Georgefest is the longest running celebration of George Washington’s Birthday in the State of Florida, and the second longest running celebration in the entire United States.
It all started on February 22, 1902 when Eustis citizens and businesses held an event in the Ocklawaha Hotel (a hotel that was located in Downtown Eustis) in appreciation of the winter visitors. The celebration portrayed historic events from Florida's past. February 22 is also the date of when George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born. Taking that into consideration, they started calling the event, "George Washington's Birthday Celebration."
Over the years, this event has since grown to include a large parade, concerts, a carnival, fireworks, and more and features a new modern name, "Georgefest."
Photos taken around 1915 at George Washington's Birthday Celebration, now known as Georgefest.
(Photo credit: City of Eustis)