First Baptist Christian Academy of Brandon will host its first annual Spring-A-Palooza, featuring a car show, horse rides, bounce houses, live music and entertainment, refreshments and multiple vendors.

The fundraising event will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on the school campus. Kristal Medlin, the vice principal, is coordinating the effort and explained that the money raised would support technology needs and other educational resources.

The academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church of Brandon, serving infants through eighth grade. It seeks to provide educational and biblical excellence for its students while developing their faith in partnership with the home, the church and community.

“We look at educating the whole child, and it’s important for students to be engaged in the community,” said Medlin. “Spring-A-Palooza is an opportunity to minister to the community and showcase our school so others can see what we have to offer.”

The festivities will also include a student art show, entertainment from the school’s middle school band and other exhibitions from school clubs. Ronnie Setser, the owner of Ronnie Setser’s Customs in Tampa, is hosting a car show on location with a registration fee of $20 per car. The first 40 cars to register will receive a dash plaque. To register, contact Ronnie Setser 601-7227.

“It’s going to be an open show,” said Setser. “We’ll have everything from—antiques, classics, hotrods, racecars and trucks to include motorcycles, and we’ll have a full-blown trophy presentation.”

Also on display alongside the cars is the world’s largest jukebox. Setser plays music for the crowd and incorporates fun activities for the kids like Hula-Hoop contests and dancing.

Setser continued, “When it comes to fundraisers and festivals, at the end of the day, the most important thing is putting money back into these schools.”

To participate, please contact Kristal Medlin at For more information, visit First Baptist is located at 216 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.

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Amanda Boston is the Christian Voice Editor for the Osprey Observer. She is a graduate of Bible Training for Church Leaders (BTCL), who enjoys sharing how God is working in and through the community. Amanda resides in FishHawk with her husband and two children.