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Oldsmar to cap festival Saturday with fireworks

Put some sparkle and shimmer into your Labor Day weekend with an evening fireworks display over Old Tampa Bay.

Celebrate Oldsmar takes place from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at the scenic R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W.

The daylong event offers old-fashioned family fun at yesteryear's prices. Parking and admission are free.

"It began several years ago when the Fourth of July activities were postponed because of the weather," Mayor Jim Ronecker said. "We decided to do something on Labor Day weekend and found out fireworks were much cheaper after July 4. It's become a wonderful annual event, and the fireworks get better and better every year."

Children can visit with Arthur, the popular children's book character who stars in the PBS series Arthur's World. As part of his "world tour," he's visiting Great Explorations, the Children's Museum in St. Petersburg. He'll be at the park from 6 to 8 p.m. and available for photos.

Little ones can bounce on inflatables beginning at 4 p.m. or take part in carnival, games and rides beginning at noon. Dollar pony rides are available from 6 to 9 p.m.

Ozona, a five-piece contemporary funk band from the bay area, will entertain from 5 to 9 p.m.

Fireworks will begin about 9:15 p.m. and will last about 30 minutes, said Jack Abert, sponsorship and event coordinator for the city.

Food prices at the fun fest are a bargain. Hot dogs and peanuts are $1, while ice cream, burgers, chicken nuggets and bratwurst are $1.50. Soda goes for 50 cents.

"It's our way of giving back to the community," Abert said.

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Celebrate Oldsmar

What: An old-fashioned Labor Day weekend celebration.

When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Where: R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W.

What to bring: Sunscreen and blankets or chairs for seating.

Cost: Parking and admission free. Food ranges from 50 cents to $1.50.

Information: (813) 749-1273.

Oldsmar to cap festival Saturday with fireworks 08/28/08 [Last modified: Thursday, August 28, 2008 6:44pm]
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