ALACHUA ‒ With beau tiful weather that seemed more springlike than winter, the Okito Tech City Fun Fest kicked off Saturday morning to crowds of festival goers. The event was billed as a way to “bring the community together for a day of pure fun, with over 125 vendors and food trucks, music, interactive games, and raffles, including a $1,000 scholarship for school supplies for one lucky Alachua County teacher.” Okito America partnered with San Felasco Tech City, Fun 4 Gator Kids, and Coca-Cola for a day of fun for all ages.

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If attendance was any indication, the festival lived up to its claims as crowds started arriving mid-morning. Using geofencing, organizers estimate that some 4,000 people were on site at the event. To make accommodations for parking the many vehicles bringing in festival goers, a shuttle bus carried people from a designated parking area on U.S. Highway 441 to the San Felasco Tech City where the event was staged.

Kicking off the festival was the official ribbon cutting of Okito America’s newest location in San Felasco Tech City. Surrounded by a group of people including San Felasco Tech City founder and developer Mitch Glaeser and Alachua Chamber of Commerce President Adam Boukari, Okito America’s owner, Orlando Milan, wielded the oversized ceremonial scissor, cutting the ribbon and officially opening the martial arts studio.

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