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BEACH BASH BLOWOUT

The Hernando Chamber of Commerce's annual summer event will offer fun, food and drinks.

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce expects about 300 people to celebrate summer Thursday at an old-fashioned fish fry at the Point at Pine Island.

For a decade, the chamber's annual Beach Bash has attracted all kinds of Hernando County residents, chamber director Wanda Kelly said.

The location for this year's bash is a stretch of private property the chamber has secured about half a mile from Alfred A. McKethan Park, Kelly said.

"We've gotten a really great location this year right on the Gulf of Mexico," she said.

The outdoor event will feature summer pastimes such as volleyball, horseshoes and airboat rides, Kelly said.

Brooksville's own Alan Langworthy will entertain crowds with his country music.

Kelly plans to have about 10 large tents where hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold, as well as a traditional fish fry menu. Beer, wine and soda also will be available.

"It should be a very nice evening with a nice breeze off the water," Kelly said.

The Beach Bash begins at 6 p.m. and dress is very casual.

"Anyone who shows up in a suit will be very overdressed," Kelly said.

Tickets are $10 and must be bought in advance.

For tickets and information, call the chamber office at 796-0697, ext. 10.

There will be shuttle transportation from the parking area at Alfred A. McKethan Park on Pine Island, Kelly said. Coolers are not allowed, but lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged.

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