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Calendar & Trip Reports - 1997

Calendar & Trip Reports - 1998

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1998 Date
1997 Date
WW II Bomber Display - All American - B24 & 909-B17, at Hernando County Airport. Contact Glen Tippen (352)-796-5173 Hernando County Ref-2 , Ref-3 , Chamber (904)-796-2420, Brooksville , Fl. Watch it if you drive - Don't get a traffic ticket !!
FLY to Brooksville (Hernando County Airport, (BKV) FBO - See previous link.
Last Update 22-Dec-97

Everglades City Sea Food Festival

Fly to (X01) Everglades Airport then walk 1 mile to the Sea Food FestivaL at Everglades City:
Really Great Cajun Food (Crawfish!) - Lots of people, food and stuff for sale - One of the Best Sea Food Festival's in Florida. Info - 941-695-3941 Chamber of Commerce, 695-4100 Handles the Sea Food Festival. NO CRAWFISH THIS YEAR (Feb 97) , but there was a lot of foods and crafts!! The Airport has really been improved , FBO, 24 hr gas at $1.85/Gal, Clean bathrooms, phone, coke machine, fenced in airport, ride to the festival and David Blalock as Airport Supervisor . We'll have to revisit X01 for lunch!! Everglades, population summer - 300, winter 1200, Festival 50,000!!!!
08-Feb-98 . Sat was poor flying weahter due to high winds. Sunday, we flow to the Fest. Really Great Time!! Great Spicy Cajun Food. Great Airport and Great Airport Management (Great Shuttle Service to the Fest). We picked up 5 lbs of Stone Crab Claws - $6/lb!!! Stone Crab Claws are the best food of the Gods! X01 gas $1.85!!!
Feb 6-8,
Sat high winds,
Sun Great Flying Weather
Fest, Food
Feb 1-2
1st Full Weekend
in Feb
Weather great
80 degrees
Vis 50 Miles
Gasparilla Pirate Invasion , Tampa, Ye Mystic Crew Tampa 813-251-4500, Held every year in February. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Weekend , Downtown Tampa, Invasion, parade, and street party in February Celebrate the Raping and Plundering of Tampa!!! Never been to this one yet either!! St. Pete Chamber
You can probably FLY into Tampa International (TPA) , Lot's of Co
Last Update 22-Dec-97
Feb 7th
Feb 1-2?
Boca Raton -BOCA FEST . 1st weekend of February. Arts & Crafts, boca Raton Commnity Center, 150 NW Crawford Blvd, contact 561-393-7806 (1997 info). Chamber (561)-395-4433
Fly to Boca Raton (Never been to this fest, might be a ways from the airport!). (BCT),
Feb 7-8
( ??? )
Mount Dora Art Festival (1st weekend in Feb)
Feb 4-5
Melbourne Antique Show - Melbourne Auditorium
Feb 4-5
Pigeon Key Art Fest (4th Annual), Marathon FLY TO MTH ,
Get Avis rental car at airport drive to south to the 7 mile brdge - get a ride to Pigeon Key (I haven't been to it yet!!). I've heard this key is really a Research Station and is open to visitors only on special occasions. The Festival is near around Mile Marker 50?!. Contact Lynn Voit (305)-743-7664 -or- 743-0808, Marathon Chamber of Commerce 305-743-5417, $7.70 Island Admission!
Last Updated 02-Jan-97
Feb 7-8
Gasparilla Distance Classic , Bayshore Boulevard, Tampa 813-229-RUNN, Held every year in February. Gasparilla Pirate Fest Weekend , Downtown Tampa, 813-223-4141, Invasion, parade, and street party in February Celebrate the Raping and Plundering of Tampa!!! Never been to this one yet either!! St. Pete Chamber
You can probably FLY into Tampa International (TPA) , Lot's of Co
Last Update 22-Dec-97
Feb 14th
Feb 1-2
Sarasota Festival of the Arts 2nd weekend of February. Approx 250 booths!!
Florida State Fair , Tampa - Florida Expo Park, Tampa, 813-621-7821, 800-345-FAIR (Florida only) , Held every February. Never been to this one yet either!! Opens 9 am, Midway closes 10-Midnight!, $7 per adult. You can probably
FLY into Tampa International - (TPA) , Lot's of Cement!!, Lot's of FBO's, about 5-10 miles from fair grounds.
FLY into Vandenberg X16 , FBO 813-626-1515 , is a lot closer and they can probably arrange transportation.
Feb 5-16
Sorry Late Entry
Feb 6-17
Miami Hamfest (So its not a Sea Food Festival !!)
4th Annual Pigeon Key Art Fest, contact Lynn (305)-743-7664 (Marathon)??

