Downtown Leesburg Offers Fun for the Whole Family this Saturday

A full schedule of fun activities is planned this Saturday, Nov. 2, in downtown Leesburg.

The big day starts with Leesburg’s Saturday Morning Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Main Street in front of City Hall and Towne Square. The popular weekly event includes some of the best local craft and food vendors mixed with live entertainment and other activities in Leesburg’s historic downtown setting. For more information, visit www.leesburgsaturdaymorningmarket.com.

Along with the market, the Kids Korner Community Project will present a special event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main Street to benefit one of the area’s most popular playgrounds. Touch-a-Truck will bring together vehicles of all shapes and sizes, offering kids and families an up-close look at these unique machines. All proceeds will help to rebuild the Kids Korner playground at Leesburg’s Venetian Gardens.

Next, the Downtown Leesburg Business Association will present its 15th annual chili cook-off beginning at 4 p.m. Teams are invited to compete for cash and trophies. Spectator admission is $5, which includes chili tasting. Food and drink also will be available. The band Staggard Strait will provide live entertainment. For more information, visit www.itsyourdowntown.com.

At 5 p.m., Leesburg’s Noon Rotary will hold its third annual USO-style show, dinner and dance at the National Guard Armory, 400 W. Meadow St. The patriotic event benefitting local veterans support groups will feature a special performance from LC Swing – one of Central Florida’s most popular big bands under the direction of Larry Lutte – as well as singers Dave Boyer and Ali Dickson and the Dance Dynamics dancers. Tickets are $35, which includes dinner and entertainment. For more information, call (352) 728-8414.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 20,000 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.