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Molly Hatchet, One Night Rodeo, Eric Darius at Rib Fest

Still dig Molly Hatchet? One Night Rodeo’s got a fan base here.

Smooth sax player Eric Darius, too.

They’re among the smokin’ performers for the 2009 Gulf Coast Rhythm & Rib Fest at the Manatee County Fairgrounds March 13 to 15.

The Grass Roots, Trent Tomlinson and Avant are also on board. So are the Mitch Clark Band, the Dr. Dave Band, KoKo Ray, AJ & The Automatics and G-Force.

Plenty of national award-winning rib teams from Alabama, the Carolinas, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida will be there, too.

Check your local 7-Eleven store for advance tickets.

For more information, visit www.gulfcoastribfest.com. Or call (941) 746-7470.

n Uh, oh! Bradenton Deputy Police Chief Bill Tokajer’s is two years shy of the Big 5-0!

The birthday boy and his wife, Thea, celebrated by visiting their grands in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where the temperatures rose to a balmy 6 degrees.

n Good luck to Amanda Spicer, who competes Sunday in Tampa for the 2009 National Miss Pre-Teen Title.

The Stewart Elementary School third-grader is in the gifted program, plays soccer, attends the Manatee Players’ boot camp every summer, and has won awards for writing and art.

Amanda is vying for the chance to advance to Orlando for the Cities of America National Competition and more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes.

Parents Dave and Gina Spicer and grands Frank and Barbara Gentiuomo are proud.

n LRHS varsity cheerleader Lauren Reed is 18.

n Big ups to the St. Joseph Catholic School junior division award winners in the 2009 Lockheed Martin Regional Science and Engineering Fair:

First place — Davis Roddenberry, behavior and social sciences.

First place — Paiton Krebs, botany.

Third place — Jacob LaMore, physics and astronomy.

Certificates of achievement — William Ehrenfield, chemistry; Sally Bright, environmental; Mitchell McCormick, environmental; Caitlyn Doyle, physics and astronomy; Lucas Piety, zoology.

n LRHS Marching Mustang percussionist Scott Hinton is 17.

n Bradenton Christian linebacker Colton Goodwin is in the Under Armour Combine Sunday at the Miami Dolphin facility in Davie.

The combine showcases players’ talents in NFL Scouting Combine type drills and the data is sent to college football recruiters.

Good luck from parents Mark and Kathi and brothers Forrest, Sennett and Fielding.

n MHS senior C.J. Wakefield is 18. Cheers from mom Melody, sister Toni and girlfriend Miranda.

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