Florida Manatee Festival

Fly to X31 Crystal River - Real Long E/W Runway, in between the trees. Never been to this one yet also, BUT Crystal River does have an AIRPORT which I've been to several time - Great FBO, Very Friendly, Buy your gas and pilot supplies there!! Crystal River , Citrus County Fla. Festival is about one mile north, 28 NW Hwy 19, of the airport near the Plantation Party House, ask at FBO! Crystal River Chamber (352)-795-3149 (Jerry or Robin). Fine Arts Show, Children's Events, Craft Show, Seafood Fest, Entertainment, 5k Run!
Last Update all 10-Feb-98, 10 AM to 5:30 PM, Sorry for the late update!!
'97 = Sunday - Plane trip canceled, didn't go, it rained, was windy and cool!
Feb 14-15
Feb 15-16
Ybor City fine Art Show, Feb 14, 10am - 6pm. Ybor City - Near Tampa! (813)-248-3712, Chambor
Feb 14
Melbourne - Jumbalaya Jam , Wickham Park Pavillon adjacent to Brevard Community College Campus. Louisiana Bayou Tastes & Sights & Sounds. Crawfish, Louisiana Cuisine, Alligator, Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice. Admission $4. Info (407)-633-4028
Last Update all 19-Jan-98
Feb 20-22

Grant Sea Food Festival

3rd Weekend in Feb, One of the old time greatest , Grant is 10 miles south of Melbourne.
FLY to Valkaria Airport , (X59) NOISE ABATMENT Buy tickets at the airport for food at Grant, Bus Transportation to SFF!!! Contact "" -or- 407-724-8671 -or- KB1BL for more information and to arrange transportation. Gas $1.75/Gal!!!

The A-La-Carte is really great, the best crab cakes and scallops ever. Lots of other stuff - clams & oysters, shrimp, dinners, hush puppies, beer, ice cream, entertainment. The Sea Food Festival opens at 11:00 AM, you should be there by 11:00, by 2:00 PM the field is really packed!! They have been know to run out of food by Sunday afternoon!! Grant Library (407)-723-8687!

'97 = Saturday Great, rained briefly at 2PM. Sunday Rained & Cool
Last Updated 01-Jan-98

Feb 21-22
Feb 15-16
Orlando Hamfest (Yea, I know, also not a Sea Food Festival)
Feb 18-19
Labelle Airport Swamp Cabbage Fest

Fly in to LaBelle Municipal Airport - (X14) Call FBO at 800-330-3596. I've been to this one, and it is different!!! Tell Don (KQ4YM) you heard about it from the Irishman!! Last full weekend in Feb!
'97 = Saturday weather marginal IFR (4000' IMC Moderate Turbulence). Lots of planes and people showed up for the Airport Festivities & Cabbage Fest - it really was different!!!!
Last Updated 25-dec-97
Feb 21-22
Feb 22
Brooksville Heritage Days Festival , Brooksville Heritage Museum, (351)-799-0129, Arts & Crafts, Museum Tours, Craft Demos, Entertainment, Antique Car Show
Fly to Brooksville , (BKV)
Last Updated 13-Dec-97
Feb 21-22

Melbourne Irish Music Festival

Melbourne Auditorium ($5), One of the best - The Irishman should know, Irish Beer, Irish Food, Irish Music and Dancing. Irish - Showband, Step Dancing, Pipers, Cloggers. Irish things to buy - Art, Imports & Crafts. (407)-724-2138 ask for Patrick or Maureen or Patti and tell em the Irishman sent ya! Sat & Sunday Noon to 7 or 8 PM
98 - Cahir O'Doherty - Irish Folk Singer (Tell Cahir the Irishman sent Ya!)
97 - Again another fine Irish Festival Year!!
Last Updated 22-Dec-97
Feb 28-29
Feb 22-23
Naples National Art Festival, downtown Naples Cambier Park. 200 booths!
Feb 24-25

Plant City Strawberry Fest

FLY to Plant City Mun (PCM) , (unconfirmed), Arrange transportation
Festival #'s 813-752-9194, 754-1996, 754-2190. Exit 10 off of I4 Go up to the traffic light then look for a parking spot.
This is one of the largest festivals - probably 10 acres of food, rides, 4H, U Name It, They probably have it. "Rural Agricultural Celebration" (Redneck blast), arts, crafts, carnival rides, strawberry everything, Bluegrass concert. Concert tickets via Ticket master - Country!!! St. Pete Chamber, Plant City Chamber (TBD)
Country Singers Schedule - TBD
We started going there for the strawberry shortcake and home made cinnamon buns (2-3" thick by 6" x 6"), Other foods and the rides!!
Last Updated 02-Jan-98
Feb 26
- Mar 8
Feb 27 -- Mar 9
Hernando County Fair (Brooksville) , Hernando County Fairgrounds, (352)-796-4552, Old fasioned county fair, livestock, eshibits, rodeo and entertainment
Fly to Brooksville , (BKV)
Last Updated 13-Dec-97
Feb 28
Mar 7
Chowder Cook Off Comfort Inn and Suite Resort, Cocoa Beach - Chamber (407)-459-2200
97 - Chowders were great and very filling, was worth going to!!
Last Updated 19-Jan-98
Feb 27
Feb 28

St.Catherine Greek Festival

5965 Wickham Rd., 1/2 mile north of Pineda Causeway, Melbourne, Florida. Again one of the finest local festivals. All kinds of Greek food, Great Sweet Deserts from Tarpon Springs Bakery - the best in the state. Greek Wine (Retsina - some love it, some say it taste like creosote), Dancing and partying . THIS ONE IS A MUST TO GO TO!!! (407)-254-1045. Friday & Sat Noon to 11 PM, Sunday Noon to 8 PM.
97 - Great time, Great Food, Great Wine, Great Greek Music - Was really crowded on Saturday!!
Last Updated 25-dec-97
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Feb 28
Mar 1-2

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