|Published:||Jul 22, 2012 12:43 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 22, 2012 12:43 PM EDT|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The German American Social Club played host to Mango Mania this weekend, Pine Island's tropical fruit festival.
The weekend-long event featured food, kids activities, music, vendors, contests, and of course everything mango.
Doug Flowerree knows the industry well. Some call him "Mango Man" and he is the owner of the Mango Factory. He says, "Pine Island is probably the only place on the west coast of Florida where we have mangos. Mango is a retracting industry because of all the hurricanes that have hit."
He says his favorite part about the business is that everyone likes his product. "A mango is something that puts a smile on everyone's face."
Flowerree says the fruit is a big slice of the local economy. "There are not that many mango growers anymore, people have gone to palm trees and things like that that are easier. Mangos are harder to grow so we are blessed in Pine Island to be able to grow it," he says.
The event also featured a mango pie eating contest, mango toss, and much more.
About 3,000 people came through the gates on Saturday and organizers were hoping for an even bigger turn out on Sunday.
The Greater Pine Island Chamber of Commerce hosts the event each year.
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