Johnathon Ferland, the 11-year-old bicyclist who survived being hit by a traffic sign and metal pole because of his bike helmet, will be honored at 10:30 a.m. today at Largo Middle School. The sixth-grader was standing at an intersection Tuesday when a truck rolled down a nearby embankment, felled two signs and barely missed hitting Johnathon. The boy was struck by a yellow pedestrian sign that sliced his neck. Johnathon will be recognized for adhering to bicycle safety and be given a new bicycle helmet.
'Vatican Splendors' opens at museum
The long anticipated "Vatican Splendors" exhibit opens Saturday at the Florida International Museum. It runs through May 11. General admission is $20; $17 for seniors; $13 ages 6-12. Information: (727) 341-7900 or floridamuseum.org.
Gates open for Florida State Fair
The 104th annual Florida State Fair opens Thursday at the fairgrounds in Tampa at U.S. 301 and Interstate 4 and runs through Feb. 18. This year's theme is "It's Showtime, Baby." The fair features agricultural exhibits, entertainment and midway rides and food. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 11 and free for 5 and younger. Parking is free; gates open daily at 9 a.m. Closing varies by day. For more information, go to www.floridastatefair.com.
Quilt show and festival on tap
The Pioneer Florida Museum's 18th annual Farm Festival and Quilt Showruns from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8 adults, $4 for children 10-17, $2 for children 5-9, and younger than 5 free. The museum is on Pioneer Museum Road, off U.S. 301 a mile north of Dade City. Visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org for information.