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Top things to do this weekend: Florida State Fair, Mutt Derby at Derby Lane

GO, DOG, GO: Mutt Derby

One of the most hilarious days at the races is Sunday, when ordinary house pets get a chance to run on the Derby Lane greyhound track. Mutt Derby registration begins at 11 a.m., but you can register in advance at greyhoundpets.com. Racing starts at noon, divided by weight divisions. All dogs racing must have proof of vaccinations. Greyhounds are welcome, but not allowed to race. Benefits Greyhound Pets of America. $20 advance, $25 day of for the dog registration, but it’s free for spectators. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 595-7852.

FLORIDA STATE FAIR: Dance stars, Elvis and deal days

It’s the last weekend of the Florida State Fair, and in addition to all rides and food on a stick, it brings stars of the Lifetime reality series Dance Moms, a slew of Elvis impersonators and some deals. Friday is $5 Day, with $5 admission after 5 p.m., and admission is $5 all day Monday for Presidents Day with a Coke can or bottle.

This year, the state fair is hosting its first dance championship and the finals on Saturday will be judged by Dance Moms’ Chloe Lukasiak, 16, and her mom, Christi Lukasiak, as well as show choreographer Gianna Martello. The popular annual Elvis Extravaganza began Tuesday and a whole lotta shaking continues through Thursday with prizes for best look-alike and fan favorite before the top prize is awarded at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Entertainment Hall. It’s been decades since the fair had its last Demolition Derby, and on Saturday cars will crash and smash until there’s just one left standing in the Stampede Arena at 7 p.m.

The Florida State Fairgrounds are at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Gates open at 9 a.m. Friday through Monday, with the midway opening at 10 a.m. Admission is $13, $7 ages 6-11, $9 seniors; $35 any-day armband; $25 weekday armband. (813) 621-7821. floridastatefair.com.

FUN RUNS: 5K fundraisers

This week brings some fun runs to raise money for good causes. There’s also an excuse to sample beer or a chance to escape zombies; register for all at active.com.

Tampa Bay Tequila Run Across the Bay: A 5K or 10K race on the Courtney Campbell Trail with water on both sides. Optional fundraising through sponsorships benefits the Shrine of Tampa. 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Whiskey Joe’s Bar and Grill, 7720 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. $35-$40. (727) 226-7223.

Tampa Beer Run: A 5K party run with a free specialty beer sample every 3/4 mile. Ends with an after-party with more beer and music. Benefits My Hope Chest. 10 a.m. Saturday. Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave., Tampa. $35. (859) 620-2862.

Zombie Run: You can choose to be a runner or a zombie in this race to preserve three flags from capture before crossing the finish line. 9 a.m. Saturday. Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive. $40. (813) 928-8433.

Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure: Moved from its usual October date because of Hurricane Irma, this year’s race for breast cancer research and support is a nighttime "glow" run. The Kids for the Cure dashes off at 5 p.m., followed by the Sunset Survivor Walk and the 5K at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Vinoy Park, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $30-$35; $10 kids. (727) 823-0728. Register at komensuncoast.org.

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