Paulie Palooza has a new venue

The annual Paulie Palooza will return to liven Downtown Zephyrhills on Feb. 23, but this year, the event has a new venue: Main Street Zephyrhills at 38537 Fifth Ave. The new location was selected to incorporate downtown businesses into the festival, said Leesa Fryer, event planning specialist at Gulf Hospice and Pasco Palliative Care. The festival, now in its seventh year, will be from … [Read more...]

Pigz in Z’Hlls attracts record crowd

The ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival attracted more than 13,000 people, according to event organizers. Event-goers headed to the festival venue, at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, to enjoy a day of live performances by blues musicians and other bands, and to enjoy barbecue chicken, pork, brisket, ribs and foods offered by other vendors. Fifty-three teams competed … [Read more...]

Responders’ work praised in Dade City Business Center fire

Pasco County Commission Chairman Ron Oakley praised the work of emergency responders who converged on the Dade City Business Center, in Dade City, to put out a two-alarm fire, which began in the early afternoon on Jan. 18. It took about 18 hours to bring the fire under control, according to a report from Pasco County Fire Rescue. Pasco County Fire Rescue investigators attributed the … [Read more...]

East Pasco honors Martin Luther King legacy

In ceremonies large and small across the country, the nation paused to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a slain civil rights leader whose birthday is commemorated each year through a federal holiday. Locally, there were various events to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, including one at the Lewis Abraham Boys and Girls Club in Lacoochee. Speakers lined up to offer remembrances … [Read more...]

Dade City attracts thousands to 22nd Kumquat Festival

Thousands streamed to the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City on Jan. 26 In an open letter, John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, recapped the event, and offered a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the army of volunteers who helped to pull it off. “Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services,” … [Read more...]

AdventHealth Dade City is getting a major makeover

A hospital that has served Dade City for decades is undergoing a substantial renovation — which will give it a new look and allow it to expand the services that the health care facility offers. The project carries a $22.2 million price tag, including $20 million provided by AdventHealth Dade City’s parent company and $2.2 million raised locally, according to Jason Newmyer, administrator/vice … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival offers fun, Old Florida charm

Susan Frimmel enjoys the social gathering — known as the Kumquat Festival — that brings all things kumquat to Downtown Dade City. Taking part in the festival, known for its Old Florida charm, has been a tradition for her for 15 years, and this year promises to be no exception. Frimmel, administrative director/marketing for AdventHealth Zephyrhills, said she’s looking forward to the event, … [Read more...]

Festival offers heaping helpings of barbecue and blues

People of all ages headed to the ninth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival to sample some ribs, barbecue chicken or pulled pork — and get their fill of the blues. The scent of barbecue filled the air, Benny the Pig made the rounds and people sported pig hats — as they strolled around the Zephyrhills Community Venue, at 5200 Airport Road. Some barbecue chefs traveled from … [Read more...]

Pasco Fair marks 72nd year

The annual Pasco County Fair has delivered a family fun-filled time to fairgoers for more than seven decades, and it promises to do the same this year. The event’s 72nd year is set for Feb. 18 through Feb. 24, at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. “The Fair Association has been busy putting together what we feel like is the best fair that’s about to hit these … [Read more...]

Dade City to draw up ordinance allowing cannabis dispensaries

Medical marijuana treatment centers soon could be allowed within some areas of Dade City. At a Jan. 8 workshop, the Dade City Commission expressed consensus to have city staffers draft an ordinance that would permit cannabis dispensaries — but restrict their location to areas outside the boundaries of the city’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) districts, generally encompassing the downtown … [Read more...]