By Marie Gilmore

Celebrate the holidays in true Florida style and pick up a few items from local vendors to fill that holiday wish list at the second Shop Local-Holiday Expo at FishHawk’s Park Square on Saturday, December 3, 9 a.m.-12 Noon.

The idea of an old-fashioned, family fun expo with Florida Santa, games, treats for kids, business booths and local crafters, all gathering for a holiday event was developed and the first annual Shop Local Holiday Expo was created last year. 

Join more than 50 local business booths and take a photo with Florida Santa and his sleigh pulled by a ‘Flock of Flamingos’, which have been decorated by local businesses Holiday Flamingo Challenge. Each flamingo is sponsored by a local business and judges will determine the best decorated flamingos to be ‘crowned’ during the event.

Families will enjoy music, shop the local business booths, enjoy games and pick up a few treats for Holiday gift giving.

“We wanted to host an event that help introduce our businesses to the community and also make it fun for parents and families this holiday season,” said Valrico/FishHawk Chamber Event Coordinator Bridget Jenkins Wilson, owner of Cardinal Roofing.

Sign up at WWW.VALRICOFISHHAWK.ORG. Chamber member booths: $50 for members with corporate challenge flamingo. Non-chamber member booths: $100 with corporate challenge flamingo. Proceeds from the event will benefit Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Center.

FishHawk Park Square is located in the heart of FishHawk Ranch at the corner of Dorman Rd. and Churchside Dr. The event is free to attend.

Business booths are still available and cost $50 for Chamber members and $100 for nonmembers and include a Flamingo to decorate and a 10×10 space at the event. Email questions to

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Marie Gilmore
Marie is the Managing Editor at the Osprey Observer. She covers news, transportation, education and likes to make a positive impact on the community and be 'in the know'!