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Palm Harbor Citrus Festival squeezes in loads of fun

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The second annual Palm Harbor Citrus Festival celebrates the legacy of a town that was born in 1864, grew up on citrus, fish and beef, and boogied till the cows came home with lively fiddlin' music.

The heritage event is presented by the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce and Old Palm Harbor Main Street.

"Our goal was to create a community event that celebrated Palm Harbor's past and created some signature events as well," said Mona Johnson, event chairwoman.

Those signature events include a bake-off, the crowning of a citrus queen and a Dancing With the Stars-type competition.

The citrus bash also features a carnival with a Ferris wheel and other games and rides on Georgia Avenue.

New this year are historical presentations with storytellers sharing folklore and artifacts in Harbor Hall.

Afternoon tours of the historic White Chapel, built in 1924, will be given as well.

Bluegrass, folk and gospel genres will be showcased on the main stage along with local school bands.

Young folks can take part in on some old-fashioned competition with games like bowling with grapefruit and lemon tosses.

Craft and food vendors will line Florida Avenue from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday only.

Bring your best citrus confection to Saturday's "Palmsbury Bake-off." Categories include cookies and bars, cakes and quick breads, pies and tarts, jams and jellies. Enter by noon Saturday at Harbor Hall. Judging takes place at 1 p.m.; winners are announced at 2 p.m.

Also Saturday, 10 local high school students will vie for the title of Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen and a $500 scholarship. Modeling begins at 5 p.m. The pageant final takes place from 7 to 8 p.m.

Do you look like your dog?

That could be an asset Sunday, as the Humane Society stages its look-alike and costume contest at 1 p.m. Adoptable pets will be there too for anyone looking for a potential new best friend.

Then at 4 p.m. Sunday, local celebrities will compete in "Dancing with the Palm Harbor Stars," on the main stage. Josh Linker, a Bay News 9 meteorologist, will emcee.

Putting their best feet forward will be Rick Burton, director of Palm Harbor Parks and Recreation; Connie Davis, president of the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce; Nikki Cruz, Q-105 (WRBQ) radio personality; and Tim Hilson, a Palm Harbor firefighter.

Professional dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio will be their partners.

"Last year, they were so good the crowd was roaring," Johnson said.

If you go

Carnival hours: 4 to 10 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $1 each or buy a wristband for $18 per session.

General festival hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday;

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

Where: Florida and Georgia avenues in historic downtown between Alt. U.S. 19 and Omaha Street.

Info: Call the chamber at (727) 784-4287 or Old Palm Harbor Main Street at (727) 787-4700 or visit

palmharborcitrusfestival.com.

Schedule

tonight

4 to 10 p.m.: Carnival

Saturday

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Carnival

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.: Vendor displays, Florida Avenue

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Historical presentations, Harbor Hall

Noon to 2 p.m.: Cheerleading and karate demonstrations, main stage

1 to 2 p.m.: "Palmsbury Bake-off," Harbor Hall (drop off at noon)

2 to 5 p.m.: School Musicians Showcase I, main stage

2 to 5 p.m.: Tours of historic White Chapel

5 to 6 p.m.: Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen pageant preliminaries, main stage

6 to 7 p.m.: School Musicians Showcase II, main stage

7 to 8 p.m.: Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen pageant final, main stage

Sunday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Carnival

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Historical presentations, Harbor Hall

11 a.m. to noon: Gospel music by Sharon Naumann & Friends, main stage

Noon to 1 p.m.: Folk music by Crystal Beach Quintet, main stage

1 to 2 p.m.: Pet & Partner Party, main stage

2 to 4 p.m.: Music by Paul Dowers, main stage

2 to 4 p.m.: Tours of historic White Chapel

4 to 5 p.m.: Dancing With the Palm Harbor Stars, main stage

Palm Harbor Citrus Festival squeezes in loads of fun 03/18/10 [Last modified: Thursday, March 18, 2010 5:44pm]
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