Auburndale, Fla October 31, 2014 - International Market World will host the Festival for Toys fundraiser November 8th and 9th from 10 am to 5 pm for Polk County Toys for Tots to assist the organization in it’s mission of providing new, unwrapped toys for the needy children of Polk County during the holidays. In addition to food vendors, the Festival for Toys fundraiser will offer three stages of entertainment featuring bluegrass bands, country bands, and cloggers. Gold Wing Express, Bits of Grass and the Larry Gillis Band will be performing at this year's event. Additional attractions include wildlife displays, safety displays and more. Festival attendants are invited to bring an unwrapped toy to the event. Admission to the event and parking is free.
The fundraiser is aimed at assisting the shortfall suffered by Toys for Tots over the past several years. According to the organization, the annual number of toys collected has fallen from 12,000 to under 3,000 for 2013. In that year, Toys for Tots provided toys under the tree for over 10,000 children in Polk County. Many of those toys were purchased with reserves, an expense that cannot be continually supported.
Vendors are encouraged to participate. November is a busy time at International Market World, with foot traffic numbering in the thousands on the weekends. Many more attendants are expected due to the special event.
For further information contact:
International Marketworld Flea and Farmers Market
Commander, U.S. Navy
Polk County Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots