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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.

LANCE ARAM ROTHSTEIN | Times (2007)

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 chascofiesta.com or call 1-877-424-2726.)

Today

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.

Saturday

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.

More on the fiesta, Page 7

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

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