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Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up is Saturday, Feb. 8

Post Date:01/22/2020 11:34 AM

OCALA, Fla. (Jan. 22, 2020) – The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department will host the Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up event Saturday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park, 500 NE Sanchez Ave.

A cattle drive will kick off the event in downtown Ocala and will end at Tuscawilla Park where the real festivities will begin. The cattle drive will begin at 9 a.m. near Jesse’s Computers and Repair located at 300 SE Eighth St. The cattle will come down SE First Ave., cross Silver Springs Blvd., then turn toward Tuscawilla Park along Watula Ave. The public is invited and encouraged to line the streets to watch the cattle pass by on their way to Tuscawilla Park.

The event will feature live entertainment by regional bluegrass band Brett Bass and the Melted Plectrum, cowboy demonstrations, authentic gunfighting re-enactments from the Six Gun Territory Gunfighters, can-can dancing from the Palace Saloon Revue dancers, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, farm animal petting zoo, kids’ corral with family-friendly games, antique tractors and trailers and more.

Food vendors include Big Lee’s Bar-b-que and Chik-fil-A, as well as kettle corn, cotton candy and funnel cakes. Additional food and drink, including adult beverages, will also be available at the event for purchase.

This year’s event will feature the first Marion Rotary Duck Derby. The Rotary clubs of Marion County will race 5,000 rubber ducks on Lake Tuscawilla at 1 p.m. The fundraising activity will benefit the Discovery Center — a family science center providing an interactive educational experience which stimulates a desire to expand personal knowledge.

Duck adoptions are $5.00 for one duck or increase your chances by purchasing six ducks for $25.00 or a flock of 24 ducks for $100.00. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for ducks crossing the finish line. Ducks are available for adoption now at www.duckrace.com/ocala and will also be available on-site at the event from 10 a.m. to approximately 12:45 p.m.

General admission to this event is free.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at 352-368-5517 or visit www.ocalafl.org/cowboy.

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