City Of Winter Haven Turns 100 Years Old

WINTER HAVEN (CBS4) — Winter Haven is 100 years old.

The central Florida city celebrated its 100th birthday Wednesday. City officials wore period costume while listening to period music. They also had birthday cake supplied by Publix super market, whose founder opened the first store in Winter Haven.

The city is also home to Cypress Gardens, which was one of Florida’s first theme parks known for its water ski shows and botanical gardens. It is now home to Legoland, a 150-acre theme park scheduled to open its doors on Oct. 15.

More than 50 million of the iconic plastic Lego building bricks are being incorporated into construction.

The Legoland park in Florida is the fifth in the world and the first one on the U.S. east coast.

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