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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Feb. 24

Festivals

Fair time: The Pasco County Fair wraps up this weekend at the county fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Gates will be open from 4 p.m. to midnight Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to midnight Feb. 25 and noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 26. The fair features a giant midway and an array of food, livestock shows, racing pigs, talent shows and pageants, a plant show and other activities. Daily entertainment includes women loggers, racing pigs and hypnosis shows. The Pasco Showcase of Talent will be Feb. 24, and the championship rodeo on Feb. 24 and 25. Admission is $8, $5 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Unlimited midway wristbands are $25 for each of the three weekend days. Call (352) 567-6678 or visit pascocountyfair.com.

Reliving history: Celebrate Hernando County's past at the annual Heritage Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at the 1885 Train Depot Museum grounds, 70 Russell St., Brooksville. Admission is free. The event includes entertainment at the gazebo, demonstrations and re-enactors, a bake sale, a silent auction and vendors along the trail. There will be a tour of historic homes available for $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Home tour ticket-holders also receive free tours of the three county museums — Hernando Heritage Museum, 1885 Train Depot Museum and One-Room Schoolhouse Museum. Individual museum tours are $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Visit hernandohistoricalmuseum.com or call (352) 799-0129.

Rolling history: The Tin Can Tourists Winter Convention is under way this week at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. While the convention is mostly closed to outsiders, visitors are invited to an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 25. The open house will allow visitors to tour a collection of approximately 80 fully restored vintage travel trailers and motor homes from the 1930s through the '80s and meet those who completed the restorations. There is a $5 parking fee. For information, call (941) 302-2415.

A bottle of red, or white: Meet the wine maker and learn how varieties of wine are crafted at a wine festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes. The event will include vendors and live entertainment. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Admission is free. Call (813) 996-2113 or visit floridaestateswines.com.

Art events

Nature Coast's finest: Back by request, the second annual Nature Coast Art Show will be from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26 at Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Roughly 25 artists have been selected to participate in this year's show, with concentrations in drawing, painting, sculpture, functional ceramics, jewelry and mixed media. There also will be a published catalog containing interviews with artists and photos of some of their works. This is an indoor show that is partially funded by a grant from the Hernando County Arts Council. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For information, call (352) 686-7034.

Wildlife and fauna: The opening of the "Fine Art by Nelida" exhibit will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 25 at Zephyrhills Regional Library, 5347 Eighth St. Visitors can meet the local artist who created the watercolor and acrylic paintings featuring wildlife, natural fauna and landscapes. For information, call (813) 780-0064.

'Eclipse' exhibit: An opening reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The exhibit features the works of award-winning Florida artist Margaret Schnebly Hodge, who explores the interplay of line, mark and color as conversation, as sound and as metaphors for the underlying energy and elements of all things physical and perceived. The exhibit will remain on display through April 19. There is no cost to attend. Call (727) 816-3231 or visit phsc.edu.

Hobbies

Carved from wood: The Calusa Wood Carvers will host their 36th annual show and sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson. The featured carver will be award-winning Pete LeClair of Gardner, Mass., who has been carving caricature figures since 1973. LeClair is also a two-time Texas whittling champion. He has authored three books and now teaches seminars. The event will include hundreds of carvings on display, with some available for purchase, as well as vendors of tools, books, blanks, wood and other supplies. Seminars are also scheduled. Door prizes will be awarded, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission is $3. Call (727) 372-5406.

Shoot 'em up: Machine gun owners will be shooting cars, trucks and assorted targets in a Machine Gun Shoot from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee. Gun owners are invited to participate for $20 per shooter; those who don't have machine guns may use rifles and pistols (no tracers or incendiary ammo). Shooters must be at least 18. Bring eye and ear protection. Spectator admission is $2; free for ages 14 and younger. Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

Music

Weekend of music and camping: The Florida Bluegrass Classic continues through Feb. 26 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. Headlining performers include Grammy Award-winning singer Marty Raybon (Butterfly Kisses) on Feb. 24 and Eddie Raven and the Country Grass Show (I Got Mexico, Joe How to Live). In all, there will 12 acts. There also will be a classic car show, guitar and banjo workshops, arts and crafts, food vendors and a gospel sing on the morning of Feb. 26. Weekend tickets are $65 (for Feb. 23 to 25). Day tickets are $25 for Feb. 24 and $30 for Feb. 25. Children ages 11 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Admission is free on Feb. 26. Visitors may bring chairs (no high-back or rocking chairs). For a complete schedule and camping prices and details, visit the website at evansmediasource.com or call (904) 886-8378.

On stage

Wherefore art thou?: Romeo and Juliet ... Sort of continues through Feb. 26 at Dreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. The audience will experience an "evening of culture" in Mineola County, where the community theater is producing Romeo and Juliet like it's never been done before. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23. Call (813) 997-7146 or visit dreamhousetheatre.com.

Look ahead

Weeki Wachee Swamp Fest: March 3 to 5, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. Admission $8, $4 for ages 6 to 12 and free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 556-5807 or visit swampfestweekiwachee.com.

'Evita': March 9 to 19 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $20, reserved seating. Call (352) 683-5113.

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