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When is the Tampa Bay Margarita Festival?

2018 Tampa Bay Margarita Festival Dates and Times

You may be wondering what’s happening around these parts. Here on the Friendly Kia blog, we’ve gone from whimsical articles about which Kia models would be which holiday foods and how 2018 Kia models could ruin your favorite movies to writing about pirate parades, strawberry festivals and fine art shows. It may seem a bit “out of character” for a Kia blog. Read the rest of this entry >>

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When Is the Florida Strawberry Festival?

2018 Plant City Strawberry Festival Dates and Events

The Florida Strawberry Festival is one of our favorite annual events. Sprawling more than a week in Plant City, the Florida Strawberry Festival provides more than just strawberry-themed fun. A parade, craft show, live music beauty pageant and live music. In recent years, the live music has been one of the more notable attractions seeing Plant City host artists like Willie Nelson (last year), Ricky Skaggs (2015), John Legend (2015) and Demi Lovato (2012). Read the rest of this entry >>

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When is the 2018 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts?

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2018 Dates and Times

In case you haven’t been reading our blog lately, we’re eagerly awaiting the festivals that make-up Gasparilla 2018. Ever since the pirate festival, we’ve been twiddling our thumbs here waiting for more Gasparilla fun and resorting to publishing blogs with themes like analyzing how Bill Murray would spend Groundhog Day in 2018 Kia models and giving out fake awards from the Friendly Kia dogs.

We’re desperate for more swashbuckling fun in Tampa Bay. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Direct Current 6: 6 Weeks to Stanley Cup Glory

Tampa Bay Lightning News February 21, 2018

We’re between six and seven weeks from the beginning of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and things are getting a lot sweatier at the top. At the time of this blog post’s publication, the Tampa Bay Lightning are still sitting on top of the NHL for points scored, wins, goals scored and goal difference.

That’s only part of the story, however, as Boston has recently been surging and is within a point of the Bolts with two games in hand on them. Across the continental divide, Nashville’s win streak has propelled them to the top of the Central Division, while Las Vegas’ loss keeps them below us by only one point. Read the rest of this entry >>

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What Apps Does the Kia Rio Have?

2018 Kia Rio Apps and Smartphone Compatibility

When most of us were just learning to drive, entertainment while driving meant finding a new radio station, switching a CD or using a cassette tape adapter to play a bulky iPod through the car speakers. It was a darker time. Similarly, navigation meant either stopping and checking a map or printing off directions from MapQuest. If routes had changed, or roads were closed, we were out of luck! Read the rest of this entry >>

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Notes from the Rebellion: 2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte Vs. 2018 Kia Forte

We’ve been patiently waiting to announce information on the newest threat to BIG3, Kia’s score-settling, table-turning redesigned compact car, the 2019 Kia Forte and we have it now. Having spent the better part of the Christmas holiday in hiding, we the rebellion have been eagerly awaiting Kia’s latest release only to be surprised and impressed by what is now offered in a compact car. Read the rest of this entry >>

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What to Do in Tampa Bay This Weekend

Tampa Bay Events February 17-18, 2018

Here in West Central Florida, we have a truly unique opportunity to enjoy fun events pretty much all year-round. Up in Wisconsin, for instance, it’s been right around 10 – 20 degrees over the last week so those people are all huddled up inside blasting through their Netflix queue and forgetting about the beautiful layers of grass beneath the snow that just won’t go away. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Things You Should Know Before You Buy a New Car

New Car Buying Tips from the Folks Who Sell Them

Every day at Friendly Kia, we have people come into our lot purchasing their first new car. The high value of Kia models like the 2018 Kia Forte, 2018 Kia Soul or 2018 Kia Sportage make them great cars to mark the inaugural purchase or lease. Similarly, drivers who have always waited for fast cars to hit the used circuit are finding the 2018 Kia Stinger to provide high value thrill with Kia’s 5-year/60,000-mile warranty in tow. Read the rest of this entry >>