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Europa Band

Inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Offerings

On the First Day of Fall on September 22, 2018, Lakeland area residents and visitors will commemorate the inaugural Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest in downtown Lakeland at Munn Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs.

The celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. with a  warm welcome from Mary McDonald of Suncoast Credit Union and the official tapping of the keg courtesy of Swan Brewing. At 6 p.m., The Europa Band performs a wide variety of music and songs, from old German Polkas and sing-alongs, to popular country. With accordion, trumpet, guitar, violin, drums and plenty of vocal harmonies, The Europa Band delivers a strong groove and passion for what they do. “Polka Lives” is the band’s motto, and those w ho love polkas, young or old, will love the sound of The Europa Band’s eclectic collection of over 350 songs.

Europa Band

Europa Band

This community-wide event in Munn Park is free to attend and features a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. This event will include German-style competitions, German food and drink, an Autobahn, Kinder Platz (for the young at heart), a Family Cool Garten and live music by The Europa Band.

Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland will feature plenty of German cheer along with a variety of exciting games and competitions. Old favorites and new exciting challenges await competitors. There are individual games along with team competitions in the Outrageous Olympiad. Participation in all the events is more important than ever before because there are bragging rights on the line. The Games are open to all Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland guests and are free to play.

The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest German Feast Tent will serve up smoked bratwurst and buns, sauerkraut and pretzels hosted and operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Rotary Club. The Food Tent is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Event Schedule

Main Stage, Outrageous Olympiad & Family Cool Garten by Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

5:00 PM – Official SwantoberFest Willkommen by Suncoast Credit Union & Beer Tapping by Swan Brewing

5:30 PM – Pre-judging qualification for Official Mustache Competition

6:00 PM – The Europa Band performs

6:30 PM – Chicken Dance Competition

6:45 PM – Stein Hoisting Competition for Adults

7:30 PM – Brat Toss

7:45 PM – Champion Olympiad for Top 10 Winner

8:00 PM – Official Mustache Competition & Treasure Hunt Winner Announcement

Business Expo (Ausstellers)

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Exhibitors and vendors display their goods & services for the community:

All American Gutter Protection, American Cancer Society, Bath Fitter, Bee-Haven Honey Co, Inc, BioLife Plasma Services, Boondock Studios, Central Florida Show Ski Team, City of Lakeland Solid Waste Recycling, CruiseOne/Traveling Fedoras, Dee’s Hot Dogs, Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW, Florida Tropics Soccer Club, German Club of Haines City High School / IB East, Got Candy & More Food Truck, Gulf Coast Gourmet Foods, Humana, Kona-Ice of Lakeland, La Imperial Bakery, Lakeland Barber Company, Lakeland Magic, Lakeland Modern Dentistry, Ledger Media Group, LKLD Haven Magazine / Sun Central Media Group, Mason Danger Beard Co, OneBlood, PACE Center for Girls Polk, Paparazzi-Queen B’Dazzled $5 Bling, Skully’s Mobile Barber Shop, Southern Homes, SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, Inc., Suncoast Credit Union, Swan Brewing, and, Well-Done Events.

Autobahn by Fields Auto Group / Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) / Fields BMW Lakeland

5:00 PM – 9:30 PM – Open on Tennessee Ave with a variety of German vehicles to explore

Kinder Platz by 2Infinity Entertainment Center (Kentucky Ave)

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Open with Got Candy Root Beer Garden, Bungee-Run, and more

5:15 PM – Ein, Zwei, Drei… Halt! Game

6:15 PM – Koffer Packen Game

7:15 PM – Root Beer Stein Obstacle Race

German Feast Tent hosted & operated by the North Lakeland Rotary Club and the Christina Lakeland Rotary Club

5:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Traditional Bratwursts & Pretzels available for purchase

Beverage Tent by Budweiser & Beck’s

5:00 PM – Bottled Water, Beer, and Cider for purchase

9:30 PM – Last call for beer and cider

Lakeland Chamber Tent

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Purchase beverage tickets, bottled water, information, and media credentials

Official T-Shirts available for purchase at the Boondock Studios tent

VIP Experience Tent by Swan Brewing

5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – Open for VIP pass-holders to relax

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – VIP Experience at Explorations V Children’s Museum


How much is it to get in?
General Admission is FREE for everyone! VIP Experience passes are available also.
Where do I park?
Parking in Downtown Lakeland is FREE after 5 p.m. and all weekend long, including city owned permit spaces and metered lots. Download the Parkmobile app for a parking map, detailed Parkmobile instructions, and more.

