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Pasco revels in Chasco Fiesta

(ran Pasco edition)

Pasco County's annual Chasco Fiesta celebrates the 16th-century friendship between the Calusa Indians, who lived here, and Spanish colonists, who settled in the area.

A re-enactment of this cultural mix _ and the fictional tale of the love affair between Queen Chasco and King Pithla _ is the centerpiece of a slate of events to observe the occasion and raise money for a variety of charity organizations.

The revelry includes a Coronation Ball, street parade, barbecue dinners served by the West Pasco Sertoma Club (beef) and Lions Club (chicken), a flea market and antique sale, live entertainment, a display of antique cars and a baby pageant.

Sporting entries in the festival calendar have included a horseshoe, volleyball, bowling and shuffleboard tournaments and 5K run.

And did we mention the boat parade, arts and crafts show, stamp exhibit and the carnival midway?

The 1993 fiesta will be March 12-21.

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