Wallendas perform in Bradenton

They unveil a new show at Mixon Fruit Farms' Orange Blossom Festival

February 27, 2014 

Mixon Fruit Farms will host their annual Orange Blossom Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-2 featuring more than 100 vendors and crafters, pony rides, bungee jumping, a rock climbing wall, bounce houses, a car show, special citrus-themed games for children in the Mixon's Kids Gamin' Grove, contests and special performances by the world famous Wallendas 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. both days. Tickets for the zipline are $5. Information: 941-748-5829 or www.mixon.com. PHOTO PROVIDED

A brand-new show from the Wallendas is a big enough event on its own. But that's just part of what the people at Mixon Fruit Farms have planned for this weekend's Orange Blossom Festival.

The festival is set to run all day Saturday and Sunday. The Wallendas will perform three times each day, at 10 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

There's a long list of other activities slated throughout the day to help Mixon Farms celebrate its 75th anniversary. Live music, pony rides, bungee jumping, bounce houses, a kids' area with citrus-themed games and a rock wall are on tap, as well as a 200-foot zip line that lets visitors zip through the farms' groves.

There's also tons of food, a car show, arts and crafts and more.

If you're in the mood for competition, the festival includes a frying pan toss, an ice cream eating contest and a seed-spitting competition.

It's all about a celebration of rural-style family fun, plus the world's most famous high-wire artists unveiling a new and spectacular show for local residents.

Details: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 1-2, Mixon Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Tickets: $3 or $5 for two people; children 12 and younger free. Information: 941-748-5829.

-- Marty Clear

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