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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting April 20

Published Apr. 14, 2018


Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show and Sale: The fair concludes April 21 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. Featuring midway rides, musical performances, games, contests, livestock shows, food vendors, a petting zoo, and more. On April 20, in the arena, there will be a lawn mower demolition derby, figure 8 and backwards lawnmower race beginning at 7 p.m. April 21 will include mutton busting (sheep riding) competition at 3 p.m., Catch the Ribbon (off lamb tail) competition at 4 p.m., greased pig contest (different age groups) at 5 p.m.; In the arena will be a musical performance and demolition derby at 7 p.m. General admission is $8, $4 ages 4-12, 3 and younger are free. There is a separate fee for arena events and to enter competitions. Ride armbands are $20-$25. Call (352) 796-4552.

Repticon: The nationally-touring reptile and exotic animal expo returns to New Port Richey from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutillio Court. Featuring a variety of vendors, breeders and educators, with hundreds of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, spiders and small exotic animals available for purchase. There will be raffles and seminars throughout the two-day event. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and teens, $5 for ages 5-12, free for 4 and younger. VIP and advance tickets available online. Call (727) 845-7808 or visit

Pasco Blueberry Jamboree: The event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. April 20 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at Faith United Methodist Church, 12128 State Road 52, Hudson. Includes entertainment, vendors, children's activities (including a bounce house), and a bake sale with blueberry cobbler and other blueberry treats. Dinner available from 5 to 7 p.m. April 20, and a blueberry pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. April 21. Admission is free. Call (727) 856-5000.

Antique Faire and Sidewalk Market: Browse a mixture of antiques, primitives, garden decor, jewelry, tools, shabby chic, architectural and vintage when this monthly street event returns from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 in downtown Dade City. Call (352) 437-5944.


Amelia Foundation Benefit Concert: Shanna Thompson will perform in concert at 6 p.m. April 21 at Redemption Church, 17351 Hyland Lane, Dade City. Dessert and tea will be provided by the Angel Tea Room during the silent auction. There also will be a brief presentation on the Amelia Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise people out of poverty through education. The suggested donation is $10, but not required. Visit

Sunday's Soulful Supper Dinner Show: Derrick Williams and the Gospel Voice Band perform from 3 to 6 p.m. April 22 at Dulcet Restaurant and Lounge, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music fused with jazz, funk, R&B, rock and soul. Tickets are $35, which includes a dinner buffet. Call (813) 224-0642.

J. R. Farley Orchestra: The orchestra will present "Tribute to the Big Band Singers" at 2 p.m. April 25 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. This is the final show of the orchestra's series at the theatre. Tickets are $10 ($8 for season ticket holders). Visit or call (727) 842-6777.

Night in the Islands: Enjoy Greek dancing, music and dining at area restaurants from 6 to 11 p.m. April 21 at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Free Greek dance lessons are offered from 6 to 7 p.m. Call (727) 937-1130.


Electric Fly-in: The Bay City Flyers hosts this event that starts at 8 a.m. April 21 at Area 52 Flying Field, 22500 State Road 52, Land O 'Lakes. Open to all electric aircraft; no FPV planes (drones). Pilots must be AMA members. The kitchen opens for lunch at 11 a.m. Pilots pay $10 landing fee (includes lunch). Spectator admission is $3 per carload. Call (727) 669-9012.

Coin and Stamp Expo: The Coin Club of Pasco County hosts this show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21 at New Lakes in Regency Park, 8330 Civic Drive, New Port Richey. Includes coins, currency, bullion and jewelry to be bought, sold and appraised. Visitors can register to win a 1-ounce silver eagle. Admission is free. Call (727) 534-7597.

On stage

Little Shop of Horrors: Central High School Thespians and CHS music department have teamed up to present this musical comedy at 7 p.m. April 19 and 20, and at 2 p.m. April 21 at Central High School Theater, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. Tickets are $15 at the door, cash or check only. Call (352) 797-7020, ext. 290.

Godspell: J.W. Mitchell High School presents the musical at 7:30 p.m. April 19-21, and at 2 p.m. April 22, at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show, $15 preferred seating (front center rows). Call (727) 774-9358 or visit

Amazing Wild Knights: ProComm Theatre Troupe presents this new musical comedy by Martha Velez at 7 p.m. April 21 at Aripeka Elks Lodge 2520, 9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Tickets are $20 for show and appetizers. Call (727) 868-2994.


Edible Books: The Hernando County Public Library System invites the community to attend the Edible Book event from 2:30 to 4 p.m. April 21 at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive. Featuring edible works of art based on a book, author or anything else book-related. The entries have been created by children and adults. Spectators can vote for their favorites for the People's Choice. Prizes will be awarded. Call (352) 754-4043.

Rugged Maniac: Get through a 3-mile course with a 50-foot water slide, trampolines, fire jumping, a warped wall, monkey rings and more in this event that starts at 8 a.m. April 21 at Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade City. Following the race will be a dance party with a mechanical bull, stein hoisting and a pie eating contest. Tickets are $69-$79 for participants; spectator admission is free. Call (352) 521-3661 or visit

Art events

'A Student Showcase': The exhibit continues through May 16 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Featuring completed works of photography, drawing and mixed media from current and past art students. Call (727) 816-3231.

Pasco Fine Arts Council Member Show: The exhibit continues through April 27 at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Call (727) 845-7322.

'Outside Our Window' exhibit and reception: The exhibit continues through the end of April at the West Pasco Art Guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Pieces by the Young Artists are also on display. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Call (727) 841-7732.

Smithsonian Exhibition: Hometown Teams: The exhibit is on display through April 28 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Celebrating various sports in American communities (such as baseball, soccer, hockey, bowling, kickball and surfing), Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, rivalries and defeats, spanning more than 100 years. The exhibit is part of the Florida Humanities Council's Museum on Main Street program. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Included with museum general admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 for students, free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262.

Look ahead

Hernando Symphony Orchestra "Kaleidoscope" Concert: 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28, and 2:30 p.m. April 29 at Central High School, 14075 Ken Austin Parkway, west of Brooksville. The orchestra's season finale will include a special presentation of The Lord's Prayer, featuring soloist Mark George on the trumpet. Tickets are $18 for adults, $5 for students (K-12). Call (352) 515-6993.

Brooksville Blueberry Festival: Noon to 9 p.m. April 28 and noon to 6 p.m. April 29 at Hernando Park, 205 E. Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. With all-day musical entertainment, a kids zone, and lots of blueberry treats and products available. For details, call (727) 410-0072 or visit


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