Lakewood Ranch, FL (February 2, 2016) – As final preparations for Grand Ovation at Lakewood Ranch begin, organizers of the 9th annual arts festival are confident of another successful celebration.

“Our schedule for both stages is full, and we are thrilled with the line-up of talented performers,” said event coordinator Rachel Gray. “We’re pleased to welcome some of our favorite groups from years past as well as some new acts that will be joining us for the first time. We’re especially excited to have the Mote Marine Touch Tank back for again this year. There will be plenty to see and do. We’re certain everyone will have a wonderful time.”

On Saturday, February 6th beginning at 11:00 am, Grand Ovation will once again take over Lakewood Ranch Main Street, replacing vehicles with pedestrians and seating at two live performance stages. As always, parking and admission will be free. A charming mix of street festival and concert hall, Grand Ovation is a celebration of the region’s thriving cultural arts community with performances by top musicians, dancers, thespians and vocal groups. Among those scheduled to participate in this year’s event are:

•    Soul Studios
•    Curry Creek Cloggers
•    Sarasota Opera
•    Florida Studio Theatre
•    LWR Ballroom Dance Club
•    Sarasota Ballet
•    The Players Theatre - The Players Kids and The Players Follies & Flash Tappers
•    School of Russian Ballet
•    Sarasota Cuban Ballet School
•    LWR High School Theatre Dept. (Mustang Players)
•    Nick Drivas
•    Sarasota Folk Club
•    Brianna Pozzie (Next Level Talent)
•    Sarasota Chorus of the Keys

The wide array of street vendors and booths is always a fun part of the Grand Ovation experience, and this year will be no exception. Look for displays and booths from the Ringling Museum, Imagine School at Lakewood Ranch, the Lakewood Ranch Fine Arts Department, as well as most of the performing groups.

Lakewood Ranch Main Street will be closed to traffic during festival hours. Seating for the performances will be provided, and coolers are prohibited. Grand Ovation was founded and is supported by LWR Communities LLC.

About Lakewood Ranch
Lakewood Ranch is the 17,500-acre award-winning master-planned community in Sarasota and Manatee counties on the West Coast of Florida. Just minutes from the Gulf Coast beaches and cultural assets in Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is already home to more than 25,000 residents and features A-rated schools, a hospital, the Sarasota Polo Club, the 75-acre Premier Sports Campus, the Ancient Oak Gun Club, its own Main Street with theaters, shopping and dining, and four million square feet of commercial property.

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