DADE CITY — If you weren't among the 40,000-plus people who attended this year's Kumquat Festival, you can still catch a glimpse of what you missed.
Albeit from a few hundred feet.
As it happens, the latest Google Maps aerial images of downtown Dade City were taken Jan. 26, as the Kumquat Festival was in full swing.
"You couldn't ask for any better than that," said John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the city's signature festival.
He figures the images were taken about 10 a.m., based on the shadows, the position of buses by the chamber office and the number of cars in the satellite parking lot. Yes, he's spent some time studying the pictures.
"It's really neat," he admitted. "I can see my car."
You can also see the vendor booths lining Meridian Avenue and several side streets, as well as ant-sized people enjoying the celebration of east Pasco's iconic fruit. (Look up downtown Dade City on Google Maps to see for yourself — we can't do the image justice in this space.)
Aside from the novelty, Moors said the bird's-eye view could also help organizers as they plan next year's event. And being the chamber director, Moors is also brainstorming the marketing possibilities.
"It's just unbelievably unique that it happened to be on the biggest day of anything that happens in the town," he said.