The Dade City Kumquat Festival is held every year in the wintertime. Though I missed the last Kumquat Festival, I have been. Basically, it consists of some arts and crafts fairs, a car show, a lot of beauty contests for girls of various ages (Little Junior Miss Kumquat, Little Miss Kumquat, Misses Junior Kumquat, Miss Teen Kumquat, etc.), and a Kumquat recipe contest.
Hey, if you want the Dade City experience . . .
The Withlacoochee River, during dry seasons, is litterally nothing, but when the water level is high enough you can kayak / canoe down it. I didn't really like my canoe trip here - - if you want to canoe head into Tampa and visit Hillsborough River State Park or drive down to Sarasota County and visit Myakka State Park. At Withlacoochee, the most interesting thing I saw while going down the river was one of those old pop-top beer cans. The label had worn off, but it was still interesting to see.
Also, I had the worst camping experience of my life here. I like to camp - I'm not afraid of lions, tigers, and / or the proverbial bear (oh my!), but I didn't feel safe at all while at Withlacoochee. First of all, the "ranger" appeared to be some drunk dude who was a little shady. Secondly. there's freaking cow skulls in the trees. Third, there's eire flies all around. Finally, the probation system in good old Pasco County sees to it that you're probably going to be raped or killed by stuffing the park full of wayward types. See, in Dade City, the youth that are being punished (like through the courts) are usually assigned community service to Withlacoochee River State Park. So, basically, you're out in the middle of nowhere with junveile deliquents everywhere. Juvenile deliquents who are supervised by the drunk "ranger." Uh-huh . . . .
If you're a golf fan, you must stop and play the new course at Lake Jovita. It is a Florida course that feels like North Carolina. It has beautiful rolling hills in an unspoiled atmosphere.
It was rated among the top 10 new courses in the United States by Golf Digest.
Antique Shopping in Historic Downtown
Although Dade City is not well known, it's historic district is famous with antique hunters. A beautifully restored main street is lined with antique malls, cafes, art shops, and an old fashioned soda fountain.
This is an artsy little festival that occurs every year in August. There is a foot race, arts and crafts, gopher turtle races, lots of food, and of course, SNAKES