Thursday, July 19, 2018
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Oldsmar turns on country vibe for centennial celebration

OLDSMAR — Cowboy hats and boots are apropos for tonight's second installment of Oldsmar's Fifth Friday event, part of the city's 100th anniversary celebration.

Tonight's concert is dubbed Oldsmar Goes Country and the name says it all: country music, line dancing, beer and a mechanical bull.

Giddyup to R.E. Olds Park; the party starts at 5 and lasts until 10 p.m. It doesn't stop there: an after-party will take place at the Round Up, a country dance bar on W Hillsborough Avenue.

Contemporary country singer Cristi Vale opens the free sunset shindig at the park at 5:30 p.m.

Afterward, the jamboree continues with what is billed as "Oldsmar's Largest Line Dance," sponsored by the Round Up. Instructor Maurice Rowe will lead dancers in the electric slide.

"I've been YouTubing country line dances because I want to have an edge," said Quyen Trujillo, a Realtor who is on Oldsmar's Centennial planning committee and coordinator for the country-styled concert.

"This will be a costumed, themed event so tell everybody they are not invited unless they wear cowboy boots and hat," she said jokingly.

After the line dance, Southern rock band Soul Circus Cowboys will take the stage.

"They are a phenomenal band that can really get the crowd rockin', " Trujillo said.

In addition to the music, there will be food vendors, a beer and wine tent and amusements for children.

Adults can channel John Travolta or Debra Winger in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy as they tackle the mechanical bull.

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Mark your calendar for future "People's Centennial" happenings.

• A Caribbean reggae-themed party is slated for July 29, a Golden Oldies bash for Sept. 30, and the final concert at Tampa Bay Downs with fireworks and national recording artists is on Oct. 1.

• The annual Celebrate Oldsmar Labor Day event with fireworks will take place Sept. 2-3.

The city is also taking submissions of present-day photos and other offerings to be placed in a time capsule to be opened in 2066. Details are on the website oldsmar100.com

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