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Fairgrounds offers shows galore, with nary a corn dog in sight

For a Tampa Bay Kennel Club dog show at the fairgrounds in 2005, Bart, a 2-year-old golden retriever, has his hair blown dry by owner Pamela Oxenberg of Boca Raton.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2005)

For a Tampa Bay Kennel Club dog show at the fairgrounds in 2005, Bart, a 2-year-old golden retriever, has his hair blown dry by owner Pamela Oxenberg of Boca Raton.

TAMPA — Tea time, dog training classes, horse shows and model train shows will keep local residents busy throughout December at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

Groups of five or more can learn about the 19th century social custom of tea time from 1:30 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Cracker Country museum. The cost is $20 per person.

The Hillsborough County 4-H Dog Project will hold dog training classes for 4-H members ages 8 to 18 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays in obedience, rally and junior showmanship. At 7 p.m., adult and children dog training classes are offered to the public. For more information on 4-H classes, e-mail Sally Alford Manning at [email protected] For more information on adult and children's dog training classes, contact Shelby Stevens at [email protected] or 685-6684.

From Dec. 4-7, the Central Florida Hunter Jumper Association will host a horse show at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Participants pay entry and stall rental fees; admission and parking are free for spectators. For more information, visit www.cfhja.com or call Dani Becker at 839-0111.

Learn how Christmas was celebrated in 1898 on Dec. 6 through a hands-on historical interpretation, music and the making of traditional decorations at the Cracker Country museum. For information, visit www.crackercountry.org or call 627-4225.

Also on Dec. 6, visitors can explore Cracker Country at dusk with a Christmas lamp-light tour through a selection of historic homes and community buildings to see how rural Floridians would have celebrated Christmas. For information on fees, visit www.crackercountry.org or call 627-4225.

Visitors can test-drive the tractor of their choice on Dec. 6 during a John Deere tractor caravan ride-'n'-drive. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Pavilion parking lot. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.highlandtractor.com, e-mail Sheila Guthrie at [email protected] or call (941) 751-1499.

The Suncoast Gun Show and Sale will feature about 400 tables of firearms accessories, such as gun parts, tools, knives, cases, locks, cartridge boxes and belts, and ammunition from Dec. 6-7 at the Charles M. Davis Special Events Center. For more information about show times and admission, visit www.suncoastgunshows.com or call (330) 963-6964.

On Dec. 7 at the Ford Amphitheatre, 10 bands will perform on multiple stages as part of the 97X Next Big Thing Live Rock Show. The bands include Flogging Molly, Flobots and Saving Abel. For more information, visit www.97xonline.com or call the Ford Amphitheatre at (813) 740-2446.

Cheerleading teams from nine surrounding counties will battle it out from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13-14 at the Charles M. Davis Special Events Center. For more information, visit www.allamericanyouth.org or call (813) 885-2292.

Also on Dec. 13-14, the Southeast Hunter Jumper Association will hold a horse competition in the Grand Prix Ring and Pony Ring at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center starting at 8 a.m. each day. For more information, visit www.sehj.com or call Eric Lavin at (352) 797-7469.

The Fourth Annual Tampa Model Train Show and Sale will be held Dec. 20-21 in the Charles M. Davis Special Events Center. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.gserr.com, e-mail Alan Altman at [email protected] or call (813) 949-7197.

From Dec. 27 to Jan. 2, the Winter Quarter Horse Circuit comes to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, attracting quarter horses, their owners, trainers and riders from across the country as part of the 42nd annual Florida Gold Coast Circuit. For information, visit www.fqha.net or call Peg Edmondson at (941) 484-4687.

For general information on prices and events at the fairgrounds, call the main office at 621-7821, the information line at 622-7275 or visit www.floridastatefair.com and click on the calendar of events.

Saundra Amrhein can be reached at [email protected] or 661-2441.

Fairgrounds offers shows galore, with nary a corn dog in sight 11/27/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 27, 2008 3:31am]
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