2014 Florida State Fair Music Headliners

This year’s music headliners include:

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2012 Tampa Dragon Boat Races

9th Annual
International Dragon Boat Races

April 28, 2012
9 am – 6 pm
Downtown Tampa, Florida

The dragon boats are back in Tampa along the waterfront at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park next to the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. With the dragon boat races will be traditional Asian cuisines, dances and music at Asia Fest 2012. While you are in Tampa, find more things to see and do

Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Club
The Club was formed in June of 2005 by members of the Tampa community, some of whom were members of corporate teams and others that did not have any experience in the sport but were inspired to participate. The Club’s objective is to encourage and promote the sport of Dragon Boat Racing in the community.

The Pink Dragon Ladies
The Pink Dragon Ladies is made of members of Team Survivor Tampa Bay. Their mission is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle and provide organized opportunities for physical fitness, wellness education, and psycho-social empowerment among female cancer survivors of all ages and all stages of treatment and recovery.

Tampa Bay Paddling Club
The Tampa Bay Paddling Club is organized to promote and foster paddling for leisure and as a sport in the Tampa Bay community through the promotion of recreational and competitive paddling.

Red Dragons Tampa Bay
Formed in May 2010 the Red Dragons Tampa are a growing group of people with a passion for dragon boating.  Red Dragons Tampa are the first expansion team of the Miami-based Red Dragons of Florida.

New penny slots at Tampa Hard Rock Casino and Hotel

Clean out your spare change drawer and come on over to Tampa.

So far, the Seminole Hark Rock Casino has installed 200 one-cent slot machines including Amazing Race Expedition, Sex and the City Big Diamonds, Cash Spin, Monopoly Digging for Gold, Playboy Hot Zone and Quick Hit Platinum. Soon to follow will be Tarzan, The Hangover, Golden Pharaoh, Stinkin’ Rich and Vegas Hits.

The Seminole folk claim that you can win as much as a million bucks in the penny slot room. Give it a try, what have you got to lose?

Worst case, you take a short walk over to the food court and load up on fast, cheap, good grub.

Map to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Tampa Florida

2012 GOP/RNC National Convention coming to Tampa Florida

Coming to Tampa starting August 27, the 2012 GOP/RNC National Convention is set to be bigger than any  Superbowl to come to this Florida City.

Downtown Tampa is getting all cleaned up with new landscaping and road repairs. Restaurants are planning special events, menus and hours to accommodate conventioneers.

While most of the nearby hotel rooms have been long reserved, there is still time to book a private home or condo for the event. For those of you lucky enough to be living near the ROP Convention Center along Channelside and won’t be in town for the event, you can register and rent your home through a trusted online company.

This promises to the THE event that puts Tampa Bay on the map for the rest of the world.

Along with the GOP Convention, there are many other things to see and do in an around Tampa Bay.

Get the latest GOP Convention news and event information online.

On the Road to Tampa

Dolphin Cruise from Downtown Tampa

The Florida Aquarium has a special tour boat that leaves downtown Channelside daily at 2PM. This tour is usually sold out each day, so making reservations ahead of time is a must. There is a new boat that is very stable and very fast. Parking is right across the street.

We spent part of the time inside, looking out the windows, and part of the time on the covered upper deck to catch the breeze. From here we could see a cruise ship in port, a restored Navy ship and the Aquarium. We got a great view of downtown Tampa and the waterfront homes along the bay. Nice way to live!

It didn’t take long to get out into the main part of Tampa Bay, and sure enough there were dolphins out there playing around. We even saw what looked like a family of dolphins with a little one.

We had no idea that Tampa was such a busy commercial port. Who would have thought that big ships and wild animals could coexist so well?

The trip was smooth and no one got sick. The boat is designed to be very stable in all kinds of conditions. After the boat tour you can tour the Florida Aquarium which is right there.

Channelside Tampa

Channelside Tampa

A short walk from the dolphin tour and aquarium is the Channelside restaurant and shopping district.

From here we could walk back to our hotel, also on the bay the, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, and is right across the street from the Tampa Convention Center.

Here is a Google map of the hotel where you can also see where channelside and the aquarium is located.

Seminole Hard Rock Job Fair Tampa, Florida

     The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa
plans to hire over 400 new employees.

Monday, April 16, 2012,  9:00am – 5:00pm

The new positions will include chefs, cooks, restaurant servers, bartenders, cocktail servers, and other restaurant/lounge team members. New gaming jobs will include cashiers, Player’s Club representatives, and technicians. Other openings will be in security, building/grounds maintenance and housekeeping departments.

Hard Rock is undergoing a massive multi-million dollar expansion and giving the Tampa economy a big boost. They already employ over 3,100 Floridians in the community – now they want to hire over 400 more! This Job Fair will be held on Monday, April 16 from 9AM – 5PM at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at 4800 N. US Highway 301, Tampa, FL. You must apply online beforehand. Hard Rock is looking for positive, energetic people for all kinds of positions. From dealers and cashiers to Player’s Club representatives, cocktail servers, security, and chefs. One of them could be you!


