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Weekend of music, food, culture at Chasco Fiesta

Joseph Big Mountain of the Cree Nation from Syracuse, N.Y., dances at the Chasco Fiesta.


Joseph Big Mountain of the Cree Nation from Syracuse, N.Y., dances at the Chasco Fiesta.

NEW PORT RICHEY — More than 65 dancers from the United States and Canada begin competing for $11,000 in prizes at 7 p.m. today, as Pasco County's oldest, largest and longest celebration continues in and around Sims Park.

The American Indian dance competition is in the performance ring by the Cotee River. It starts with a grand entry of dancers in full regalia, followed by the dancing. More dancers will compete at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, with finals and announcement of winners set for 1 p.m. Sunday.

In the park's amphitheater, the Dove Award-winning singer Natalie Grant will headline "Contemporary Christian Family Music Night," with opening acts Shepherd's View, Consumed and Desert Rain. The music goes from 6 to 11 p.m. tonight.

Food vendors will be open, including the West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue tent.

Saturday's big events are the street parade at 1 p.m. and the Rock 'n' Roll Tribute show from 4 to 11 p.m. in the amphitheater.

(For a complete daily schedule, see the special Chasco Fiesta guidebook in the March 26 edition of the Pasco Times, visit or call 1-877-424-2726.)


9 a.m.-10 p.m.: Native American Festival.

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

5-11 p.m.: Chasco Carnival.

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

6:30 p.m.: Lighthouse Coronation Ball.


8-11 a.m.: Cotee River Lions Club Breakfast.

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

9 a.m.-7 p.m.: Chasco Fiesta Flea Market, Craft & Antique Sale, New Port Richey Recreation Center on Van Buren Street.

10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Native American Festival.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Junior Service League Children's Village.

11 a.m.-11 p.m. : Chasco Carnival; West Pasco Sertoma Beef Barbecue.

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

1 p.m.: WellCare Chasco Fiesta Street Parade.

4-11 p.m.: Rock 'n' Roll Tribute Day.

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Weekend of music, food, culture at Chasco Fiesta 03/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2008 9:32pm]
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