Jeremy Camp performs at Chasco Fiesta's Contemporary Christian Family Night

Jeremy Camp considers his music a ministry, and his concerts often include minisermons.

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Jeremy Camp considers his music a ministry, and his concerts often include minisermons.

Pasco County's largest festival, Chasco Fiesta, continues in full swing today through March 28 in and around Sims Park in New Port Richey, featuring the Native American Festival and Pow Wow, Native American dance competition, live daily entertainment in Sims Park Amphitheater, 15 food vendors, special barbecues, athletic events and a carnival midway.

Today's big event is the Contemporary Christian Family Night concert, featuring five-time Dove Award winner Jeremy Camp, his wife, Adie, and the quartet Among the Thirsty. Tickets are $20 general admission and $30 for special seating. Gates open at 6 p.m.

Camp's most recent release was Speaking Louder Than Before, which the singer says is aimed at young people. Two of the tracks, You Will Be There and I Know Who I Am, are drawn directly from the Bible. The son of a minister, Camp considers his singing his own kind of ministry. His concerts often include minisermons, as does his latest album.

Adie Camp recently released her own music album, Just You and Me, and is scheduled to be one of the opening acts for today's show.

The day also has other big events, including the first round of competition in the Native American Festival's men's traditional dance category at 8 p.m. at the campground circle by the Cotee River.

Saturday's events go from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and include the huge Chasco Fiesta Street Parade at 1 p.m. It starts at the intersection of Grand Boulevard and Gulf Drive, goes north on Grand, around Orange Lake, south on Bank Street, and west on Main Street to U.S. 19.

Saturday is also Rock 'n' Roll Tribute Day, featuring the Wholigans, a Who tribute band, and other performers from 1 to 11 p.m.

Today

Noon to 11 p.m.: West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue

5 to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival and Pow Wow

5 to 11 p.m.: Carnival midway

6 to 11 p.m.: Contemporary Christian Family Night

6:30 p.m.: Lighthouse Coronation Ball (Spartan Manor); Arvel Bird at Native American Festival

7 p.m.: Grand Entry of dancers, Native American Festival

8 p.m.: First round of men's traditional dance competition

Saturday

8 to 11 a.m.: Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast ($4)

8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Flea Market, Arts, Crafts Village, parking lot corner of Circle Boulevard and Central Avenue

9 a.m. to noon: Junior Service League Children's Village

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Florida Blood Services Bloodmobile

10 a.m. to noon: Register for Chasco Main Street Mile at Schwettman Education Center

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Native American Festival and Pow Wow

11 a.m. to 11 p.m.: Carnival midway rides; West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue

Noon: Arvel Bird, violinist, Native American Festival

12:30 p.m.: Chasco Main Street Mile

1 p.m.: Grand Entry, Native American Festival and Pow Wow; Chasco Fiesta Street Parade

1 to 11 p.m.: Rock 'n' Roll Tribute Day

7 p.m.: Grand Entry, Native American Festival, dance competition

For a full schedule of events, see the Chasco special edition that ran Wednesday inside the Pasco and Hernando editions of the Times.

Jeremy Camp performs at Chasco Fiesta's Contemporary Christian Family Night 03/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 18, 2010 7:17pm]

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