The best part about working at the Seminole Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa is going to work in a fun atmosphere with great people. But on top of that employees enjoy additional benefits like competitive pay, tuition reimbursement, employee recognition program, in-house promotions, paid training, medical benefits, opportunities to advance and an excellent 401K program. They are proud to be part of the growing local economy here in Tampa!


Working at Hard Rock Tampa will be even more exciting  to be part of history in the making. Once expansion is complete, this  will be one of the top ten largest casinos in the world which will include:

  • Over 222,000 square feet of gaming
  • Over 5,000 slot machines
  • 105 table games
  • 3 parking garages boasting over 5,000 parking spaces – including our new 5 story garage, Winners Way, with more than 1,300 spaces
  • 6 restaurants including Tampa’s next great Bakery and Bistro, Rise™ Kitchen and Bakery
  • 5 bars and lounges
  • Newly renovated pool area and bar
  • 250 AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel rooms
  • Spa
  • Over 1,500 authentic Rock & Roll memorabilia pieces

Job applicants must apply online beforehand. Applications are now available online or call the Job Hotline # 813-627-6650.
Location : Charles M. Davis Special Events Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds

2012 Florida State Fair Entertainment Schedule

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Tampa Florida State Fair 2012

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The 2012 Florida State Fair in Tampa

Featuring: Discount Days &
Free Daily Shows

Blues Brothers
Dennis Lee
Kachunga & The Alligator
Welde Bear Show
Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show
Racing Pigs
Circus Hollywood

New This Year! Ride the Zip Line
Returning Favorite! Ride the Batcopter

Don’t Forget!
Arts and Crafts Showcase
in the Special Events Center
Lots to Do and See in the Expo Hall
Free Special Attractions!

Opening Day Deal – February 9
After 5:00 PM – Admission for $5.00 – Ride Armbands for $20.00
College Night – February 9 – College Students with I.D.
After 3:00 PM – Purchase a $20.00 Midway Ride Armband and
Receive FREE Fair Admission
5 After 5 – February 9, 13, 14, 15, & 16
After 5:00 PM – $5.00 Adult Admission
Student Days
February 10 – Hillsborough County Students Provided a Free Ticket
February 20 – Pasco, Polk, Manatee County Students Provided a Free Ticket
All Other Students – For Discount Purchase Your Tickets at the Gate
$6.00 Admission for Ages 12 through 12th Grade
$5.00 Admission for Ages 6 to 11
Midway Power Hour – February 11 & 18 – 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Most Midway Rides – One Ticket
4-H & FFA Days – February 11 & 18
FREE Admission with Member I.D. or Jacket
Senior Days – February 14, 15, & 16
Gate Admission $8.00 – Advance Tickets $6.00 for 55+
Country Gold Tour – February 15 – $10.00 Admission
Does not Include Fair Admission
Featuring: LeRoy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson,
Janie Frickie, T.G. Sheppard
National Salute to Veterans Day – February 20
FREE Admission For Everyone After 4:00 PM
Pepsi Armband Days – February 10 & 20
Bring an Empty Diet Mtn Dew Can – Pay $25.00 for Ride Armbands (Save $5)
1 Discount Per Diet Mtn Dew Can – Offer Valid Only on Diet Mtn Dew
Spanish Lyric Theater
International Stage
Horse Shows at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
Bluegrass Music in Cracker Country
Livestock Shows in the Agribusiness Area
The Florida Armed Forces Museum
Exotic Petting Zoo
Elvis Extravaganza
February 11 & 12
Elvis LIVE
February 17, 18, 19, & 20
Xtreme Sports Show
Daily in the Sweetbay Entertainment Hall
No Show on February 15
Lawnmower Races
February 18 & 19
In the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center
Yesterdaze Show
70’s Music
February 10, 11, & 12
Cheer & Dance Competitions
February 11 & 12
Chris MacArthur &
Florida Cracker Boys
February 17 & 18


 Xtreme Sports Show – February 9 – 20 at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm 

The Xtreme Sports Show will not be performing on February 15th


Elvis Extravaganza Impersonator National Finals – February 11 & 12 – 3pm and 6pm

Chris MacArthur & The Florida Crackers – February 17 and 18 at 8pm

Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour -
Leroy Van Dyke
, Lynn Anderson, Gene Watson, Janie Frickie, and T.G. Sheppard

February 15 at 12pm, and 4pm – Admission is $10.00 -
Does Not Include Fair Admission


Circus Hollywood  February 9 – 20

Monday – Thursday at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm 

Friday and Saturday 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm


Oscar the Robot - February 9 – 20 from 11am to 5pm

Runa Pacha - February 9 – 20  from 11am to 5pm

Willy’s Washboard Jamboree - February 9 – 20 from 11am to 5pm

Dwayne Hill - February 9 – 20 from 11am to 5pm

Hi Pockets - February 9 – 20 from 11am to 5pm

Steve the Pretty Good - February 9 – 20 from 11am to 5pm


Spanish Lyric Theatre - February 9 – 20

Monday through Friday at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm

Saturday and Sunday at 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm

Distinguished Men of Brass - February 17, 18, and 19 at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm


