NEW PORT RICHEY — The nine-day Chasco Fiesta is heading into the homestretch with a packed lineup of live music, mouth-watering barbecue, thrilling carnival rides and the popular boat parade on Saturday.
Confederate Railroad, Jennifer Lee and Nevaeh Peek will take to the Sims Park amphitheater stage from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight for A Grateful Nation concert, hosted by Sand Soldiers of America and other sponsors. The free music continues with the Blues Masters concert from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday, featuring Southern Hospitality with Julie Black; and with Friendly Kia True Oldies Night from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, featuring the Black Honkeys with 60's Groove.
Then on Saturday comes the main event: The Chasco Fiesta Country Concert, featuring Randy Houser with the Henningsens and Desert Rain Band. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Tickets are available at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, (727) 842-7651; Synovus Bank in Pasco, (727) 841-6677 or (727) 835-0130; or online at chascofiesta.com.
In the meantime, you can also catch the carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. today and Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and wrapping up from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday (wristbands are $15 today and Thursday, $20 Friday and Saturday).
Other events will be in full swing on Saturday, the final day of Chasco Fiesta.
Scores of decorated boats will line up at 1 p.m. Saturday for Florida's oldest boat parade. The parade begins at Millers Bayou and winds up the Pithlachascotee River to Sims Park.
West Pasco Sertoma will fire up its chicken barbecue at Sims Park from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
And various fundraising tournaments will be under way this weekend, too.
The Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament is slated for a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Fox Hollow Golf Club. The Chasco Fiesta Softball Tournament will run all day Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. A pickleball tournament will run Saturday at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.
Rounding out the offerings Saturday are the Cotee River Lions Club breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., and the Chasco Fiesta Pet Adoption Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Orange Lake.