating Taylor County High School senior or home-schooled (senior) student who plans to attend a Florida college or university. Application forms are available at the high school guidance ofce and Perry Newspapers, Inc. Scholarship applicants sought Are you a history detective? The Taylor County Historical Society will hold a fund-raiser yard sale this Saturday, April 5, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the societys museum located on East Main Street. Yard sale is this Sat.
A-3 Perry News-Herald April 4-5, 2014 regular contact and draw strength from the public support. Others may want to heal with close family and friends because the outpouring of compassion is still just too overwhelming. There is not a guide book on how to handle to things like this. When it happened, we didnt know what steps would need to be taken in order to best help the shooting victims and their families during, what we now know, will be a long recovery. We were simply stunned. We were just concerned about how badly injured our employees (including shooting victims Mike Cook and John Mahoney) were. Both were shot in the abdomen by a semiautomatic shotgun. What more can be said? Both were very seriously injured and both are going to have a long time dealing with the healing process. Ive had people tell me they just assumed that the guys were not hurt too badly. Please dont assume that a lack of information implies that somebody is doing ne. Both men were very seriously injured and everyone involved was hurt mentally, physically, nancially or all the above. We are so thankful that Deputy (Robert) Lundy was there to help save lives. And there is no doubt he saved lives that day. There are almost two different, detached stories of what happened that day: the back and the front. Deputy Lundy had the knowledge and training on how to respond; the employees did not choose a career that would expose them to violence on a regular basis. They were not armed. They had no warning. Shortly after the incident, when everybody was asking what they could do to help, we asked people to donate to Deputy Lundys fund. Everybody involved was in shock and dealing with many issues, and unfortunately we didnt know to set up a fund for our employees at that time. We were all too stunned to do it. Both Mike and John are out of the hospital now and are working toward recovery. However, they and their families still need our help. We had our rst fundraiser for the men at the Spring Season opening of the Downtown Farmers Market and we have held a few smaller events since then. We are holding a rafe for a guitar signed by all of the artists performing at this weekends Florida State Bluegrass Festival and will be having additional fundrasiers in the future. But we have had some comments we would like to help clarify: if you did not contribute to the Timberland Ford Shooting Survivors Fund (Cook-Mahoney) at Wells Fargo Bank or the Cook-Mahoney fund set up at First United Methodist Church, your donations were not for our employees, although I appreciate your good intentions. The larger fund-raising efforts were not inclusive for all the shooting victims, as some people have told me they thought was the case. We are so grateful for the support we have received from the community. It is just overwhelming. Upcoming fund-raisers for the survivors include: Wednesday, April 9, let your server know you want part of your proceeds to go toward the survivors fund. April 12, at Buckeye Community Federal Credit Union, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19, at Walmart, 9 a.m. to noon. The Madison and Taylor County sheriffs ofces are joining forces for a benet golf scramble at the Madison Golf & Country Club Tuesday, April 29, with proceeds going to the recovery of all three shooting victims (Deputy Lundy, Cook and Mahoney). (Please see related story.) No guide book on how to handle this SURVIVORS Continued from page 1 Golf Scramble to benet shooting survivors The Taylor County Sheriffs Ofce and Madison County Sheriffs Ofce, along with Timberland Ford, are hosting a benet Golf Scramble Tuesday, April 29 at the Madison Golf & Country Club. Tee times are available for 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The $150 per team entry fee includes a grilled chicken dinner. For registration information, please call Sgt. Buddy Lee at 843-1679. Both men were shot in the abdomen by a semi-automatic shotgun. What more can be said?
A-4 Perry News-Herald April 4-5, 2014 Living The library ..its more than books By SAMANTHA LAND Special to the Perry NewsHerald The rst time you walk into your neighborhood library may not hold to the traditional perception of a typical library establishment--stuffy, with librarians shushing you, and dust coating the Britannicas. Instead, you may see patrons with bottles of water and yoga pants headed to a tness class. Or, maybe the local kids from the community and day care bouncing in to participate in a story time. Maybe even a variety of local artisans or experts educating our patrons on various topics such as soap and jewelry making, writing workshops, or even scarf tying. With computers and iPads, the library is packed with ways to keep you upto-date with the latest social media crazes and fun apps for the kids. These days, there is no doubt that the library is rapidly changing to accommodate the world we live in. Not only are there the newest releases of books for all ages but also, movies such as Catching Fire and the Oscar-nominated movie, Gravity. Need an audio for the road? Stop in and get the newest releases there as well. Librarians have not only mastered the art of picking out the perfect book to t your needs, they have become masters of technology as well. Got a Kindle or Nook for your last holiday? Bring it down to the library to get it set up with the free e-books and audio that are through the librarys own system Overdrive. The expanding and adapting of the library is proof that they are, by no means, as dreary and antisocial as you may think. Follow us on Twitter: 3rlibrary, Instagram: 3rlibrary, Pinterest: Three Rivers Library or even hit us up on Facebook: Three Rivers Regional Library System. So, get curious, come and see what all is going on at the library. Padgett earns doctorate, will practice in Ft. Myers, Sanibel Dr. Sean K. Padgett earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange during the colleges March 2014 graduation convocation. Padgett served as a member of Palmer Campus Guides and president of the Gonstead Chiropractic Technique Club for which he was bestowed a Leadership Award by Palmer College of Chiropractic. Upon graduation, he was nominated for the Clinical Excellence Award and the Virgil Strange Philosophy Award. While attending Palmer, he traveled to Haiti and also to the Dominican Republic in January, 2012, and then to Vietnam in July, 2013, to serve in chiropractic mission work. A native of Perry, he is the son of Keith Padgett and Mrs. Kende Bodiford. A summa cum laude graduate of Taylor County High School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from Florida State University, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Padgett plans to practice in Fort Myers and Sanibel Island after a trip to Ireland. Students can earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree after receiving a bachelors degree from an undergraduate college and completing four and one third academic years of clinical and classroom instruction at Palmers Florida campus. Dr. Peter Martin, president of Palmer College of Chiropractic, congratulates Sean Padgett on his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Cathy Sadler assists library patron Glen Bartlett at one of the computers available at Taylor Countys public library. Veal-Hunter wedding is Saturday Mindy Veal and Robert Hunter remind friends and relatives of their wedding this Saturday, April 5, at 5 p.m. at the home of Quincy and Rachel Green, 3030 Courtney Grade. A reception will follow. The family of the late Wilma J. Copeland would like to extend our sincere gratitude to those who have offered such kindness, support and messages of sympathy and comfort during this very difcult time. Thank you to our family, friends, and co-workers who took the time to visit, send cards, oral arrangements, provide meals and much more as it was truly appreciated. Our Mother was a very special person, and will be dearly missed. With love, The Macarages Family Cards of Thanks
A-5 Perry News-Herald April 4-5, 2014 Religion Everybody screams for ice cream? Nelsons for ice cream for all the 8-to-12-year-olds. Obituaries Gail Walker Wright Gail Walker Wright, 62, died March 28, 2014, at her home in Perry. A lifelong resident of Perry, she was born Nov. 20, 1951. Mrs. Walker was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her father, Randolph Wright, and a brother, Randy Wright. Survivors include: her mother, Mrs. Litty Ellen (L.E.) Connell Wright; ve sons, Billy Wayne Mosley, Daniel (Tori) Walker, Brian Wright, Mikie Walker and Curtis Scooter Walker, all of Perry; one daughter, Kesha Wright, also of Perry; four brothers, Kenny, Michael, Ricky and Duran Wright, and one sister, Melba Jean Wright, all of Perry; and 10 grandchildren. Family members will receive friends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Beggs Funeral Home Chapel which is in charge of arrangements. Graveside services will follow at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Cemetery in Shady Grove. Willie James Holmes Sr. Willie James Holmes Sr., of Perry, died March 28, 2014, at Doctors Memorial Hospital. A native of Taylor County, he was a member of New Jerusalem Primitive Baptist Church. Mr. Holmes is survived by: one son, Willie James Holmes Jr., of Perry; his mother, Christine Holmes of Perry; four sisters, Susie (C.W.) Williams, of St. Petersburg, Martha Ann Stevens of Jacksonville, Gail Holmes and Syliva McDaniels, both of Perry; one brother, Ezekiel Holmes, of Perry; and sister-in-law, Janet Holmes of Perry. Services will be Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at New Jersusalem Primitive Baptist Church with burial following at Springhill Cemetery. Family members will receive friends today, Friday, April 4, from 5-7 p.m. also at New Jersusalem Primitive Baptist Church.Christopher L. DavisChristopher L. Davis, 52, of Perry, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Perry. He was born June 20, 1961, in Douglas, Ga., to Hoke and Helen (Kirkland) Davis, Jr. A member of First Assembly of God, he worked and operated the Chaparral Restaurant from his graduation in 1979 until its closing in 2002. Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Davis, and his brother, Derrick Davis. Survivors include: his daughter, Hannah Davis of Perry; a son, Jonathan Millender of Perry; his father Hoke Davis Jr. of Perry; his brothers, Kirk Davis of Tallahassee and Gary Davis of Perry; a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home with Pastor David Stephens and Pastor Bill Meacham ofciating. Interment will follow at Pineview Memorial Cemetery in Perry. The family will receive friends from 5-7:30 p.m. today, April 4, at Joe P. Burns Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to Boys and Girls Club of Taylor County. A daily prayer... Dear Father, Lord and creator of mankind, please forgive our foolish ways. Help us today and everydaypraise, honor and thank you for our blessings. We strive to be a whole person, a genuine person and a loving person. We would love to be open, we want to be free from our weaknesses, from our guilt and habits that tear us down. We want to be free from negative thoughts that only create problems and unhappiness. We want to be safe and saved. Keep us close to you, Dear Father. Amen. Special prayers for Elease Williams-rehab/ Tallahassee; Jean Ester Lee-home; Carl Williams -home; Juanita CallowayTMH. In bereavement, remember the families of the late Willie James Bones Holmes and the families of the late Joe Bivens. Prayer breakfast Antioch Mission Ministry Anniversary invites everyone to a Prayer Breakfast this Saturday, April 5, from 9-11 a.m. If you cannot attend the event, a donation will be appreciated. Perry First Church of God invites everyone to a community fun day Saturday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m. Hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy will be free to all. The gospel group, Lifesong, will perform for Friend Day at Faith Baptist Church on Sunday, April 6, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will follow in the fellowship hall. Faith welcomes friends, Lifesong TIDBITS: Saturday brings prayer breakfast; all invitedCome for fun on Saturday!
