December 7, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Riverview Park & Civic Center
The first Alafia Lighted Boat Parade was held in Riverview in 1984, featuring a celebration of the holiday season and a parade of brightly decorated boats. Previously hosted by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, the event has been presented by the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview since 2008. The parade for 2016 will include a collaboration between The Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview and Hillsborough County Parks.
Traditionally occurring on the first Saturday in December, the Alafia Lighted Boat Parade has evolved to take various forms. This year’s parade will start at Williams Park and will conclude at River’s Edge for awards and a special VIP party.
Anyone interested in entering their boat in the parade is encouraged to do so by contacting Mike Broussard at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register your boat at alafiaboatparade.com. Entry Fee is $25.00 donation. Any boat is invited to attend, however, only registered boats are eligible for prizes. Multiple sponsorship opportunities are available as well and, as always, 100% of proceeds will support the charitable activities of the Rotary Club of FishHawk-Riverview and Hillsborough County. For more information contact Dr. Kimberly Tyson at email@example.com
Boat Parade; Chili Cook-Off and Gingerbread House Decorating Contest; Santa, Food, Good Times
Check out our website for more information on contests, sponsorship and more. Register your boat to participate!
Ken Suarez is joining our Team for our 2019 Alafia Boat Parade. Ken will be working with us in the Riverview Civic Center, MC'ing the Chili Cook-off, and the judging of the Gingerbread House Decorating Contest. Come in and meet him and welcome him to our team.
Ken Suarez is FOX 13's Polk County reporter, and his reports can be seen throughout the week. He joined the FOX 13 team in August of 1998.
Ken graduated from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and received degrees in Spanish and Biology. He continued his education at Columbia University in New York where he received his Masters degree in Journalism. He has also attended the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida for classes in "Power Reporting".
Ken worked for WVII-TV in Bangor, Maine, WINK-TV in Ft. Myers, Florida and at WTOG-TV in St. Petersburg before joining FOX 13. He has also worked at various radio station and newspapers.
Ken has received an Associated Press Award for his stories on AIDS, an award from The Better Business Bureau for a half-hour show on consumer rip-offs and an award from the National Association on Adoptable Children for a series on adoption.
Ken lives on a small farm in East Hillsborough County.
10th Annual Crawfish Festival
April 18, 2020
Winthrop Town Center
11 am to 4 pm
Buy Tickets for your Crawfish Dinner
Crawfish is brought fresh, straight from Louisiana. Crawfish dinners include approximately 2 lbs. of crawfish with sides (corn and potatoes). There are Cajun favorites such as jambalaya and étouffée available, along with plenty of other treats. We also have an ample supply of soda and beer.
First held in 2011, the Annual Crawfish Festival is, by far, FishHawk-Riverview Rotary’s largest fundraiser and best attended event of the year. Held every spring, the festival features crawfish dinners and other Cajun fare, as well as music and community and business exhibitors from throughout the area. Each year this event grows in attendance and participants. Why not plan on being a part of our next year’s event by getting involved. There are many ways to participate such as being a sponsor, volunteering, giving a donation, and more.
All money raised is donated to local scholarship funds and other charities.
Our Crawfish Festival Website is full of information on sponsorships, vendors, and the purchase of tickets.
Each year we have a luncheon to honor those who served our country including retired and active veterans. The luncheon is Free to all veterans. All others, family and non-veterans cost is $25.00 per person. Anyone may sponsor one or more veterans at $25 each. We have school color guard, a POW-MIA ceremony, and a guest speaker.
This year's event was held on Monday, November 11, 2019 at The Chateau at 1903 E State Road 60, Valrico, FL 33594.