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Age verification (21 or older) will be required to receive tasting tickets.
Family-friendly and Dog-friendly event
The event, running from 10 am. to 4 p.m. at the Mulberry Civic Center, 901 N.E. Fifth St., is a spinoff of the Downtown Lakeland Partnership’s Brewz Crewz, a beer festival that continued for about five years before ending in 2015. Hot Rods & Hounds, in partnership with Fifth Third Bank and Lakeland Automall, is a reinvention of Brewz Crewz, which wrapped around the Citizens Bank & Trust Building in downtown Lakeland. The Hops & Hounds festival was originally scheduled for September but had to be postponed because of Hurricane Irma.
Advanced general admission tickets are just $17 and advanced VIP tickets are just $35. Day of general admission tickets are $35 and VIP are $50. Admission tickets are only required if you plan to participate in the beer tasting portion of the event. Must provide valid ID before reaching wrist band.
Classic car owners will be coming from Fort Lauderdale and across Florida and as far as Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. National level show cars will be on hand, including his 1930, all-steel Model A Coupe on a custom frame.
As an open show, most show automobiles will be street rods, custom motorcycles and pickup trucks but other categories could be created at the event. He said Fifth Third Bank trophies featuring a dog on top of each will be given to winners in various classifications such as Cars Stock, Cars Modified, Best of Show, Trucks, Street Rods, Foreign and Motorcycles. In addition, a version of TV’s classic Batmobile will be displayed, as well as golf carts customized to scale as famous cars such as Mercedes-Benz and Hummers.
More than 100 custom cars will be on display at the first SPCA Florida Hot Rods, Hops & Hounds Car Show & Beer Fest. Proceeds from the event at the Mulberry Civic Center will go to the homeless animals of SPCA Florida.
Participating breweries for Hops & Hounds are: Anchor, San Francisco; Boston Beer; Ballast Point, San Diego; Funky Buddha, Oakland Park; Lagunitas, Petaluma, California; SaltWater, Delray Beach; Yeungling, Tampa; and Terrapin, Athens, Georgia. The beer vendors have been coordinated by Auburndale’s BrewPOP Brewery, owned by Jerry and Carmen Sowders. Breweries have the right to refuse service to anyone at any time for any reason.
Live music will be provided by Tampa folk rock band Glass House Point, which will play while visitors walk about. Kids’ Zone with activities for children will be set up.
There will be a VIP lounge serving brunch and mimosas from 11 am until 2 pm. All visitors must be over 21 years old with a valid ID to drink.
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