The festival, which is loosely based on a story about Native Americans, is highlighted by a Native American festival Friday through Sunday.
The Chasco Fiesta Street Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Port Richey. About 140 units in the parade will compete for awards with the theme “Viva FL 500,” commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida. Holiday Rotary stages the parade.
Chasco starts Friday night with the carnival, Native American Pow Wow and Festival, Lighthouse Coronation Ball and Contemporary Christian Family Music Night. The Saturday slate features a flea market and Arts & Crafts Village, Children’s Village, Main Street Mile and a Rock ’n’ Roll Tribute in the Park concert.
More than 30 local nonprofit groups benefit from the festival. Some groups host food booths as a fundraiser and others participate directly with a specific event to raise funds for their charity.
The full schedule is available at www.chascofiesta.com.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A backup guitar workshop with Clayton Jones, assisted by Angelee Krieger, will cover a range of techniques from 10 to 11 a.m. Competitions Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are finger pick guitar, hammered and Appalachian dulcimers, beginning old time banjo, beginning fiddle, and rhythm instruments such as Jew’s harp, washboard, washtub and spoons. Competitions Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. are flat pick guitar, mandolin, old time banjo and senior fiddle eliminations. Saturday night at 7 p.m. are old time banjo finals, senior fiddle finals and old time string band.
Mac Benford, guest of honor, is also scheduled to demonstrate his music at 8 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Benford has been a leading figure in preservation and performance of traditional Appalachian stringband music for more than 40 years. He began playing clawhammer banjo in 1960 as a student at Williams College and has made a career as a professional musician since.
The Cousin Thelma Boltin and Edward Lee Flemming Jr. awards are also given at The Old Time Music Championship. The Edward Lee Flemming Jr. Award, sponsored by the Friends of Florida Folk, is presented at the end of the contest and presented to someone who is outstanding on a single instrument or in recognition of exceptional versatility on a number of instruments.
The executive board of The Florida Old Time Music Championship has presented the Cousin Thelma Boltin Award for service to the old time community since 2002. It focuses on service to the community at the event and/or in Florida. The award was established to recognize individuals who have supported and nurtured the old time music community in Florida for many years.
Admission to The Florida Old Time Music Championship is $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday. Admission for all weekend is $15. Children younger than 12 are free. Camping in the rough is available for $10 per night with advance reservations or $12 per night at the gate. No pets or coolers are allowed. For information, visit www.fotmc.org. The Pioneer Florida Museum is located at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, a mile north of Dade City, off U.S. 301.
Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays. For information, contact the carnival office, 28211 Paseo Drive, at (601) 874-3176. The outdoor shopping center is located on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at State Road 56.