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Upcoming west-central Florida festivals include Cotee River Seafood and Blues; Stringbreak Music Fest; and more

In a couple of day's we'll be putting the Chasco Fiesta in the rear-view mirror. But the weather's still feeling just right and so festival season carries on. Among the upcoming events you may want to put on your calendar:

The 30th annual Florida Old Time Music Championship, 5 to 10 p.m. April 6 and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 7 at the Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Guests of honor are "Moonshine Holler" featuring Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof. Competitions include harmonica, dobro, autoharp, fiddle, mandolin, washboard, guitar, banjo and more. Admission: $5 on April 6; $10 on April 7. Children under 12 are free. There will be camping in the rough (no hookups). Cost is $10 per night in advance; $12 at the gate. For information and contest rules visit www.fotmc.org or call (352) 567-0262.

Tampa Bay Blues Fest, April 13-15 in Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg. Entertainment includes Roomful of Blues, Los Lonely Boys, Tower of Power, Jimmie Vaughn, Charles Bradley and Delbert McClinton. Single day tickets, three-day-passes, VIP tickets and after-hours party tickets available. Go to www.tampabaybluesfest.com.

Cotee River Seafood and Blues Festival, April 27-29 in downtown New Port Richey. Entertainment includes Sean Chambers, Josh Lampkin, Thunderbolt Brown Blues Band, Kathy Jo and the Bluzification Band, RJ Howsen, Time Bandits, students of Music Matters Rock School and the winners of the Fresh Catch blues competition sponsored by Cocktails. Boat and water crafts show, river cruises, arts and crafts, kayak demonstrations, oyster-eating contest. Check out the winners of Pasco Camera Exchange's annual photo contest (amateur photographers can pick up a copy of the rules and submission form now at Pasco Camera's Main Street store).

Stringbreak Music Fest, April 27-29 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Entertainment includes Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Solas, Blue Highway, Chris Smither, Bill Blue Band, Malcolm Holcolmbe, Have Gun Will Travel, Jennings & Keller, Packway Handle Band, Gatorbone, the Aaron O'Rourke Trio and the Wholetones. Advance single-day tickets are, for adults: $25 for April 27 (at the gate, $30); $35 for April 28 (at the gate, $40). Two-day tickets are $75 (at the gate, $84). For ages 13-17, a two-day ticket is $20 (at the gate, $25). Children under 12 free. Camping rates available. Visit www.lindentertainment.com.

Florida Blueberry Festival, May 4-6 in downtown Brooksville. Street parade, pie-baking contest, blueberry-stomping contest, art show, street entertainers, live music on various stages, arts and crafts, car show, bike fest, festival fare and gourmet foods and more. For information or contest and parade entry forms go to www.floridablueberryfestival.org.

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