Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Dunk politicians at Keystone event

Times staff

KEYSTONE — Here's your chance to drop a politician into a dunk tank.

Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez, Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer and Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco have volunteered to perch over a dunk tank as citizens try to hit the target with a ball and send them splashing.

Keystone Family Fun Day, a celebration of the northwest Hillsborough County community's heritage, will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Keystone Recreation Center, 17928 Gunn Highway, just north of the intersection of Van Dyke Road. Admission is free.

Live music, a hayride, a train ride, model railroads, antique fire trucks, classic cars and presentations by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office SWAT and canine teams are planned for the annual event.

People raising money for charities are welcome to spend some time over the dunk tank. Among the groups raising funds at the dunk tank are the ROTC programs from Sickles and Steinbrenner high schools.

Henriquez and Latimer are raising money for Tampa Catholic High School, and Maniscalco is raising money to fight breast cancer.

Interactive displays for kids, face-painting, balloon creatures, an inflatable slide and bounce house and a teller of strange tales will be featured during the Fun Day.

County Commissioner Sandra Murman will call the sack races, a popular event for people of all ages.

"If they can walk and hop, they can do it,'' said Tom Aderhold, who with wife Barbara helps coordinate the Keystone heritage celebration.

Visitors can buy hotdogs and drinks, corn on the cob, sloppy joes and fresh baked goods, with proceeds going to charity. There will be snow cones and popcorn, and a plant sale and raffle are scheduled.

A safety and service pavilion will be set up, and veterans can enroll with the Veterans Administration.

Organizers expect more than 2,500 people to attend.

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