The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office will bring its bomb disposal robot to the Ninth Annual FANG Back to School Festival on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

This year’s ninth annual FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG) Back to School Festival will benefit local needy children with back to school supplies. With more than 100 local business booths, samples from 10 restaurants, music, exhibits from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, free giveaways and door prizes, there is lots to do.
The Back to School Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m.-12 Noon at the FishHawk Youth Sports Complex on FishHawk Blvd. Admission is free but $10 worth of new school supplies or a $10 cash donation is requested that will benefit the Y’s migrant children effort. Last year, more than 400 students received supplies from the result of the event.
In addition to food and business booths, Theatre Arts & Dance Alliance (TADA) will emcee the event with sound system provided by Pure Power Productions and performances from TADA, Music Showcase and Sidekicks Martial Arts. There will be family-friendly games and activities. Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village, Formaggio’s Italian Restaurant, snow cones, kettle corn and more will provide samples.
“This is one annual event that highlights the summer,” described Chick-fil-A at Lake Brandon Village owner Paul Holmberg. “We have been participants every year and each year, it continues to grow and expand.”
In addition to food, event and business booths, representatives from all the sports complex teams will be represented to talk about fall registration requirements.
The event is sponsored by The St. Petersburg Times/Brandon Times, Kids ‘R’ Kids Valrico and and Circa FishHawk, RobZ Fitness, Morningstar Electric, CruisePlanners, Brandon Regional Hospital and Osprey Observer.
For more information, visit, call Nan Hager at 657-2418 or e-mail
The FishHawk Area Networking Group (FANG ) is an organization of more than 100 local business owners that meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Palmetto Club in FishHawk Ranch to network, do community service and host events promoting local businesses.
For more information, stop by any meeting or contact Hager.

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