The Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the, 1st Annual FREE; KIDS COME FIRST, Safety Expo on Saturday, March 18th, 2017 from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell, FL.
There will be face painting, car seat checks, emergency vehicles on site to see and many other booths to visit, so come out and enjoy the event!
A FREE movie in the Park, sponsored by the City of Bushnell, will follow at dusk [7:40 pm] so bring your blankets and chairs!
MOVIE SPONSORED BY: "City of Bushnell Electric"
Come join us for an evening under the stars with the 1994 Family Fun Comedy - Walt Disney's "Angels in the Outfield" on SATURDAY - MARCH 18th, 2017.
MOVIE TIME: Dusk /7:40; Gates open at 5:00 PM.
Come enjoy the show and don't forget to bring your blankets and chairs!
CONCESSION BY: South Sumter Dixie Youth Baseball League - Come hungry and help support the league!
Prior to the movie event, the Sumter County Sheriff's Office will be hosting the, 1st Annual FREE; KIDS COME FIRST, Safety Expo. There will be face painting, car seat checks, emergency vehicles on site to see and many other booths to visit, so come out and enjoy the event! The event time is 5 pm to 7 pm and the movie will follow at dusk [7:40 pm].
The City of Bushnell, Public Works, and Utility Department, put on a wonderful demonstration for the Sumter County Youth Center, on July 14, 2016. The City set up six different work stations at the Youth Center, and the children went from station to station to learn about what each station does. Approximately 145 children got to attend and learn about the different things these departments do for the City and its citizens every day.
The first station was Chris Hariprashad, he taught the children about the grapple truck, and what this truck does. This truck is able to pick up very large, heavy piles of trash, brush and trees that are put out to be removed on Wednesdays, our miscellaneous pickup day. This piece of equipment not only saves time, but allows heavy items to be picked up without injury to the employees.
The second station was the new garbage truck that was shown to the kids by Doug Wheeler. Doug explained that when people throw their trash away and put the cart out for pickup, he is the one to come by with this big truck to pick it up. He showed the children how the garbage truck works and how it can pick up the cart as well as a dumpster. He showed the kids how it dumps the trash into the truck and where the trash goes once the truck is full.
Below is a picture of both the grapple and grabage truck in action!
The third and fourth stations were put on by the Utility department, Jay Fuller, Isaac Wietan and Nate Story. This department takes care of providing electricity and water to all of our homes and businesses in town. Nate Story was in the bucket and he explained to the kids just how the department uses the bucket trucks to work on the power lines when the power goes out and when installing new lines. He also explained how the bucket helps to keep them safe while working.
In the picture below, Isaac Wietan, is running the auger truck while Jay Fuller is explaining to the kids what this machine does and how they use this to dig holes and set utility poles in the ground when running electric throughout the city.
The 5th station was provided by the Public Works department on play ground equipment safety. This presentation was given by Mike Zapata and Keith Raftery. Mike explained about playground safety; an example that he used was the swings, that they are regulated to be at a certain height off the ground and when people throw the swings over the top pole to make them higher they are actually making them dangerous for themselves and others! He explained that this should not be done.
The final station for the day was with Michael Worthington, and Casey Hickman, who taught the kids about what a backhoe is and what it does. Michael explained how the backhoe works by having the kids put one arm out straight to the side at shoulder height and use their hands as the bucket to imitate scooping. He explained that the backhoe and bucket move very similar to this. The children enjoyed seeing the machine in action to scoop, dump and level the dirt.
The City of Bushnell, provided each child with a "Be Bright and Turn off the Light" bag for participating in a fun filled day with our city employees. The children had a great day seeing and experiencing some of the day to day tasks that our Public Works and Utility Departments do through out our city.
A big "Thank you" to the Sumter County Youth Center, for inviting us into your facility to spend a wonderful day with your kids. This really was a wonderful way to educate the local kids and get them familiar with who provides these local services for them and what it takes to take care of our beautiful city.
Every year the City of Bushnell teams up with the Children's Home Society and places an Angel Tree in the lobby of City Hall. This allows the community to help grant Christmas wishes to children in the community.
This year the support and out-reach from the community was overwhelming!
The support came from all directions.
Sumter Oaks RV Park took 12 of the children and provided gifts for all of them. Many citizens throughout Bushnell came to pick their child or children to make their Christmas bright.
The community was so gracious that along with the 50 names on the tree, we also sent out 3 very large boxes of extra toys so no one was forgotten.
A huge THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY!
On Saturday, March 21st, the City of Bushnell hosted its first "Crafts on the Corner" craft show in the beautiful Downtown Park. The first annual event was a success, thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that were present with their beautiful handmade items.
One of our vendors, Mr. Jim Fife was a big hit with everyone. While onsite he created a few beautiful pieces that were just amazing. The first was a wood spirit, then a bear and last was an owl, these creations were all beautiful and it was amazing to see the trees brought back to life.
Thank you to Mrs. Ruby Mark for coming out and sharing her beautiful voice with all of us.
A big thank you to the community for coming out to visit and helping to make this a success for everyone. We, here at the City of Bushnell, look forward to making this an annual event for many years to come, so come on out and see us again.
The City of Bushnell held another community event with a Movie in the Park on March 14th, showing the Disney movie "Planes - Fire and Rescue". Along with the movie, our local hero's from the Sumter Sheriff’s Office, Sumter Fire Services and the Withlacoochee Forestry Center came and supported the movie event.
A special thank you from the City of Bushnell goes out to all of the agencies who took the time to make the evening a success; Thank you to the Withlacoochee Forestry Center for bringing Smokey the Bear, Fire Buster the Clown, and the forestry vehicles that transformed into character for the event. Smokey was a hit with the kids for pictures and Fire Buster made kids smile with the special balloon animals.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office brought out the SWAT vehicle for the kids to explore. One lucky little girl was even able to turn on the emergency lights.
Sumter Fire Rescue brought Sparky the Fire Dog, their beautiful Fire Engine and water tender truck. Sparky was a hit with the kids for pictures and they even let the kids hold and shoot the fire hose while knocking down the cones with water, what a hit that was!
The parents of the Dixie Youth Baseball team did a great job on the food concession as well as, bringing in the delicious kettle corn made by Bret Spaude and his wife.
Thank you to the community for all of your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all at the next event!
The Fall Festival is an annual event sponsored by the city to celebrate the birthday of The City of Bushnell. Held the third Saturday of October, this one day event starts with a parade at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display shortly after nightfall. Over 20,000 visitors have been reported to attend this festival and enjoyed the various types of food and crafts available.
During this full day of fun, the public can enjoy a variety of games, contests and foods, as well as numerous arts and craft displays. Dancing, music and a variety of performing arts are also scheduled throughout the day. Not to mention the famous Greased Pig Contest!!