I'll be returning to Lakeland soon for more research. I still remember the hot dog vendor in Munn Park, yelling "hot dog, chili dog, whooo!!" He got loads of business since he monopolized the park foot traffic.
It would be fun to see "Politics in the Park" one election season, but only if it shaped up to be a true clash of the titans--like Lawton Chiles vs Jeb Bush.
It's hard to imagine the time when the entire town showed up at the rally.