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Boomtown Days echo through Dunnellon

Dunnellon's downtown rocks with music, dance and pageantry in a festival that recalls the phosphate mining era.

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 11, 2003

DUNNELLON -- The historic downtown area will host a giant street party this weekend, as the town celebrates its heritage during the annual Boomtown Days.

Boomtown Days refers to Dunnellon's phosphate mining era, and events include beauty pageants, live entertainment and cultural exhibits. Admission and parking are free.

Saturday's schedule includes:

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. arts and crafts along Pennsylvania Avenue with about 30 crafters. A new feature here is the Heritage Park, with a farmer's market, live animal displays from Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and storytelling.

Live entertainment starts at 10 a.m. with Victoria's School of Dance, Jackie's School of Music, the rock band Bare Bones and other acts.

The Little Miss and Mr. Dunnellon pageant will be at 3 p.m. at the outdoors stage on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Queen of the Rainbow River beauty pageant will be at 4 p.m. at Centennial Park by City Landing. After the contest, the Paul Luciano Big Band will perform swing music in a free concert.

On Sunday, the Boomtown Days schedule continues with the arts and crafts show opening at 10 a.m., as well as continuous live entertainment featuring the Heart 2 Hands Choir, the Live Wire Band and other local singers. Other ongoing activities include a classic car show and American Indian storytellers.

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