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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Ocala’s Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up heads to Tuscawilla Park this weekend

The City of Ocala’s popular Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up will return this Saturday, February 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to celebrate Central Florida’s ranching and cattle history.

Real cowboys will kick off the festivities as they drive Florida Cracker Cattle through downtown Ocala to Tuscawilla Park (829 NE Sanchez Avenue).

Throughout the event, attendees will be treated to live entertainment, cowboy demonstrations, mechanical bull rides, a farm animal petting zoo, and a kid’s corral with family-friendly games. In addition, a variety of food trucks and craft vendors will be on site.

The event will also feature the Marion Rotary Duck Derby. At 1 p.m., the Rotary clubs of Marion County will race thousands of rubber ducks on Lake Tuscawilla.

Duck adoptions are still available for $5 (one duck), $25 (six ducks), or $100 (24 ducks), and proceeds from the fundraising activity will benefit the Discovery Center. At the end of the race, cash prizes will be awarded for first place ($2,000), second place ($1,000), and third place ($500) finishes.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Department’s Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up webpage.