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Sholom Park Gets "buggie"

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Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park: Let’s Get Buggy! is from 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14.

A ladybug release highlights the festivities.

Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park event will have all the excitement of live music, food trucks, games, education and great family-friendly fun, admission free.

Guests will be invited to help Park staff release 10s of thousands of itsy-bitsy colorful ladybugs into the Sholom Park environment, where the harmless – yet mighty – spotted beetles will begin hunting for their dinner.

Ladybugs are one of nature’s “beneficial insects” because they love eating aphids, spider mites, mealy bugs and the eggs of some other harmful insects.

Sholom Park’s event will feature interactive outdoor stations featuring good guy insects and animals that help us combat the bad-guy critters in gardens and landscapes every day.

Fun at the Park attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets. The event will be held rain or shine. Guests are invited come in a “buggy” costume and bring along an adventurous spirit.

No face masks are permitted.

All Park rules apply at this event.

Sholom Park’s Fun at the Park events provide family-friendly outdoor entertainment, live music, fun and activities, featuring special themes to make memorable moments for everyone.

In February 2017, larger-than-life book characters, such as Curious George, the Berenstain Bears and Cat in the Hat, visited Park guests and encouraged literacy for all.

In February 2018, families took a virtual journey around the world, where they were given mini passports and were encouraged to visit tents and booths where volunteers shared information about China, Australia, Ireland, Great Britain and Egypt, opening doors to many cultures and values.

Sholom Park is located at 7110 SW 80th Ave.; Ocala, FL 34481.

For more information, email info@sholompark.org, call 352-873-0848, ext. 7650 or visit the park on the Internet at www.sholompark.org

Sholom Park is owned and operated by the Horticultural Arts & Park Institute, Inc.