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Karaoke contests to kissing booths

By BILL COATS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


LUTZ -- Despite its colorful history, LutzFest may never have offered such a one-day variety of entertainment options as those planned around the train depot Saturday.

They include:

A karaoke contest.

A kissing booth.

A man who has transformed himself into "Fatima the fortune-teller."

A race to build towers of marshmallows and toothpicks.

A watermelon-seed-spitting contest.

A bikini contest.

A three-hour country-rock concert by James Taylor Curtis and the Silver Eagle Band.

The festivities serve as a kickoff for Lutz's annual race for guv'na, a fund-raising competition. Admission is free, but food and some of the fun carry prices. Kisses, for example, will cost $1 and fortunes, $2.

The concert is by a second-generation Land O'Lakes-based group that is growing from local to national stages. Led by Jimmy Curtis, the band produced its first CD last year. It has opened concerts for Lee Greenwood, Charlie Daniels and Pam Tillis.

Karaoke, staged by the Lutz Sertoma Club, begins at 3 p.m. a block south of the Lutz Branch Library.

The marshmallow-building and seed-spitting contests begin around 5:15 p.m. The country-music concert starts at 7 p.m. at the depot. Other activities, including food sales, begin at 3 p.m.

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