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Calendar & Trip Reports - 1997

Calendar & Trip Reports - 1998

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1998 Date
1997 Date
Merritt Island Plane Fun Day,
FLY in to Merritt Island , COI
small fly in, food, spot landings, bomb drops. Bring your plane and enter. Plane rides are available to non-pilots, demos by various groups, lots of planes to see - commercial, homebuilts, kits, one-of-a-kinds.
Food is provided (Sold) by the Merritt Island Civil Air Patrol - Your local rescue squadron.
1997 - Weather Great, Turnout Great, Great Fun Day
Sept 13 for 1997
Cocoa Village October Festival Friday, Saturday & S
Oct 4
Williston Peanut Festival. Info Reba Greene (352)-528-5079. Williston Chamber. . Fest (9am - 4pm) is in town 2 miles north of ariport!
Fly to Williston (X60) , , Linar Park, Arts, Peanu
Last Update 01-Oct-97
Oct 4
Crystal River Citrus Sertoma Oktoberfest at the Plantation Inn & Golf resort [They should be able to give you a ride from the airport]. Fest is at Hwy 19 & Island Taril (Hwy 44 W) 4pm - midnight, Sat 11 am - midnight Sun, 11 am - 5 pm Sun. Craft Show. (352)-563-3256.
FLY TO Crystal River (X31) ,
Last Update 25-Sept-97
Oct 3-5
Islamorada (800-FAB-KEYS) Indian Key Festival , Ref2 , ,Contact Friends of the Islamorada Area State Parks 305-664-4704, Ext 673 -or- 305-453-0622, Mile Marker 80 - See Also Dive Page
Haven't been to this one, hear you can only get to it by boat, will find out and post it!! Others have said the festival is really neat. You can only get there by boat, though the organizers run boats from a pier at Mile Marker 80 on Islamorada. I'm looking for a dive partner to go to this one with - if interested send e-mail!
Last Updated 01-Jan-98
Oct 3-4
Oct 5-6 (?)
Plant City Strawberry Aircraft-Auto Fest
FLY TO Plant City Mini (PCM) .
Oct 11-12
Space Coast October Festival.
FLY to Melbourne International Airport (MLB) , . It Was Great Weather This Year (1996 and 97)!!
Oct 9-12
Seminole Indian & Florida Pioneer Festival Brevard Community College, 1519 Clearlake Road, Cocoa Campus, Cocoa. Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. Free Admission!! I've been to this one, it's worth going to! Indian fry bread, pumpkin bread, Seminole burgers, gator tail, frog legs, catfish, Ocala ice cream, authentic Seminole Village chickees!. Open Air Concerts, Alligator Wrestling (Saw it last year, worth seeing!!), Miccosukee Airboat rides, Info call 407-632-1111, ext 63720
Oct 11,12
Celtic Festiva l & Highland Games (not been to this one yet, sounds interesting, looking for a close airport) Monticello - 22 miles east of Tallahassee. Step back in time to "Auld Country". Scottish Music, Bagppe Bands, Gathering of the Clans, Geneology Info. Scottish Society Tents, Whiskey Tasting Seminar, Scottish Items from vendors, Highland Games competition, Tartan Golf, Highland Dancing, Horse Show, food, drink, Saturday Night Ceilidh, Parade of Tartans.
Tek Marciniak (904)-997-4786, Joyce Oakley (904)-893-8540.
Last Updated 18-Sept-97
Oct 10-12
Maitland Autumn Arts Festival. 2nd wekend in October 215 booths.
Oct 11-12 ?
Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park Annual Arts & Crafts Festival . The park entrance is located off US 19 in Homosassa. Contact (352)-628-5343.
FLY TO Crystal River (X31) and rent a car! The sp
Last Update 02-Oct-97
Oct 11-12
Land O'Lakes Flapjack Arts & Crafts Show at the recreation comples on Collier Parkway (10am - 5pm), contact (813)-996-5522
FLY TO Tampa North (X39) .
Oct 11
Tarpon Springs, Blues On The Bayou Blues Fest. Craig Park at Spring Bayou, (813)-944-2466 or the Main St Ass (813)-944-3364.
Last Updated 16-Oct-97
Oct 11 & 12

Cedar Key Sea Food Fest

Cedar Key Florida
Fly in to Cedar Key International Airport. (CDK) - 2355' x 100' and guess what - this airport is on a Island 2355' in diameter - guess what is on both ends of the runway - Water!! Watch out for No-Radios and traffic coming from all directions!! Sometimes there is a real strong crosswind - watch out for it on landing below the tree line!

If the weather seems bad - fog or light rain, as usually happens, file IFR. JAX center can follow you down to 2000'. Use your backup GPS to go over the island of CDK. Many times there will be fog or clouds 1500'-3000' over the mainland, but almost always over the island, there is usually an open hole that you can safely get down through. If not, file for an alternate of Lakeland or Tampa area!

Cedar Key has a NOAA unattended weather station (CDRF1) that you can monitor via Internet.

If you never flown to CDK, its a must. The last 22 miles of the flight is over very pretty blue water. The main island of Cedar Key is about 3/4 miles in diameter with a population of about 900. During the Festival the population grows to 40,000!! There is not a lot of parking space at the uncontrolled airport. If you park in the grass, watch out for small rocks, lots of soft sand etc. A taxi will pick you up and take you downtown - call him on the unicom on the way in! On downwind, leave room for the plane ahead of you to back-taxi on the runway!!

