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Seahorse Festival to be held this weekend

By Staff | Apr 27, 2016

Annual celebration to benefit the Sanibel School returns to the Dunes this weekend. PHOTO PROVIDED

The annual Seahorse Festival will bring the grounds of The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club to life this weekend with an assortment of activities for children and parents.

The Sanibel School PTA President Dawn Hillman said the festival will feature a number of attractions, a live deejay and a full bar for the parents.

“It’s fun for the whole family,” she said.

This year the festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Dunes, 949 Sand Castle Road. There is a fee for children to attend, but free for the parents.

Four bungee jump trampolines; a rock climbing wall; a 70-foot obstacle course; a small bounce house for kindergarten through second grade students; an inflatable basketball and inflatable darts are among some of the activities the youngsters have the opportunity to enjoy.

Parents can participate in the silent digital auction, which begins Friday, April 29, at noon and will continues through 10 p.m., Saturday, April 30. The items can be viewed at www.bider.com.

“You can bid from anywhere,” Hillman said, adding that individuals can also read about the items through the website.

Some of the items include trips to Orlando and Jensen’s Cottages; golf foursome at The Dunes, as well as a social membership; stay at Tarpon Lodge, and a Clive Daniel gift certificate.

The items that are won can be picked up the following week, Monday through Friday, at The Sanibel School front office. The winners will be notified through a text message.

The Mexican fiesta, which will be catered by Bailey’s, also includes chicken tenders and macaroni and cheese for the kids. Snow cones and popcorn will also be available to purchase, as well as T-shirts.

Last year the Seahorse Festival raised a little more than $30,000. The money raised will be used for technology and school programs. Hillman said she has used the funds to purchase such items as software and Chrome books for the school.

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