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5 things to do under $5 March 20-27

1 Bacon Fest: You had us at bacon. For this event at Whole Foods in Carrollwood, $5 gets you 10 tasting tickets to sample savory bacon in an array of treats and vote for your favorite for the chance of winning a gift card. The store department with the best bacon dish is awarded $100 to be donated to charity of their choice. It runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Whole Foods Market Carrollwood, 3802 Northdale Blvd., Tampa. (813) 264-3600.

2 Tampa Bay Water Ski Show Team: The ski team is back on the water, kicking off the 2014 season with a series of free shows with skiers ages 6-60 performing theatrical water shows similar to those we used to see at Cypress Gardens (or in that Go-Go's video). All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts. This week features a show full of country music at Tower Lake, 130 Burbank Road, Oldsmar, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

3 Florida Water Festival: Designed to educate about the importance of protecting our water resources, the Florida Water Environment Association disguises its lofty mission with live music, a children's poster contest, water animal face painting, caricatures and other activities. It's free at Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

4 Great American Camp-Out: Families with at least one child 12 or younger can spend the night under the stars while learning how to set up a tent, cook outdoors and participate in crafts and games at Lake Park, 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz. The camp-out starts at 1 p.m. Saturday and ends at 9 a.m. Sunday. It's $2 per vehicle (up to eight people). Register online by visiting, or call (813) 635-3519.

5 Chasco Fiesta: The nine-day festival kicks off Friday with a carnival and midway with a special children's village for younger ones with arts and crafts, face painting and other activities. The street parade is at 1 p.m. Saturday with more than 140 units including 40 professional floats, pirate krewes, beads and awards for best special effects. Admission is free, and a wristband for carnival rides is $15 Monday-Thursday, $20 Friday-Sunday; held at Sims Park, 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey. It runs 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday and 5-10 p.m. weekdays.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 March 20-27 03/17/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:15pm]
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