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Dragon Boats, October Fests and Skunk Show

 Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival , gwndragonboat.com
Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival , gwndragonboat.com

What is dragon boating? It is twenty paddlers moving in unison, paddling together inside a long boat whose elaborate design originates in ancient China. See bunches of them race in multiple heats all day long, watch live entertainment, shop from a ton of vendors, drink at the beer garden and eat at a slew of food trucks Saturday 6 to 6 at the Dragon Boat Festival at Bill Frederick Park, 3401 South Hiawassee Road in Orlando.

Do some serious plant shopping from 40 Florida plant vendors, climb 40 feet and sit inside the nook of a giant oak tree, listen to a three-member lederhosen ensemble performing authentic German music, eat German food, drink craft beers, enjoy children’s activities, live carillon music and guest speakers at the sixth annual Boktober Fest Sunday 8 to 5 at Bok Tower Gardens at 1151 Tower Blvd in Lake Wales.

Want something closer to home and less involved? Sample beer and listen to the Central Florida Accordion Club at Booktoberfest, tonight at 6:30 at the Downtown Public Library at 101 East Central Boulevard in downtown Orlando.

The 26th Annual Florida Skunk Show, puts skunk against skunk to win the Grand National Champion title Saturday 10 to 5 inside the Ramada Gateway at 7470 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Admission is two dollars.

And as always, Orlando is wonderful.

Bill joined WMFE in September 2008. He started his radio career at WFCS at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain Connecticut where he hosted a weekly comedy/variety show and gospel and blues programs. Bill then spent 10 years at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, where he worked in radio operations and hosted the evening classical music. During this time he also spent two years working overnights and weekends at WTIC 1080 News in Hartford were he anchored the local newscasts, filed stories for CBS radio and prepared news stories for the morning drive.

Bill lives in Deltona and enjoys travel, motorcycling, restaurants and live music.