Ask the taxi driver where the best food is. I usually eat downtown in the restaurant back from the street ( Cooks Cafe) - the grouper sandwich is great. Remember to stop in the candy shop, Sweet Memories (352-543-6230), in the tourist area and tell John and Barbara The Irishman from the Civil Air Patrol sent you!! There home made fudge is great, try the Key Lime fudge!!

Family fun with the freshest seafood in the state served in the City Park, celebrating 1/2 century of SeaFood Festivals, Art & Craft Show 8am - 5 pm. Parade 11 am sunday, Music & entertainment, CDK Lions Club (352)-543-5600!!!
Sat, 18-Oct to Heavy Rains et al (Yellows & Reds on the Doppler) said No-One Flies to CDK. Sunday Forcast Looks OK!
Sun, 19-Oct to Clear Skies, 15 kt x-wind, went anyway, Great Time, Lots of people, about 30 planes

Oct 18-19
San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival at San antonio Park, info (352)-588-2085
FLY TO Tampa North (X39) .
Updated 16-Oct-97!!!
Oct 18
Hernando Beach Yacht Club Seafood Festival and Boat Show - Shoal Line Blve, 10 am - 4 pm. 40 arts and craft vendors, 8 local food vendors, 2 marinas, live music and Country Western Dance! Info (352)-688-7431. Chamber (904)-796-2420,
FLY to Brooksville (Hernando County Airport, (BKV) , Citrus County Fla. Rent a car! (Call ahead for the rental)
Last updated 18-Oct-97
Oct 18-19
Melbourne Fall Arts and Crafts Festival.
FLY to Melbourne International Airport (MLB) , @
Last Update 23-Sept-97
Oct 18
Wings and Wheels Expo , Palm Beach, Lantana Airport
Fly in to (LNA) Lantana (Palm Beach) , Rotary Clubs' Wings and Wheels Expo (Be
Last Update 12-Oct-97
Oct 19
Fantasy Fest , Key West ,
FLY TO EYW (Key West International), . Haven't been there, but gotta go there - Body Paint Costumes!!! Contact Linda (305)-296-1817. Florida Keys Guide
Last Updated 01-Apr-98
Oct 23 to
Nov 01
Oct 17-26
AOPA - Orlando Fl. 1-800-942-4269, More To Come. AOPA Expo '97
Oct 23-25

John's Pass Sea Food Festival

(over by Clearwater beach).

FLY to Clearwater Air Park (CLW) , no night operations -OR-
Specialized in Stone Crab Claws et al. John's Pass is just south of Clearwater Beach (west coast of Florida, west of Tampa). I've been going to this Sea Food Festival for 15 years. It can be really crowded, get there early, pay for parking close up - it's worth it.
This is one of those Sea Food Festival for those who live in Florida - the time of the year is just after it cools off from the summer and just before the snow-birds come down and plague our roads. Stone Crab Claws, if you have never had them, is the closest you can get to heaven without dying! They are one of the sweetest, tender, delicious Sea Foods on the face of the earth. Count on paying $8-$10 per pound, which only gets you 3-4 crab claws (1996 Claws $13/lb) - but they are worth it. If you like sharks, they usually have a really big one hanging up for a guess-the-weight. Again, see you there, get there early.
Madeira Beach. More than 100,000 people consuming tons of fish, shrimp, crabs and other seafood specialties at one of the state's largest seafood festivals. Entertainment plus arts and crafts are included. 813-391-7373.
Madeira Beach, Lyn Brauner (813)-398-5994. St. Pete Chamber .
Friday 6-10 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 6 pm.
1997 Report - Weather Great, Food Great, Lots of People, Parking a nightmare, No big Shark! No Stone Crab Claws, still worth going to!!!
Last Updated 26-Oct-97
Oct 24-26
16th AnnuaL
Spring Hill Art Festival - Spring Hill on US 19, (352)-799-0235. Fest at entrance to Spring Hill and US 19 and Spring Hill Drive!!
FLY to Brooksville (Hernando County Airport, BKV, Citrus County Fla. Rent a car! (Call ahead for the rental).
Last Update 25-Dec-97
Oct 24-25
Oct 25 - 26
Cocoa Village 17th Annual Craft Fair, Cocoa Village, Florida
Oct 25-26
Florida Forest Festival Art & Craft Show. Perry, Fl. Contact (904)-584-8733. Airport is several miles south of the town. "Picnic in the Park", heavy equipment show and Forestry Expo. Arts & Crafts, Antique Car Show, CHAINSAW and Loader Competition!!!
FLY TO Perry-Folley, (40J)
Last Update 25-Sept-97
Oct 25
Ybor City Guavaween Fest !!! Ybor Chamber (813)-248-3712. Ybor City - west coast near Tampa!
Last Update 25-Sept-97
Oct 25
Macintosh Fall Festival - Missed it this year (97), but it's hear for 98'. It's called the 1890 days. Macintosh is between Ocala and Gainesville - no close airports!! Its one of the larger festivals in the area!
Oct 25-26
Fernandina Beach Hertage Classic Car Celebration
Fly in to (55J) Fernandina Beach , big airport, lots of runways. Over 300 Antique & Classic Cars, Live Entertainment, Fernandina's Seafood Gumbo and Food Court. Call the Chamber for info - (800)-2-AMELIA
Last Update 26-Oct-97
Oct 25
Dunnellon (X35) - Withlacoochee bluegr
Last Update 25-Sept-97
Oct 31 - Nov 2

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