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  1. Plan your weekend Feb. 5-7: Florida State Fair, orchestra salutes Final Fantasy video game music, Monster Jam returns

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    Plan your weekend

    Food on a stick

    Florida State Fair: The fair returns today and runs through Feb. 15 with rides, exhibits, entertainment, animals and of course lots of deep-fried food on a stick. Admission is $11-$13 at the gate at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. You can save money if …

    Stage Masters of Illusion The family-friendly spectacular features grand illusions, vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, sleight of hand and audience participation. Performers, from the hit CW television show Masters of Illusion, include Jonathan Pendragon, who was on Magic Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential magicians; Greg Gleason, above, who makes a helicopter materialize on stage; Las Vegas favorite Michael Turco, who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent; and magic-comedian Nathan Phan. $22-$52 at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Pete. 8 p.m. Friday. (727) 893-7832. mahaffeytheater.com.
  2. Things to do Planner: Renaissance Festival, Masters of Illusion, Undy Run

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    HUZZAH! Bay Area Renaissance Festival

    There will be juggling, mimes, archery contests, turkey drumsticks and more at the 38th annual Bay Area Renaissance Festival.
  3. Concerts, Clydesdales other highlights of the 2016 Florida State Fair

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    The Florida State Fair Runs Thursday through Feb. 15 at 4802 U.S. 301 N in Tampa. Admission: You can save money if you buy tickets in advance for $9, $5 ages 6-11 at FloridaStateFair.com. Otherwise it's $11-$13 at the gate. Make a donation at any Goodwill Industries location and get a coupon good for $2 off admission. …

  4. The Florida State Fair is full of first-time attractions this year

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    Like the new "Sweetheart" doughnut from the Amish Baking Company, the Florida State Fair is stuffed with new attractions and fresh twists on old favorites.

    Aerial view of the Florida State Fair midway
  5. Florida cool brings hot deals at Disney, Busch Gardens and more

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    Aside from the lack of snow and ice, it's great to be a Floridian in winter for the deals theme parks and attractions roll out during the slow time. The bargains come when the weather and the crowds are tepid.

    A Brazilian couple take a selfie near Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
  6. At Universal's Celebration of Harry Potter, actors including Rupert Grint give a look behind scenes

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    Rupert Grint could feel Alan Rickman looming behind him as he drew an unflattering portrait of Rickman's character Severus Snape while filming a potions class.

    Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint are making their first appearance at the celebration this weekend.
  7. Oh, Barbie: Your changing body still keeps adults talking

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    Barbie finally ate a sandwich!

    After more than half a century of boasting a waistline that in real life would measure about 18 inches, the Barbie doll will now be available in a "curvy" version, Mattel Inc. announced Thursday, along with "tall" and "petite" models as well as "original Barbie."

    Mattel, the maker of the famous plastic doll, said it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. [Mattel via AP]
  8. 'Dinosaurs in Motion' exhibit brings ancient life to struggling MOSI

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    The metal dinosaurs look more like pieces of art than the dusty fossils you'd expect in a museum. Controlling the ferocious chomp of T. rex jaws gives the new "Dinosaurs in Motion" exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry a primal thrill.

    Using gears and levers, visitors to MOSI's Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit opening Jan. 30 can take control of life-size metal dino skeletons, including a 44-foot-long T. rex.
  9. With concern over disease looming, kumquat capital prepares for annual festival Saturday

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    DADE CITY — The kumquat, a pint-size citrus fruit with a powerful punch, is an exotic that originally hails from south Asia. It can be popped in the mouth whole or mashed and mixed into confections, casseroles or desserts.

    There is concern about future kumquat harvests in the area.
  10. Plan your weekend Jan. 29-31: Gasparilla, country mega show, MOSI dinosaurs

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    Plan your weekend

    Pirates

    Gasparilla: Arr, mateys, it be that time again for the booze and the beads and that pirate costume buried in your treasure chest. Festivities include Pre-Invasion Celebration on Friday in Curtis Hixon Park with The Voice winners the Swon Brothers ($20). …

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