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.)
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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