Still want more information on parking? Please see the LDDA Parking Brochure here:

What can I bring to Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland?

  • Small bags and backpacks (smaller than 17?x12?x10?, subject to search)
  • Water (factory sealed, up to 1 liter)
  • Wheelchairs and medical scooters
  • Strollers for children
  • Hand-held still cameras

OK, so what items are NOT permitted?

Please leave the following items at home:

  • Alcohol (we will provide on-site) and other beverages (except sealed water up to 1 liter)
    Glass containers or outside Steins
  • Coolers and thermoses
  • Umbrellas and tents (anything that can obstruct the view of others)
  • Large chairs
  • Video and audio recording equipment
  • Skateboards and Segways
  • Weapons, illicit drugs and other contraband

Can I bring a mug or stein from other festivals or from my home?
No, steins from other events are not allowed. We will sell official commemorative acrylic steins (14 oz.) this year and you will be able to bring that to next year’s event! Be sure to get your new mug at the fest.

?Is this a kid-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a family-friendly event! We have a kids’ area with kid-friendly games until 8 p.m. and lots of activities at the Kinder Platz on Kentucky Avenue!

?Is this a dog-friendly event?
Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest Lakeland is a dog friendly event. Please make sure your dog is leashed, has plenty of water, and that you bring enough “pick-up” bags.

?Is photographic or recording equipment permitted at the festival?
Hand held still cameras are permitted. Tripods are not advisable. Audio and video recording devices are NOT permitted.

How can I gain credentials for a press pass?
Please send your contact information to rfortier@lakelandchamber.com  along with link to your publication and related media.

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Title Sponsor:  Suncoast Credit Union

Artist Sponsor:  Boondock Studios

Print Media Sponsor:  Ledger Media Group

Radio Media Sponsor:  WONN/WPCV/WLKF/WWRZ Radio

Beverage Sponsor:  Bernie Little Distributors / Budweiser & Beck’s

German Feast Tent Sponsors:  Rotary Club of Lakeland Christina and Lakeland North Rotary Club

Food Sponsors:  Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated and Publix Super Markets, Inc.

Autobahn Sponsor:  Fields Auto Group – Fields Motorcars (Mercedes) and Fields BMW Lakeland

Family Cool Garten Sponsor:  Allen & Company of Florida, Inc.

Kinder Platz Sponsor:  2Infinity Entertainment Center

VIP Experience Sponsor:  Swan Brewing

Patron Sponsor:  Lakeland Surgical & Diagnostic Centers and Premier Party Rentals

Root Beer Garden Sponsor:  Got Candy & More Food Truck

Media Partners:  LkldNow.com, and LKLD Haven Magazine


The Lakeland Chamber is proud to announce Suncoast Credit Union as the title sponsor of Lakeland’s only Oktoberfest-themed celebration! Like a traditional Oktoberfest, our event will offer sights, sounds, and tastes that are Bavarian-inspired. Lakeland residents will have a chance to celebrate Octoberfest-style in Munn Park in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest is a time to unwind and make new friends, learn new customs and sing a few songs. Be there to help tap the inaugural keg at 5 PM on Saturday, September 22, as Lakeland’s Suncoast Credit Union SwantoberFest kicks off! This community-wide event in Munn Park will be free to attend and feature a business expo as an opportunity for Chamber member-investors to engage directly with the community in a family-friendly setting. Activities include German-style competitions, treasure hunt, and live music by The Europa Band.  VIP passes will be available for an extra-special experience, including a Child’s VIP pass – think Root Beer Garden! To register as vendor-exhibitor at the event, please click here or at https://bit.ly/2JlSL0m. To learn more about the event, visit the website at SwantoberFest.com.


Suncoast Credit Union is the largest credit union in the state of Florida, the eighth largest in the United States based on membership, and the 12th largest in the United States based on its more than $9.2 billion in assets. Chartered in 1934 as Hillsborough County Teachers Credit Union, Suncoast Credit Union currently operates 65 full-service branches and serves more than 785,000 members in the following Florida counties: Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Dixie, Gilchrist, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Sumter. Since its founding in 1990, the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation has raised and donated more than $22 million to organizations and initiatives that support the health, education and emotional well-being of children in the communities that the credit union serves. For more information, visit: suncoastcreditunion.com, Facebook.com/SuncoastCreditUnion or @SuncoastCU 


The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce represents 1,400-member businesses in the Lakeland area and provides opportunities for networking, professional development and advocacy for companies of all sizes. Five-star accredited by the US Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber upholds the following vision and mission statements: Vision Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce will be the premier catalyst for the advancement of Lakeland’s economic growth and enhancement of quality of life– creating Florida’s community of choice. Mission Statement – The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to creating a climate where business can prosper.


