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A weekend full of seafood, flapjacks

Published Oct. 2, 2005

After a one-year hiatus, the Hudson Seafest opens at 5 p.m. today and continues through 4 p.m. Sunday with non-stop live entertainment, arts and crafts, a bake sale, yard sale, fishing tournament, carnival and, the centerpiece, a grouper dinner with all the trimmings.

"We're really working to make this a good one," said Al Meyer, president of the Seafest.

Festival headquarters will be at the former SuperX grocery store on Clark Street, one block west of U.S. 19 in Hudson. The other events will be along Clark Street from U.S. 19 to Old Dixie Highway.

Fish-fry hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A full dinner costs $6, grouper sandwiches are $3 and chowder is $2.

Among the entertainers will be rock 'n' roll bands Loose Enz and Wiley Fox and Knight Sounds, the Hudson Middle School Jazz Ensemble, the gospel Praise Band and the Calvary Chapel Worship Center group, and accordionist Rich Ricardi.

On Saturday, the CARES Hudson Senior Center will have a yard sale, bake sale, bag sale and marathon bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There also will be arts and crafts at the center, 14205 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson.

Up to 30 people are expected to have booths of arts and crafts for display and sale.

A fishing tournament with more than $3,000 in cash prizes is being held today and Saturday, with weigh-in at Skeleton Key Marina, 6300 Clark St., between 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The entry fee is $35 for each angler, with $20 more for every additional division entered.

Entertainment starts at 6 p.m. today with disc jockey Jon Theurer, followed from 7 to 10 p.m. by the rock group Loose Enz.

Saturday's lineup: 11 a.m., Calvary Chapel; noon, Praise Band; 1 p.m., Rich Ricardi; 2 to 5 p.m., Vaughn Bean Quartet; 5 to 7 p.m., Undercover; 7 p.m., Crystal Gifford; 8 to 10 p.m., Wiley Fox.

Sunday's entertainment: 11 a.m., Just Country Dancers; noon, the Grapevine; 1 p.m., HMS Jazz Ensemble; 2 to 4 p.m., Knight Sounds.

TK Productions will be master of ceremonies for the shows.

The Hudson Seafest started in 1985 and has been held every year since except 1992 and 1996. Proceeds from the events have gone toward college scholarships, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pasco County, Hudson Elementary School and an ongoing sidewalk and tree-planting project.