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Sunday, November 28, 2021

Fort King to conduct cannon firing during upcoming Heritage Skills Day

The City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department and the Fort King Heritage Association are preparing to host the first Heritage Skills Day – and it comes with a special twist.

The event will take place Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fort King National Historic Landmark, located at 3925 E. Fort King St. Artillery volunteers plan to make the event special by conducting live cannon firing.

Residents in the area may hear a series of rounds fired multiple times throughout the day during the event. Cannon fire will take place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Live history demonstrations will be available throughout the day for free. But to participate in the heritage skills classes pre-registration is required. In addition, the Fort King National Historic Landmark visitors center and archaeology center will be open on a limited basis.

In accordance with current recommended health guidelines, only five visitors at a time will be allowed inside the visitor center or archaeology center. All guests must wear a face covering, to cover the nose and mouth, while inside both buildings and adhere to a physical distance of six feet apart.

For a complete list of events and additional information, visit www.fortkingocala.com or call the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department at (352) 368-5517.