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‘Tampapalooza’ celebrates waning summer days

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: August 3, 2014 at 06:02 PM

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TAMPA — Tampa was the star of the show during the first “Tampapalooza” at the Florida State Fairgrounds — a celebration of all things local with vendors, food, performers, artists and musicians.

The weekend event, billed as a “spectacular end of summer celebration,” featured hundreds of local offerings and a host of activities for children — including a singalong.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers presented their Play 60 kids fitness program and there were even starship rides aboard a craft from the TV series Battlestar Galactica.

Organizers took a beating on Facebook from first-day fans upset they had to pay $6 for parking and couldn’t find VIP features they paid for. The response, in part: “Our first day was, to say the least, horrible.”

But with temperatures in the low 90s on Sunday, humidity at 70 percent and minimal breezes, people had no trouble finding their way to one class of vendors anyway — those with “ice” in their name.

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