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Celebrate the Fourth at Sparklebration

Today’s Fourth of July Sparklebration festivities at the Pasco County Fairgrounds will include games, food, activities and a fireworks show set to start about 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. 

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Today’s Fourth of July Sparklebration festivities at the Pasco County Fairgrounds will include games, food, activities and a fireworks show set to start about 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. 

DADE CITY — Hankering for an old-fashioned way to celebrate the nation's birthday? Doing your own backyard barbecue thing for the Fourth of July but thinking you might want to top it off with a professional fireworks show?

Head to the Pasco County Fairgrounds today for the annual Sparklebration.

There will be plenty to take in for kids and adults alike, both on the ground and in the air.

Those who go can try their luck with a couple of rounds of cow chip bingo, sample some barbecued brisket in the new cook-off, or gobble hot dogs and watermelon as fast as they can in the traditional food-eating contests.

Entertainment will include DC Country, the Dennis Lee Show on the main stage and a Babies R' Red, White and Blue Pageant, along with a Skydive City skydivers American flag drop-in that should occur about 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

There will be lots to keep the kids busy — face painting, bounce houses, pony rides and a petting zoo. Tony the Balloon Guy will be strolling around handing out free balloon sculptures, and there will be plenty of traditional festival food for sale.

Festivities will be capped off at about 9:15 p.m. with the launch of the fireworks show.

If you go

Gates open at 3 p.m. today for the annual Sparklebration at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. Admission: $5 (12 and younger free). Parking: $5. Festival seating. Chairs and blankets welcome. No personal fireworks, pets, alcohol, food items or coolers. For a complete schedule, go to www.pascocountyfair.com.

Celebrate the Fourth at Sparklebration 07/03/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 10:15am]
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