Hillbilly Hal isn't one to predict. Crowds, after all, can be as flighty as a bed of clouds.
But if the elements cooperate, Hal expects to sell lots of his boiled peanuts and tangy "leminayde" and "dakari" drinks at the Pasco Fair, which opens at 1 p.m. today on the fairgrounds west of Dade City.
"Out here it's a crap shoot," Hal said Monday as he hung his booth signs. "The weather could be lousy and I could sit here and watch it. Sometimes (I sell) one drink; sometimes 100."
Hillbilly Hal and other operators will peddle their wares during the 45th annual Pasco Fair, scheduled for 1 to 11 p.m. today, 2 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Today's highlights include a kickoff parade through downtown Dade City at 11:30 a.m., a milk-off competition at 2:30 p.m. and a 7:30 p.m. heifer show.
The pet show is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; a steer show will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; and the steer sale will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Several activities are planned for Saturday, including an alligator meat cookoff from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a 2 p.m. hog show and a 7:30 p.m. hog sale.
In conjunction with the fair, the 23rd annual Heart of Florida Folk Festival will feature several musicians from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included in the lineup are Ernie Williams at 11:30, Dennis Devine at 1 p.m.; Mary Ann Dinella and Glenn Geiger at 2:30 p.m. and Ann and Frank Thomas at 4 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for children age 6 to 12. Children under 6 are admitted free.