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Marion County Day festival returns this weekend

Marion County is inviting residents and visitors to its annual community festival this weekend, which will celebrate the county’s 180-year history.

On Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Marion County Day will take place at the McPherson Governmental Campus at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.

During the festival, attendees will take a trip down memory lane as local organizations participate in telling Marion County’s story in a fun, informative, and interactive way.

The event will also feature games, live entertainment, local vendors, a kids’ zone featuring bounce houses a petting zoo, archery, and other fun activities, and many food trucks.

The community festival is free to attend and open to the public.

Marion County commissioners hosted the first Government Day in 2018. The inaugural event included various services and activities, and over 1,000 people attended.

In 2019, the event was changed to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Marion County. On November 19, 2019, the commissioners approved the renaming of the event to Marion County Day. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 Marion County Day festivals were both canceled. On March 26, 2022, the event returned to Ocala.

For more information on the event, visit the 2024 Marion County Day webpage.