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MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival attracts large crowd

By Staff | Jul 18, 2017

With the exception of a huge thunderstorm and a power outage Saturday afternoon, the 21st annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Festival was called a huge success.

“Overall, even with the intense heat, we had a great turnout,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Jennings said.

The two-day event was held Saturday and Sunday at the German American Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.

“The Hat Decorating contest is always a favorite,” Jennings said. “I believe we have more participants this year than last year and all of the hats are just great.”

Inside the Mango Queen tent, Queen Jessica Potts assisted about a dozen children making hats for the Mango Hat contest. The decorating was followed by a parade to the main stage where the judge awarded the prizes.

From about a dozen contestants, Janelle Anderson was the 1st place winner; Madison Reinertsen the 2nd place winner and Joshua Sobul 3rd place winner in the contest.

The amateur food contest included pies, cakes and even ice cream – all flavored with mango.

Jessica Potts, proprietor of Heavenly Hostess Cheesecakes, captured 1st prize with her “Gold Rush Mango Cheesecake.”

“This is also the first year the Greater Pine Island Kiwanis Club is having their Mango Drop,” Jennings said. “Mango Drop tickets are selling fast. The winner will win $1,000 and help contribute to the Pine Island Kiwanis scholarship fund.”

“The purpose of MangoMania is to showcase all that Pine Island has to offer and to promote island growers and businesses,” Jennings said. “We had over 120 vendors and a great turnout for this 21st annual Mango Mania.”

A complete list of contest winners will be announced in next week’s Eagle.