Nicole Travis Named Director Of Community & Economic Development


Nicole Travis

LAKELAND, FL (June 15, 2018) – The City of Lakeland announces Nicole Travis as Community & Economic Development Director. She will start at this position on July 1, 2018. Travis has been with the City of Lakeland for eight years, during this time she was promoted from the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Project Manager to the CRA’s Manager.  As the CRA Manager, Travis managed multiple large projects to completion and oversaw significant development approvals.  Travis has a background in architecture and her private sector experience provides a unique understanding of how all aspects of development projects should be considered. 

City Manager Tony Delgado said, “I extremely excited to have the pleasure of appointing and promoting Nicole Travis, the current CRA Manager for the City of Lakeland to her new role as City of Lakeland Community and Economic Development Director. Our community is quickly becoming a regional destination for business and residential growth. Under Nicole’s leadership, the Community and Economic Development Department will continue to be responsible for major roles in developing good growth patterns.” He added, “I believe that Nicole’s experience in community redevelopment along with her background in economic development planning, project management and architecture will provide a great foundation for her new leadership role. She has proven herself to be a be a solid collaborator and consensus builder and I expect her to bring those excellent traits to the benefit of our organization and clientele.”   


Travis said, “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve the City of Lakeland in a greater capacity. Lakeland is a growing and thriving community, and I intend to work my hardest to encourage economic development, be responsive to the development community and be accountable to the citizens. We have some big projects in the works and I look forward to collaborating with the Community and Economic Development team to help bring them to reality.”


Assistant City Manager Shawn Sherrouse said, “I am very excited to see Nicole Travis promoted to the position of Community and Economic Development Director.  As the City of Lakeland’s CRA Manager, she has proven herself to be an innovative thinker who provides solutions to very complex situations.  She is a leader and her ability to work collaboratively will be a complement to the City’s renewed community and economic development efforts.  Nicole’s fresh ideas, unique perspective and tireless passion for Lakeland will serve the department and this community well.”        


Travis is 36-years of age and she will be paid $128,078 per year as the Community and Economic Development Director. She is a native of the US Virgin Islands and holds a Bachelor of Architecture and a Master of Business Administration.  She is married to Shawn Travis and mother of Jordin and Madison.



Delgado said, “I want to specifically recognize our Interim Director, Celeste Deardorff for her great work keeping the Department on track and continuing to provide outstanding customer and client service during this transition period. I wish her the best and personally thank her as she retirees from the City on June 29th.”   


For additional information about the City of Lakeland, please visit www.lakelandgov.net. Citizens are also invited to follow the City on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Vimeo, Snapchat and Nextdoor.  Citizens can find the City of Lakeland on these social media platforms by searching lakelandgov. 



LAKELAND, FL (October 27, 2009) – Lakeland Electric was notified by the Department of Energy that the utility has been selected to receive funding as part of the Smart Grid Investment Grant for the installation of smart grid technology.

The Lakeland Electric smart grid initiative will allow customers to manage their own usage through devices that will be able to control the time appliances in a home are turned on or off.  Jim Stanfield, General Manager of Lakeland Electric said, “This technology has the capability of changing the way we do business through improved interaction with customers.”  He added, “A customer can program the operation of their appliances and with time of day pricing, they can choose to have their dishwasher, hot water heater or pool pump operate during non-peak times.  This will ultimately allow a customer to manage their usage and the rates they pay.”

Lakeland Electric requested a $20 million as part of the Federal Government’s Smart Grid Investment Grant.  The Lakeland Electric smart grid initiative is estimated to cost of $48 million.  The Department of Energy has tentatively scheduled an award briefing for the week of November 16, 2009 to discuss logistics of the project.  Lakeland Electric is on task to start the project with the first meters to be installed during the summer 2010.  Lakeland Electric’s smart system build out of 120,000 meters is scheduled to take three years to complete.

 With the installation of smart grid technology, the customer will receive an outside meter with two-way radio communications that talks to the electric system and an interior home display that shares information with the meter. The interior display has the ability for customers to program appliances inside the home and monitor the cost of energy as it is being consumed.  A smart grid system provides new features for the customer including more convenience and better, faster service; new rate choices through time of use rates and more control over energy bills.

 The $20 million Smart Grid Investment Grand awarded to Lakeland Electric is the 2nd largest project in the State of Florida and the 29th largest project awarded nationwide.