Rain or shine, big top will keep festival dry
By JULIE CHURCH
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 30, 2001
PALM HARBOR -- The fear of inclement weather this weekend need not keep people from the 23rd annual Palm Harbor Days, say festival organizers.
The three-day event, which commemorates the history of Palm Harbor, begins at 6 p.m. today and runs through 6 p.m. Sunday on property adjacent to Palm Harbor University High School, 1900 Omaha St.
New to the event this year is a big top tent. It will serve as an expo hall and an entertainment venue Saturday and Sunday.
It also will provide shelter from rain or sun.
"As long as the rain permits, it should be a lot of fun," said event chairman Scott Grutchfield.
Tables will be set up throughout the tent for people to sit and eat, and local businesses will have information booths.
Harpist Angel Simmons will play Celtic music throughout the weekend. She will also perform Gaelic tunes with her husband, David, and the band Eachdraidh.
Demonstrations by Pro Karate Center are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office will fingerprint children Saturday afternoon.
The carnival midway returns with an estimated 21 rides, including the Zipper and the Sizzler. Armbands that permit unlimited trips on the rides will be available for $14.
Proceeds from the event go to finance the operations of the Palm Harbor Chamber of Commerce. Last year, an estimated 10,000 people attended the event, Grutchfield said. The event raised more than $10,000.
Grutchfield hopes the rain lets up by the time the festival begins, so that organizers don't get stuck with a lot of leftover food.
"You'll be able to get a real good deal on corn dogs if this rain doesn't stop," he said.
- Staff writer Julie Church can be reached at (727) 445-4229 or email@example.com.
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