Spring break kicks off this weekend with a full slate of events, from checking out the long rows of teeth on big alligators to dressing up more docile creatures in costumes for St. Patrick's Day to swaying to the beat of live music.

Glen Rose is known for dinosaurs, but on Saturday alligators, crocodiles and other big crawly critters take center stage to entertain and educate adults and kids alike.

Gator Country, presented by the Glen Rose Chamber of Commerce, makes its Glen Rose debut with two shows, one at 10:30 a.m. and one at 4 p.m. at the Somervell County Expo Center.

Gary Saurage will display his stunning skills working with alligators, crocodiles, pythons and other animals. Saurage and his Gator Country team will be featured in the upcoming 911 adventure series on CMT as they rescue alligators from pipes, pools and ponds in southeast Texas.

Get pictures made with the animals and autographs, shop for souvenirs and crafts and enjoy games and food at the show.

Tickets are $12.50 for adult floor seats, $10 for adult general admission seats and a $5 discount for children under 12. Children under 2 years are free if they sit in an adult's lap. Call 897-4509 or 897-2286 for more information.

The city's annual St. Patrick's Day Festival starts at 8 a.m. with a citywide garage sale. Residents are invited to hold sales at their homes or to participate in a group garage sale in the Grace Street parking lot next to Junkyard Dog and behind Caylor Creek. Space is on a first-come basis.

At 10 a.m. singer Mercedez will deliver the national anthem. Shops around the square and an arts and crafts fair will open to showcase their wares.

That's also the time to sign up for the St. Patrick's Day theme dessert decorating contest. The entry fee is $8. The contest will be held at 10:30 a.m.

The St. Pat's theme pet costume contest takes place at 11 a.m. The entry fee is $8. Dress up your pooch in green and let him or her strut his stuff.

At noon the Brandt Frankie Band entertains the crowd and Mercedez returns to sing at 3 p.m. The music and festival last until 5 p.m.

After that head over to Storiebook Cafe for more live music or to Oakdale Park where a bluegrass gathering starts at 6 p.m. It brings together musicians, fans and food for an old-fashioned evening. Bring a pot-luck dish to share and get ready to tap your feet!