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A-12 Perry News-Herald April 4-5, 2014 that Holton was the victim of retaliatory actions by Brown after she engaged in constitutionally protected speech by making public statements, orally, in writing and through other media, and in other lawful public speech. Holton called Browns alleged actions and inactions malicious and willful, maintaining that his actions would deter a person of ordinary sensibilities from exercising his or her rst amendment right to speak. The claim stated Holton suffered loss of wages, emotional pain and loss of the capacity for the enjoyment of life as a result of Browns alleged actions. Holton is seeking punitive damages (monetary) for the count. The nal charge of the suit is a rst amendment retaliation claim against the city. In this charge, Holton maintained she was victim of retaliatory actions taken against her by the city (one or more of its employees) for comments she made in public. She is claiming damages for lost wages, emotional pain and suffering as well as seeking injunctive relief, attorneys fees, costs and interest. According to the lawsuit, Holton asserted that she (while serving on the City of Perry Code Enforcement Board) discovered Brown was carrying out a personal vendetta against Michael Frazier and that he engaged in selective enforcement of city ordinances against Frazier. The lawsuit claims that Holtons actions during this time period, which included the Code Enforcement Boards nding that Frazier was not guilty of code violations brought against him, led to the alleged retaliatory actions against her by the city and Brown. Holton also claims that Brown inuenced local media against her. The lawsuit claims that part of the retaliatory action was a code violation charge against her and her husband, Stacy, for keeping horses on residential city property. Contacted Wednesday, Brown said the city had not been served with the lawsuit, however, I was made aware of it and used the (publicly available) PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) to review it. There are no valid claims in the lawsuit and we will vigorously defend ourselves and our employees. We expect everyone named in it to be exonerated. Everything she supposedly alleged is proven wrong by public documents. A complete copy of the lawsuit can be found at www.perrynewspapers.com going to give him the best birthday party I can. He has just been so great throughout all of this. He had radiation treatments ve days a week for six weeks straight. We would come home on Friday afternoon and go back on Sunday. He brought so much laughter to everyone at the treatment center. There were older folks who looked at him and told me that if he can be going through all that and be happy, then why did they need to be sad. He had to be put to sleep each time they did the treatment and the anesthesiologist said shed never seen anything like it. He would wake up, have a few sips of his bottle and then just take off. He was running around and laughing. This was all Gods doing. We just want to thank the community for all the prayers and support theyve given us. Eight months ago we had no hope, but now its like it (the tumor) isnt even there. We have to go back every three months for MRIs and they are still working on where the radiation damaged his teeth, but he is just ne. Hes running and jumping and I dont know whether to tie him down or wrap him in bubble wrap. Hes always on the go. Melton was treated at Arnold Palmer Childrens Hospital in Orlando. Everything there is just great. The nurses, the people at the treatment center. Little CJs doctor worked with a team of doctors from all over on his case and they nally found one who would do the radiation on him. No one else wanted to because of how young he is. They dont know if he responded so well because he is so young or because we caught the tumor so early. But I know it was Gods blessing. He saved him and he before Judge William (Bill) Blue Thursday, March 27, TCHS Resource Ofcer Sgt. Nellie Walker stated that on Wednesday, March 26, she spoke to middle school Resource Ofcer Deputy Dewayne Bowden about information he received regarding a high school student being in a sexual relationship with Bennett. Walker said she spoke to the student, who conrmed the relationship; the student told Walker that the relationship began in September 2013, approximately three months before his 17th birthday. Bennett turned herself in and posted a $30,000 bond. minutes after she left the bus, the student was seen getting off the bus by a mechanic, the report continues. The ofce secretary then took the child home on the bus. According to the report, the childs mother called a few minutes later to ask about the child and was told that he had fallen asleep and was being brought home. Stephens is employed by Taylor County Head Start as a bus aide, but also worked for the school district as a substitute bus driver when needed. On the day in question, she had nished her run as an aide (for Head Start) when she agreed to drive Bus #50 (for the district) substituting for a driver who was on a eld trip with the baseball team. Asked Thursday, Dyal said the incident has not affected her employment with Head Start since it occurred while she was performing duties for the district. at Taylor Technical Institute (TTI) this Saturday Brown: claims proven wrong by public documents HOLTON Continued from page 1 FIRED Continued from page 1Teacher released on $30,00 bond THIS IS GOD Continued from page 1 Tumor shrank 95% SCHOOL BUS Continued from page 1Student on bus for 10 minutesTaylor Technical Institute (TTI) will host its Spring Open House this Saturday, April 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. While youre at the Florida State Bluegrass Festival, take a moment to join us for a tour of our facility and to learn more about the our programs for adults and high school students, school ofcials said. Free hot dogs, popcorn and soda will be served.