Ocala is Alive with Activities!
One venue, one month…a variety of activities. The Southeastern Livestock Pavilion in Ocala, FL offers a wide selection of events during the month of October. From music, athletics, history and gardening to competitions, cook-offs, the circus and more, be prepared for some exciting options for weekend leisure.
2009 Ocala Scottish Highland Games & Celtic Festival
Saturday, October 3rd •
8 am – 5 pm
This Scottish heritage event is one that provides entertainment for everyone. The family historian will enjoy meeting with 12+ clans to determine their family heritage. The athletes will cheer on their favorite Highland Athletes as they compete in feats such as cabor (telephone pole toss) and stone of strength (the Scottish version of the shot put). Children can even compete in athletics designed for little ones and learn how to throw battle axes. Everyone will recognize the amazing sounds of the bag pipes, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Pipe and Drum group hosting the event. And then there are the graceful moves of the Irish and Scottish dancers.
North Central Florida Pigeon Show
Saturday, October 3rd •
9 am – 3 pm
Did you know there are over 300 breeds of pigeons? They can be found almost anywhere in the world. Pigeons are the strongest flyers of all the birds with amazing maneuverability when in the air, yet pigeons can vary in size quite a bit. Pigeon hobbyists raise homing pigeons (or racing homers) like the Rock pigeon, tumbling pigeons and showy pigeons known for their distinctive fancy physical characteristics, such as the Fantail pigeon. This regional competition will feature as many as 30 different breeds. Each breed has a standard and these birds will be demonstrating the qualities and characteristics unique to their breed.
Florida Palomino Horse Show
Saturday-Sunday, October 3rd – 4th •
Begins at 9 am both days
Palomino horses are called such because of their coat and mane coloring: golden coat and white tail and mane. They are great show horses and are quite commonly used is parades as well. Two very recognizable palominos are Roy Rogers’ Trigger and Mr. Ed from television. The Florida Palomino Horse Show features both palominos and quarter horses competing in a variety of events. Held three times a year in Ocala, the FPHS is free and open to the public. Come and enjoy watching these distinctive horses and riders demonstrate their skills in barrels, pole bending, flag race, showmanship, western riding and more.
Master Gardeners Fall Gathering
Saturday, October 10th •
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (or until sold out)
Looking to learn a little more about gardening? Want to add some new foliage to your yard this fall? This annual plant sale includes native plants, annuals, perennials, ground covers, fruit trees, shade trees and a variety of seeds. All plant items are grown/propagated by Master Gardeners who offer customer growing tips and gardening wisdom. Melaleuca mulch and rain barrels will also be on sale. Free admission and parking. No pets allowed.
Marion County Chili Cook-off
Saturday, October 10th •
Beginning at 9 am
It’s officially fall here in Ocala, Florida, although you wouldn’t know it yet by the weatherman. However, by the time this event kicks off, everyone will be ready for a delicious sampling of the area’s best chili. It’s the 28th Annual Chili Cook-off. Enjoy a variety of chili samples from a dedicated group of chili cookers, each vowing for the coveted Grand Champion Chili Team title. Dunning Shaw and other local entertainers keep the day lively with music.
Sons of Confederate Soldiers Robert E. Lee Re-Enactment
Friday, October 16th
The 8th Brigade of the Florida Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans presents living history to the residents of Ocala with a special reenactment performance of Civil War general Robert E. Lee, an iconic figure of American military leadership. Lee’s life is portrayed by Al Stone of West Virginia, who has been endorsed by Robert E. Lee IV as giving the most accurate portrayal of General Lee in the nation. His performance has been seen on the History Channel’s “April 1865” documentary as well. Guests are invited to dress in Civil War period costume for the evening. This event is one history lovers will not want to miss!
Loomis Brothers Circus
Tuesday, October 27th •
Elephants, tigers and clowns…oh, my! They’re all coming to town for this spectacular evening. This two-hour event will delight the audience with all the fanfare of a traditional American 3-ring circus: acrobats, trapeze artists, animal tricks, jugglers, clowns, magic tricks, aerialists, elephant and pony rides, face painting and more. Concessions like popcorn and cotton candy will complete this nostalgic experience.