Take a road trip this weekend and enjoy some off-road fun

Celebrate the 85th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail or catch the debut of Stone Cold Steve Austin's Broken Skull Truck

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Betsey Barfield portrays Tommie Barfield during the Tamiami Trail anniversary parade in Everglades City. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail.

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Daily News/File Betsey Barfield portrays Tommie Barfield during the Tamiami Trail anniversary parade in Everglades City. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Tamiami Trail.

Season may be winding down in Southwest Florida, but there is still fun to be had this weekend if you don’t mind taking a drive.

Starting tonight the Collier County Fairgrounds will host three days of shows featuring some of the biggest trucks on four wheels. You can also head down to Everglades City on Saturday and celebrate the stretch of road that make trips through the Everglades much easier.

Happy trails to you!

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TRAILS

It took 2,000 workers five years to join the Florida coasts between Miami-Dade and Collier counties. This year the Tamiami Trail is turning 85 and Everglades City is ready to celebrate.

The town will be busy with a full day of activities including a pancake breakfast, a guided walking tour of Everglades City, a performance by Sailor Children’s Circus and a history lesson from Florida author and Tampa Bay Times columnist, Jeff Klinkenberg.

Tamiami Trail 85th Anniversary celebration

When: Saturday, April 27

Events schedule:

■10 a.m.: Pancake breakfast at Everglades Airpark, 650 E.C. Airpark Road, Everglades City

■11 a.m.: Parade around Everglades City begins and Tamiami Trail Pavilion opens with arts and crafts and face painting

■Noon: Opening ceremony at City Hall, 102 S.W. Copeland St.

■12:30 p.m.: Sailor Children’s Circus in Big Tent and barbecue and fish fry in Pavilion

■1:30 p.m.: Lecture on the History of the Tamiami Trail by Jeff Klinkenberg in the Pavilion

■2:30 p.m.: Old timers’ story telling at the Museum of the Everglades, 105 W. Broadway Ave., Everglades City

■3:30 p.m.: Guided Walking Tour of Historic Sites around Everglades City beginning at the museum

■4:30 p.m.: Afternoon tea at the historic Rod & Gun Club, 200 Riverside Drive, and museum cake ceremony

■5:30 p.m.: Movie with popcorn at Community Church, 101 Copeland Ave. S.

Cost: Events are free, additional cost for food

Information: 239-695-0008 or www.colliermuseums.com

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TRUCK

The Monster Truck Xtreme Mania rolls into the Collier County Fairgrounds today along with FMX motorcycles and quad racers. It’s your chance to watch monster trucks like Shock Therapy, Reptoid, Rock Solid, and Get ER Done, race, crush cars and show off their freestyle moves.

WWE Superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Truck is making its debut.

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WWE Superstar “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Truck is making its debut.

Be sure to keep an eye out for WWE Superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Truck and the Collier County Sheriffs Office Summer Fest truck, which are both making their debuts.

Buying a pit party pass will let you meet the drivers, get a closer look at the trucks and meet Mountain Man from the A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty.” Passes are $7 and are valid with paid admission.

Monster Xtreme Mania

When: 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.) Friday, April 26; 2 p.m. (gates open at noon) and 7:30 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) Saturday, April 27; 2:30 p.m. (gates open at noon) Sunday, April 28

Ground Pounder will be among the trucks at Monster Xtreme Mania at the Collier County Fairgrounds.

Ground Pounder will be among the trucks at Monster Xtreme Mania at the Collier County Fairgrounds.

Where: Collier County Fairgrounds, 751 39th Ave. NE, Naples

Cost: $15 adults; free kids 5 and younger; $7 pit party pass (no pit party Friday, April 26)

Tickets: www.colliercountyfair.com

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