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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pensacola Crawfish Festival Leads Fiesta of Five Flags

If you love crawfish and Cajun fare, the Pensacola Crawfish Festival on May 2, 3 and 4 is an event you won‘t want to miss.

It is one of the largest crawfish boils in the State of Florida, with  authentic bayou country entertainment all weekend long, competitive crawfish eating contests throughout the weekend and a children and families’ activities area. Admission is $5 per person, under 12 free or $10 for a three-day weekend pass. 

The Pensacola Crawfish Festival kicks off a hectic series of events for the Fiesta of Five Flags, an organization which celebrates Pensacola’s heritage, promotes tourism and builds pride in Pensacola through festive activities. The five flags are a reference to the different flags that have, at some time, been flown over Pensacola: Spanish, French, British, Confederate, and American.

Among the major events is the Fiesta Day Parade on June 5 where you can catch beads and watch beautiful floats parade through the captured city of Pensacola. Special appearances are made by the Fiesta of Five Flags court of DeLuna. Free to attend.

Sample a variety of mouthwatering seafood dishes and enjoy continuous entertainment at the Pensacola Seafood Festival on September 26, 27 and 28. The Seafood Grille offers cooking demonstrations where you can view area chefs as they prepare regional delicacies. Over 150 arts and crafts vendors provide the opportunity to start your holiday shopping early. The festival includes a children’s area filled with arts and crafts, and a “Gulf to Table” exhibition featuring some of Pensacola’s most popular restaurants.  Free to attend.

For more information on Fiesta events, call 850-433-6512 or visit www.fiestaoffiveflags.org/events

There is more news of top events in this region of Florida at the Top Events USA selection of the annual festivals and events in North Florida.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feel the Heat at Virginia City's Chili on the Comstock

Virginia City, Nevada's 31st annual Chili on the Comstock is no mild affair. The cook-off returns to the historic town Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11, from 10am to 5pm. Taking place along C Street, the historic town's main drive, the event promises plenty of heat, the return of the Fireball Crawl and family-friendly activities.

The two-day event hosts around 30 of the best chili cookers in the west competing for a spot in the International Chili Society (ICS) World Finals later this year. Competitors start from scratch on Saturday morning and a winner is picked each day. A people's choice award is up to the tasters with winners receiving cash and “Virginia City-style” prizes.

Tasting kits are on sale now. New this year is the "VIP Tester," where for $50 guests receive an elite experience with catered chili including all the toppings, free drinks and shaded seats in an exclusive area just for VIPs. 

Regular tasting packages start at $5 for the "Cautious Tester." Those that are more brave can purchase the "Daring Tester" for $10 then add even more heat with the Fireball Crawl for an additional $10, which includes a free shot of Fireball Whiskey to kick off the festivities.

The “Family Fun Zone” returns to the Delta Saloon parking lot with bounce houses, a bungee trampoline, face painting and more. Purchase tickets online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.

For more information on Virginia City, Nev. and the 31st annual Chili on the Comstock, visit VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission at 775-847-7500.

A short 30-minute drive from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes visitors to one of the largest historic districts in the Unites States – Virginia City, Nev. Experience this mining “boomtown” as it was in the 1800's. Step back in time while visiting the numerous historic buildings, saloons, churches and museums or take a mine tour or even ride a real steam train. The Comstock Adventure Passes offer the best value with discounted attraction packages. For lodging, event calendar or Comstock Adventure Passes, visit online or call 775-847-7500. The Visitor Information Center is located at 86 South C Street, Virginia City.

For more information about top events in Nevada take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in Nevada.