Even though Ponce De Leon is long dead, his spirit is alive at the Florida State Fair. His character appears in the high-energy show Zoom'N, which tells the history of our state.
Ponce belts out tunes as pirates bounce on trampolines and lithe wenches perform gymnastic moves on long silk scarves that hang from the rafters. It is a toe-tapping experience.
"Do you think the original Ponce could do the singing and dancing?," FOX 13 asked.
"He might have," responded Dorene Collier, who runs Event Show Productions, which produced the show. "I guess we'll never know."
The state hopes all of us know more about Ponce by the end of the year. It is kicking off a yearlong, statewide campaign called "Viva Florida 500." The Florida State Fair is one of the heavyweight events launching it.
There are 200 more coming down the pike.
Viva Florida 500 is meant to be a refresher course in history and help our economy.
The Fair is taking Ponce mania seriously. Well, maybe not. The logo for the Fair this year is a muscled-up steer wearing a helmet.
"Well, that is Ponce Del Moo Leon and he a conquistador," said Terri Parnell, director of sales and marketing.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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