Cracker Fair 2018


To make the 2018 CRACKER FAIR a very special community event
we are looking for volunteers from all around town to join our committees.

Interested?  Email us at


Download and fill out the form below, Scan or Photo it and Email to us


Print the form below, fill it out and mail to:
Lemon Bay Historical Society
P. O. Box 1245
Englewood FL 34295



A great crowd on a great day watching a fabulous whip cracking demonstration by Isabella from the Bit of Hope Ranch

Delicious lemon desserts in the Baking Contest organized and served by the Lemon Bay Garden Club

Cracker whip demonstration by Isabella of Englewood’s Bit of Hope Ranch

The John Tuff Band

ELBOW: Englewood Little Band Of Writers


We thank our 2017 Cracker Fair Sponsors. Please support them:

Key Agency, Inc.

Michael J. Looney, Electrical Contractor

Englewood Bank & Trust

Englewood Glass & Mirror

Brian Faro Realtor, Paradise Cove Properties Inc.

Jeff Joyce, Dog Trainer, A Sound Beginning Program

Merrill’s Heating & Air Conditioning

Olde Village Publix

Pope Insurance

Ron Smith, State Farm

Vino Loco

Englewood Sport Complex

Lemon Bay Garden Club

Sarasota County Community Redevelopment Agency


There were festivities for the whole family: kids’ games, crafts, food vendors, artists, music, and more. Located in Pioneer Plaza.

–There was music, and a lemon dessert contest

–Mary Kay Krantz, a member of the pioneer Chadwick family and our esteemed President, Charlie Hicks competed in a mullet spread contest. 

–Bit of Hope Ranch gave a demo of whip cracking used by Cracker men to round up the cattle.

–There was a cast-net-throwing demonstration with a chance to try it yourself.

–Do you know the meaning of the Historical Society logo? We told you.

–Want to eat a tree? Charlotte Co. Museum Society cooked swamp cabbage, the heart of the cabbage palm.

–A beautiful quilt was raffled off. Winner to be announced at the LBHS mtg. on Feb. 28. Buy a ticket or six, you don’t need to be present to win.


Why lemons? They played a role in Englewood since 1894 when the Nichols brothers purchased 2000 acres of property to develop a town with surrounding lemon groves. The land sold for $30 an acre. If you were interested in a 1-acre city lot, you must also purchase a 10-acre grove lot. Unfortunately, 2 hard freezes in 2 consecutive years doomed the lemon crops.

The 15th annual Lemon Bay Fest: Englewood History with Zest! returned for a week-long series of events for the entire family aimed at highlighting the area’s rich history and natural beauty. Lemon Bay Fest ran from Feb. 4-11, 2017 at multiple locations. Spread throughout South Sarasota County and Charlotte County, Lemon Bay Fest combined, tours, lectures and fun activities to celebrate not only Englewood’s past, but the unique history of Florida.