Dennis Lee  February 9 – 20

Daily at 11am, 1pm, and 5pm

Saturday, February 11, at 11am, 1pm, 5pm, and 8pm

Friday, February 17, at 11am, 1pm, 5pm, and 8pm 

Yesterdaze – 70′s Music  Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12, at 2pm, 4pm, 6pm 

Peter Alden (Elvis) Friday, February 17, Saturday, February 18, Sunday, February 19, and Monday, February 20 at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm

Blues Brothers  February 9 – 20

Daily at 12pm, 3pm, and 7pm

Friday, February 10, at 12pm, 3pm, 7pm and 8pm

Saturday, February 18, at 12pm, 3pm and 7pm and 8pm


Lloyd Mabrey  February 13 – 20 at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm

Sandtastic  February 9 – 20 All Day, Everyday


Johnny Lowry  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm


Doggies of the West 

Daily at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm


Welde Bears  February 9 – 20

Daily at 2pm, 4pm, and 7pm   12:00 Noon – Play in the Pool Time

Racing Pigs  February 9 – 20

Daily at 12:30pm, 2:30pm, and 4:30pm

Exotic Petting Zoo February 9 – 20 All Day, Everyday

The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show  February 9 – 20

Daily at 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, and 7:30pm

Kachunga The Alligator Show February 9 – 20

Daily at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm

Friday and Saturday at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm

Lawn Mower Races

February 18 and 19 located in The Bob Thomas Equestrian Center

Florida Ranch Rodeo

February 15 – 16 at 2pm, and 7pm located in the Charlie Lykes Arena

High School Jazz Festival February 10 – All Day at the Special Events Center West


Big Band

Sunday, February 12 at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm 

Friday, February 17 at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, and 2pm


Melody Farm Follies Revue February 9 – 20 All Day, Everyday


For more information, call 813-621-7821 or toll-free 1-800-345-3247

Gate admission is not included with purchase of armbands, ride tickets, or concert tickets. There are no refunds, exchanges or rainchecks. All acts, concerts,  scheduled times, exhibitors, prices and other advertised events are subject to change and/or cancel without notice. All acts are included with a fair gate admission ticket, except for the Country Gold Tour concert, rides and games are extra.  NO RE-ENTRY; once visitors exit the gates another admission ticket will be required to re-enter the Fair.  The Florida State Fair Authority is not responsible for any third party advertisement.

Check Online for Current Show Dates and Times
Shows are Subject to Change or Cancellation

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FMoPA – Tampa’s Florida Museum of Photographic Arts

Florida Museum of Photographic Arts TampaThe next time you are in the Tampa Bay area of West Central Florida looking for things to do, consider a visit to the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in downtown Tampa. At any time, there are one or two important exhibits of famous photographer’s work on display. Right now through February 11, 2012 is a display of photographic works “Bud Lee’s America”.

Tampa Photography classes, workshops, safaris and camps are offered year-round. A small gift shop has a wonderful collection of photography books and related items.

You can walk to FMoPA from these two downtown Tampa hotels:
Hyatt Regency Tampa
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

Feel the excitement the 9th Annual Members Show captured on video by Gary Reimer.

Past exhibits have included:
Life and Death by Duane Michals;
Classic Images: Photography by Ansel Adams;
Eye in the Sky – The Works of Robert Hartman;
Natural Fashion: Art & the Body, Photographs by Hans Silvester;
Cuba: Selected Works of Clyde Butcher and Maria Martinez-Cañas;
Naked City: Photographs from the Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center;
Cuba Particular: (Private Cuba) The Photography of David Audet;
Bhupendra Karia and Derry Moore: Stillness and Shadows / Vintage Photographs of India;
Infected Landscape: Works by Shai Kremer;
Face to Face: Judy Dater’s Portraits from Italy and California;
Tom Abercrombie: National Geographic Photographer;
August Sander, The Twentieth-Century Man and Jules Aarons, Views from the Street;
Aaron Siskind A Harlem Document (1932-1940);
Andrea Modica: Flights of the Soul;
No Mans Land The Photography of Lynne Cohen;
Suzanne Camp Crosby: Kid City;
One Shot Harris The Photographs of Charles Teenie Harris;
Burk Uzzle’s Woodstock and Other Americana;
Caterpillar’s Conundrum The Photographic Investigations of Todd Watts;
Cut, Edit and Embellish A Life in Collage: Photographs by Hugh Shurley;
The Disappeared: Native American Images from The Drapkin Collection;
Abstractions and the Neo-Cubist Order Photographs of Barbara Kasten;
Hard Won Dreams the American Southwest Photographs of Bruce Dale;
Stopping Time Photographs of Doc Edgerton;
My Florida Home: Recent Work by Benjamin Dimmitt;
NFL® History from Getty Images;
Berenice Abbott, American Photographer A Fantastic Passion;
Clyde Butcher Retrospective
Graciela Iturbide: The Spirits of the Earth ~ Los Espíritus de la Tierra;
“Just Suppose”: Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor;
The Photography of Peter B. Kaplan;
Faces and Places One Man Show by Herb Snitzer;
The Magic Box of Abelardo Morell


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