Fall means festivals and sports in Pasco County | Events
Pasco County, Florida -- The cooler temperatures this weekend will welcome two major sport events and the return of the Cotee River Bike Fest to kickoff the fall tourism season in Pasco County.
Thursday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 14, it's the 8th annual Cotee River Bike Fest and this Saturday, Oct. 13, it's the Sqwish-Sqwash Oktoberfest Challenge at the Starkey Ranch and on Sunday, Oct. 14, it's the annual Longleaf Triathlon at the Longleaf Town Center.
Sqwish-Sqwash's Oktoberfest Challenge features two courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced adventure minded competitors. The Blazing Mud Challenge is an eight-mile course with more than 22 obstacles. The Braveheart five-mile challenge starts later in the afternoon and it contains more than 18 obstacles.
This year's Longleaf Triathlon is a sanctioned Florida USA Triathlon Regional Championship. Sunday's events get started early at 5:30 a.m. and the time trial starts for both the Sprint and Olympic distance events begin at 8:00 a.m.
The Longleaf Triathlon is one of the Tampa Bay Area's premier multi-sports events offering a lake swim and a popular bike route through Starkey Wilderness Park's nature bike trail and a fast-paced ride down SR 54. On the run, the participants run through the quaint town of Longleaf.
Also this weekend the streets of New Port Richey will be revving it up with the Cotee River Bike Fest. The roar of motorcycles rumbling down the street can be heard at throughout West Pasco starting Thursday, from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In addition, Wesley Chapel's Fall Festival is Oct. 13-14. The event is located at the Grove near I-75 and SR-54. This year's festival returns with even more family-friendly features and fun.
In Dade City, the Scarecrow Festival is this Saturday. Bring your family and have fun building your very own scarecrow. Bring your own long sleeve shirt and pants to stuff a scarecrow for free.
The following weekend, Oct. 20-21, the running trails will be adventurous with the Little Everglades Ranch hosting the Savage Race and the popular Rattlesnake Run in San Antonio. The five-mile Rattlesnake Run is part of the 45th Rattlesnake Festival. The festival offers visitors snake shows, gopher races, live music and educational wildlife exhibits.
Savage Race is billed as more than a mud or obstacle race, but designed to be the experience of a lifetime. Savage Race tightly packs numerous obstacles within a 4-6 mile course.
Finally on Saturday, Oct. 27, Zephyrhills will host its annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues Festival. Event-goers can sample the culinary creations of both local and out-of-town BBQ chefs. The Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Florida Bar-B-Q Association. The grills start smoking at 10 a.m. For more information visit www.zephyrhillschamber.org.