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