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Chasco Fiesta continues its run in Sims Park

NEW PORT RICHEY — The pounding of Native American drums, the wailing of classic rock guitars and the shrieks of carnival riders will fill the air today as Chasco Fiesta continues its something-for-everyone festivities at Sims Park.

Dancers have come from all over the country to participate in the Native American Pow Wow and Festival, which wraps up its three-day run today. The grand entry is scheduled for 1 p.m., with an afternoon of teens and adults showcasing traditional dancing in authentic, colorful garb. Visitors can also check out educational presentations on American Indian cultures and buy authentic crafts.

The festival, which runs through Saturday, continues with a full lineup of live music, carnival rides and festival food, plus today's car show and the conclusion of the flea market and arts and crafts village.

The lineup for the next few days includes:

Today

• 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: 14th annual Car, Truck & Bike Show, around Orange Lake.

• 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Flea Market and Arts & Crafts Village open.

• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Sertoma beef barbecue

• 10 a.m.: Native American vendors open

• 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.: Warrior on Horseback presentation

• 1 p.m.: Grand entry of Native American dancers

• 1 to 9:30 p.m.: Classic Rock at Sims Park amphitheater, with Doobie Brothers tribute band China Grove plus the Sunset Rebels, Thee Guilty Pleasure Band and Time Bandits.

• 1 to 8 p.m.: Carnival midway and food vendors open.

• 5 p.m.: Announcement of winners in Native American Pow Wow.

Monday

• 5 to 9 p.m.: Youth Music Showcase at Sims Park amphitheater, featuring performances by students from local schools.

• 5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival midway and food vendors open.

Tuesday

• 5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival midway and food vendors open.

• 5:30 p.m.: 3rd annual Chasco Fiesta Bowling Tournament at Lane Glo Bowl South, 8631 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Spectators welcome. Hosted by the West Pasco Young Professionals Group.

• 6 to 10 p.m.: Bluegrass Music at Sims Park amphitheater, featuring Backwater with West Coast Bluegrass Boys.

Wednesday

• 5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival midway and food vendors open.

• 6 to 10 p.m.: A Grateful Nation concert, featuring singer-songwriter Julie Black and Journey tribute band Odyssey Road. This event, hosted by Sand Soldiers of America, honors the military, first responders and their families.

Additional information is available in the Chasco Fiesta special section that ran Thursday in the Tampa Bay Times, and at www.chascofiesta.com.

Chasco Fiesta continues its run in Sims Park 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 11:50am]
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