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22nd annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair to be held this weekend

July 11, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The 22nd annual MangoMania Tropical Fruit Fair will be held this Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. The two-day event will be held at the German American Social Club on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral.

"It's All About The Mango," Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Jennings said last week. "Everyone will have an opportunity to try fresh mangoes straight from the groves of Pine Island."

This year the free tasting table will be sponsored by The Gatherings Grove in Bokeelia. Guests will not only be able to sample the best mangoes but will be able to purchase many different varieties of mangoes, fresh baked mango products, mangoes on a stick, mango tea, mango fudge, mango jams and mango ice cream.

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2018 Mango Queen Kayla McGuire, left with 2017 Mango Queen Jessica Potts.

"We also have lots of mango contests," Jennings said. "Enter your best recipes in the amateur or professional contest. The amateur contestants compete for the best homemade mango goodies like mango jam, chutney, salsa, cookies, breads and beverages. Professionals will enter their best appetizer, entree and dessert recipes; everything that contains mango."

The Hot Flashz will perform Saturday at 2 p.m. The Hot Flashz is an "over 45" dancing troupe that is always a hit. Dancers will '"shake their booty" for MangoMania with maracas, songs and dance to entertain the crowd. This year, Mango Queen Kayla McGuire joins the dance team as its celebrity guest dancer.

"We have some great entertainment this year," Jennings said. "There's Deb and the Dynamics, Josh Rowand and the Pitbull of Blues Band, Hippy Salad and Strange Arrangement."

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Longtime island favorite Deb and the Dynamics will play three times on Saturday: 12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Deb & the Dynamics is a funky rock 'n' soul/blues band that originated in 2003 in a small bar in Matlacha.

"What started out as a trio with the guitar player playing a stomp box for a drum set, has through the years become a seven piece soul band that's been rocking Southwest Florida for the past 12 years," lead singer Debra Biela said.

Biela has been in the music business for 34 years and has entertained at most of the major festivals in the United States and Europe.

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Josh Rowand and "The Pitbull of Blues Band" will perform three times on Sunday: 11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Led by front man Josh "The Pitbull of Blues" Rowand, this high energy band has been on the prowl for many years. The blues band is a regular on the festival circuit, known for its fun-loving mix of traditional and original blues.

Rowand is the lead vocalist and lead guitarist. He is also an accomplished slide guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. With his guitar work, Rowland leads the crowds through a repertoire of all that is blues and more.

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Hippy Salad will play two times on Saturday and once on Sunday. The Saturday times are 1:15 and 5:30 p.m. and the Sunday time is 10:30 a.m.

Hippy Salad is an acoustic power trio that plays favorite cover tunes from the past five decades. Aimee Linn Burns is an accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist and Molly Brown is a self taught bassist and vocalist. The third member, Kenny Craig, has over 35 years in the music industry. He is very well known in the area for his guitar and songwriting skills.

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Pine Island / Matlacha favorite Strange Arrangement will perform twice on Sunday: 1:30 and 4:15 p.m. The group offers a mix of party, funk, and rock music. The band is a creative musical "family" organized by the Brothers Van Kirk.

Brothers Warren and Gregory each have a unique, broad range of musical tastes that are incorporated into their original music.

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"Both days are filled with events for adults and events for the children," Jennings said. "There will also be a mango pie eating contest and a mango throwing contest. Pine Islanders practiced with mullet throwing at our annual mullet toss festival and now they'll get to try their arm with mangos. And, the Pine Island Kiwanis will hold their "Mango Drop" at 4 p.m. Sunday.



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