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Make Way for the Midway, the St. Lucie Fair is Back!



St. Lucie County Fair ferris wheel. Photo via

FT. PIERCE, Fla. (FNN) – The St. Lucie County Fair kicked off on Friday February 25. People both young and old wait for the fair all year and Florida National News was no exception.

There is something for everyone: shopping, art, music, dancing, games, rides, animals, contests and, of course, food. Whether it be deep fried watermelon, kettle corn or just massive portions of the most decadent delicious bites, people use the fair as an excuse to go off their diets.

I had the pleasure of visiting the fair on Saturday. I think my favorite part was the pig racing. I saw musical acts, a mustache competition, Lady Houdini and much much more. I even met a group called Soldier Solutions. They provide rescue dogs that were trained to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD or disabilities. They sell products and raise money to help the cause. For more information, please check out

Lastly, I had to swing by the rides. Not for the faint of heart, some of these adrenaline packed rides were not what I remember as a kid! Just watching them From the sidelines makes you feel like youve been caught in a tornado; Zipping up and down, flipping all over. A suggestion from a fellow fair goer was ‘eat after the rides. Before isnt the greatest idea’.

The fair runs for 10 days, and times vary depending on weekdays or weekends. People of all ages are invited to come out and experience a fun-filled day that will make you want to come back for more.

For hours, directions, ticket information and scheduling, check the St. Lucie County Fairs website for information.

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Servant’s Heart Ministry’s Hearts Against Hunger 5K Kicks Off Saturday, May 14



Photo: Serving Hearts Ministry.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – Servant’s Heart Ministry’s in-person 5K kicks of on May 14, 2022. Attendees can run, walk or stroll through the beautiful streets of Belle Isle in the Greater Orlando area to help bring awareness and support those in need. People can register as an individual or create their very own team. Grab your family, friends, co-workers, running groups, or church groups and make a difference today.

The entry donation fee of $35 provides two full weeks of groceries for one local family. Anyone and everyone can participate. Supporters can help the ministry reach its $40,000 goal by creating a fundraising page or creating a team through the event page.

Those who want to help even more can create their own unique fundraising page after they register to help the ministry reach their goal. Supporters will be able to customize it just the way they want and will be able to share it with others as well as on social media platforms.

As a special thank you, with every $35 donation/registration fee, the ministry will be gifting those registered with a t-shirt the morning of the event while supplies last. Shirt sizes may be limited.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2022
Where: Belle Isle, Florida (Central Florida)
Registration begins: 7:00 AM
Race begins: 8:00 AM

For more information, contact Servant’s Heart Ministry at 407-447-3022, or visit

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Salvation USA Crusade Makes Historic Evangelical Impact in Orlando



Patrons sit in the Magic Mall parking lot to hear the gospel during Salvation USA's crusade. Photo: Hidekel Griffin/Florida National News.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN) – This past weekend, Salvation USA created one of the most historic evangelical events in the city of Orlando, Florida, where hundreds of people said yes to Jesus Christ.


On April 1-3, Salvation USA held three nights of gospel crusade at Magic Mall in Orlando, Florida. The organization worked with many local churches, pastors, and evangelists from Central Florida to spread the word, reap the harvest, and connect all the new believers into a local church for discipleship. Some of the Christian leaders involved include pastors George Cope and Manny Rosario of Vision Orlando, Bishop Derrick McRae of Experience Christian Center, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda of Nations Church, Pastor Caleb Ring of The River Church Clermont, and many others across the city.

In addition to working with the local churches, Salvation USA offered free giveaways for low-income families that suffered financially in the Pine Hills area. They offered bill payments and groceries to every attendee, and other fun gifts for Pine Hills youth. They also gave away at least one free car to someone in need. Most importantly, they gave the best gift of all: salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 1

The first night was one of the most exciting and energetic gospel crusades that ever happened in Orlando, Florida. Eddie James and his worship team did an amazing job leading the crowd into the presence of God. It was also amazing to see Evangelist Steven Hurlburt working with the crowd and getting them excited about Salvation USA’s giveaways. After Evangelist Chris Mikkelson preached the gospel, the response was incredible. At least 70 percent of the crowd raised their hands to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. When Mikkelson asked them to come forward, the altar area was full of people, many crying, receiving Jesus Christ into their hearts.

After the altar call, Mikkelson prayed for the sick, and many people testified of being completely healed. One woman came with severe arthritis all over her body. She said she hadn’t been able to dance or walk without pain. She danced on stage, completely healed and pain-free. Many others testified of being healed of various pains and problems, and one crying mother asked the team of Salvation USA to pray for her son, who was on life support in the ER. They all prayed together for her son to be healed, and they got word from her at the end of the night that the boy was taken off life support, and the doctors said he was completely well.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 2

On the second night of the crusade, rain poured down in Orlando, but a big crowd attended anyway and dozens of people still got saved in the rain. Even though the crowd was very small, a few hundred people still showed up.


Salvation USA Crusade Day 3

On the final night of the Orlando Crusade, hundreds–maybe even thousands–of people attended. There was a strong feeling that something special was about to happen. Eddie James and his team led the crowd into very anointed praise. When Evangelist Chris Mikkelson made the altar call, most of the crowd came forward to receive salvation. It was astonishing!

Mikkelson mentioned on social media that he was used to seeing that happen in Pakistan, but not here in America.

This year, a woman named Rose came with her son to the crusade because they didn’t have any groceries in their house, and they heard that Salvation USA was giving out free food. Not only did she go home with bags of free groceries, but she also got healed from major neck pain that she had for years when Mikkelson prayed for the sick. And if that wasn’t enough to show her how much God cares about her, after the prayer for the sick, she won the free car giveaway. She said to Evangelist Chris Mikkelson, the creator of the crusade, that she didn’t have a car and was very much in need of one for her work, but she couldn’t afford one.


About Chris Mikkelson

Chris Mikkelson is an evangelist who has been doing gospel crusades near the Middle East, in places like Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. Over the last seven years, He has seen over 1.5 million first-time decisions for Jesus, and God has moved mightily with signs and wonders at every crusade. Recently the Lord spoke to him about America and he felt the urgency to start holding crusades right here in the United States.

For more information about Salvation USA and Good News Gospel crusades, go to

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Pine Castle Pioneer Days Holding Annual Event Next Weekend



Pine Castle Pioneer Days Family Festival in 2014. Photo: Orange County Government.

ORLANDO, (FNN) – Pine Castle Pioneer Days is holding its annual event next weekend at Cypress Grove Park.

Pine Castle Pioneer Days is an annual event that shares the history of the Pine Castle area. This year’s theme is “Moo in 22” and will be celebrating the dairy heritage of the area.

This FREE annual family-oriented, community-sponsored event includes live music on two stages, live and static historical and educational displays, hands-on demonstrations, arts & crafts, food and beverage vendors, historical costumes and reenactments, and a variety of activities for children.

Boy Scout Troop 36 will be holding a flag retirement ceremony at dusk on Saturday, so if you have any flags that need to be disposed of, please bring them to the event.

There will be an old-fashioned church service at 8:00 am Sunday morning, led by Father Kevin from Saint Mary of the Angels Episcopal Church.

As always, admission to the event is free.

The event will be held Saturday, February 26th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday, February 27th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Cypress Grove Park, 290 West Holden Ave, Orlando, FL 32809.

For more information visit their Facebook event page or their website.


Lynn DeJarnette is a contributing reporter for Florida National News. |

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