5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 25

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Friday, October 25.

(1) Sarasota County substitute teacher job fair

The Sarasota County School District is holding a job fair for potential substitute teachers on Friday.

Because the district desperately needs to fill substitute teaching positions at some schools, it has removed the requirement at those schools to have a Florida teaching certificate.

Applicants interested in working at those schools must still have a bachelor's degree and be willing to submit to a drug and background check.

The job fair is taking place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the North Port High School Career Center at 6400 West Price Boulevard in North Port. District human resource specialists will be on hand to answer any questions applicants may have.

(2) Florida Aquarium prepares for Halloween

The Florida Aquarium dives into the Halloween spirit on Friday.

In preparation for Sunday's annual Guppyween Event, otters at the Aquarium will be given pumpkins to eat and play with. The pumpkins will be distributed at 1:30 p.m.

At 2 o'clock divers wearing Halloween costumes will participate in an underwater pumpkin carving contest in the Coral Reef Gallery.

The Guppyween event on Sunday allows children to trick-or-treat among the 20,000 sea creatures in a family-friendly environment.

For more information on all these events, call (813) 273-4000 or visit www.flaquarium.org.

(3) Luke Bryan in concert

Country singer Luke Bryan performs the second of back-to-back concerts on Friday night at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds.

The 37-year-old Bryan, who is touring in support of his fourth studio album, Crash My Party, was recently named the ACM Entertainer of the Year.

All four of Bryan's studio albums have reached at least #2 on the Billboard County Music chart.

Opening tonight for Bryan will be AMC Vocal Duo of the Year award winner Thompson Square and AMC New Artist of the Year award winner Florida George Line.

For more information about tonight's concert, call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.livenation.com.

To learn more about Luke Bryan, visit his official website at www.lukebryan.com.

(4) USF Homecoming Parade

The University of South Florida will hold its annual Running of the Bulls Homecoming Parade on Friday night.

The parade is expected to be the largest ever. It will feature more than 50 floats, nearly twice as many as last year. There will also be watch parties and food trucks stationed along the parade route.

Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Vincent Jackson will be the parade's Grand Marshall.

The parade begins at 7:00 p.m. near the Marshall Student Center. It will end at Fowler Fields. Following the parade there will be a concert by Wiz Khalifa and DJ Enferno.

Homecoming Week wraps up on Saturday when the USF Bulls football teams hosts Louisville at noon at Raymond James Stadium.

For more information, visit homecoming.usf.edu.

(5) 32nd annual John's Pass Seafood Festival

The 32nd annual John's Pass Seafood Festival opens on Friday afternoon in Madiera Beach.

The outdoor festival features live entertainment, and arts and craft show, and lots of local seafood vendors.

Today there will be a "Best Grouper Entree" contest at 5:00 p.m., a "Blessing of the Fleet" at 6:00 p.m. to honor local fisherman, and a Halloween Block Party with an adult costume contest featuring $1000 in cash and prizes.

Admission to the Festival is free. For more information on all of this weekend's events at the Seafood Festival, visit www.johnspass.com/index.php/seafood-festival/.

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