Rattlesnake Festival makes gains despite ‘Nestor’

The Rattlesnake Festival had its biggest year since The Thomas Promise Foundation took over, despite the appearance of Tropical Storm Nestor, event organizers say. “We’ll be able to provide 100,000 lunches as a result of this years’ Rattlesnake Festival,” Joe Simmons, executive director for The Thomas Promise Foundation, said in a news release. “That’s more than the last two years. Imagine … [Read more...]

This year’s Rattlesnake Festival is one for the books

This year’s Rattlesnake Festival started off with a bang. That is because Darby’s own musical siblings, The Bellamy Brothers, kicked off the 53rd annual festival off with a very special, Oct. 18 evening concert, marking the first time the musicians played the festival in decades. Hundreds packed the Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds to hear Howard Bellamy and his … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival offers new features, special guests

It’s that time of year again, when the Rattlesnake Festival offers two full days of fun at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, following a special concert by the world-famous Bellamy Brothers to kick off this year’s event. The Bellamy Brothers will perform on the evening of Oct. 18, with separate tickets sold for that event. The traditional festival activities will be offered on Oct. 19 and Oct. … [Read more...]

Bellamy Brothers headline Rattlesnake Festival

The Bellamy Brothers are returning to a local festival that launched the beginning of their iconic country music career five decades ago. Darby natives and residents Howard and David Bellamy will headline a special concert at the 53rd annual Rattlesnake Festival on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Pasco County Fairgrounds’ Dan Cannon Auditorium, 36722 State Road 52 in Dade City. The duo will be … [Read more...]

Pasco Fair designates smoking areas

This year’s Pasco County Fair figures to largely be a smoke-free environment. The Pasco County Fair Association recently announced it has teamed up with Tobacco Free Florida, to establish three designated smoking areas on the outskirts of the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The policy will apply to the use of pipes, cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and vapes. The three smoking areas are as … [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...]

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...]

Benefit set to help Christopher Starnes

As Christopher Starnes was leaving an establishment in Dade City on a spring afternoon, he expected nothing other than to return home to his family – instead he woke up in a hospital. As he was leaving the business, he was brutally attacked by two men. He sustained a head injury, spent five weeks in a coma and underwent several surgeries to stop internal bleeding. After returning home … [Read more...]

It’s ‘bug’ season in Dade City

The Pasco County Fairgrounds will soon see a swarm of ‘bugs’ outside – Volkswagen Beetles, that is. The Florida Bug Jam is open to spectators on Nov. 10, beginning at 11 a.m., and on Nov. 11, beginning at 9 a.m. More than 700 Volkswagens are expected to be there, with owners convening from across the globe, said Randy Yoho, event promoter. Only about 7 percent of the participants hail from … [Read more...]

Snakes, scorpions and tortoises, oh my

Whether it was to learn about snakes, check out a Wild West Show, do a bit of arts and crafts, shopping or listening to music — visitors to the 52nd annual Rattlesnake Festival had plenty of choices. A crowd, estimated at over 9,000, visited the two-day show with near-perfect weather this past weekend at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The lineup for the festival, which moved this … [Read more...]