5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, January 3

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, January 3.

(1) Epiphany boats launched

Crews will continue making preparations for next week's Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs when they launch boats onto Spring Bayou on Friday morning.

The twelve boats are scheduled to be launched around 10 o'clock. All the boys will dive for the cross on Monday will be at the spring for the launch.

This year there is a new boat honoring the man who made the crosses for the past thirty years who just passed away.

Feast of the Epiphany ceremonies begin at sunrise on Monday. The cross dive is scheduled to occur around 1:00 p.m.

For more information on the Epiphany celebration, visit www.epiphanycity.org.

(2) A Time to Pray

Lakeland City Commissioner Phillip Walker is putting together a prayer vigil on Friday night.

A Time to Pray will take place in Munn Park at 7:30 p.m.

Walker hopes the prayer vigil will help begin healing the city that has been racked by numerous scandals over the past year.

"I am asking that we come together as we seek spiritual guidance to move our Community forward," said Walker. "As we begin this New Year 2014, we need to pray for our City and for our citizens as we work together to heal our community."

People of all faiths are welcome at the prayer vigil.

(3) Florida's Largest Home Show

Florida's Largest Home Show opens on Friday at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.

Today is ABC Action News Free Friday at the show. There is no admission free for anyone today.

The home show features more than 900 exhibits that hope to inspire you. There will be opportunities to talk to home improvement experts about products and services you can use inside and outside your house.

The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization has a special interactive display at the show. Their exhibit features a single-family backyard outdoor kitchen and a high-rise style balcony overlooking a representation of a Bay Area park.

While at the show you can take part in the "ABC Action News Experience" and meet various on-air members of the ABC Action News team. The Experience allows you to forecast the weather in front of a Chroma key wall like Shay Ryan or Dennis Phillips.

Show hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. Children under 12 are admitted free with an adult.

For more information, visit www.bighomeshow.com.

(4) 2014 Orange Bowl

The collegiate bowl season continues with the 2014 Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Friday night.

The game will just be the second ever between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Clemson Tigers. Their previous contest, the 1978 Gator Bowl, was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Ohio State quarterback Art Schlicter was trying to drive the Buckeyes for a 4th quarter come-from-behind victory when he was intercepted by Clemson's Charlie Bauman. After Bauman was shoved out of bounds, long-time Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes punched Bauman in the face. Hayes was fired by the school the next day.

Tonight's game will feature some of the most exciting college quarterbacks: Ohio State's Braxton Miller and Clemson's Tajh Boyd.

Miller passed for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also scored 10 rushing touchdown and rushed for 1,033 yards.

Boyd had an even better year through the air, passing for 3,473 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Tonight's game begins at 8:30 p.m. It will be televised live on ESPN.

(5) Pachyderms pick bowl winner

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus elephants will select a winner in Monday's BCS Championship game on Friday.

The Pachyderms will make their pick at 10:30 a.m. at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

They will choose either the Auburn Tigers or the undefeated Florida State Seminoles to win the Championship game.

The circus is playing at the Forum through Sunday.

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