138th Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns To Kissimmee Feb 17-19

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns to the Silver Spurs Arena for its 138th edition the weekend of Feb 17-19, 2017.

Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, and is the work of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, an all-volunteer organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers. They began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.

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Osceola County Fair Returns to Kissimmee Feb 10-19, 2017

Osceola County Fair at night - photo by Carol Garreans

Fun for the whole family, the annual Osceola County Fair returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, February 10-19, 2017.

Enjoy a midway featuring rides, games, and food, along with the Eudora Farms Petting Zoo, live music and entertainment, animals, and so much more.

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O-Town MacDown Returns August 20 to Kissimmee for Give Kids the World

O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

Get your taste buds ready! The O-Town MacDown returns to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on August 20, 2016.

The event is a family-fun, mac-n-cheese cooking competition benefiting Give Kids The World, and features talented chefs and caterers from all around Orlando serving up some of the best mac-n-cheese dishes on the planet.

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137TH Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns to Kissimmee June 10-12

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns for its 137th edition the weekend of June 10 through 12.

Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, and is the work of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, an all-volunteer organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers. They began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.

The rodeo is still going strong, and offers competitions of various talents, including Bull Riding, Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, and Team Roping.

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Out and About: Silver Spurs Rodeo is Fun for the Family

On Friday night (Feb 19), I took my kids to the Silver Spurs Rodeo at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park. This is a great family event and I do recommend getting there earlier, rather than later. It was a nearly sold out event on Friday.

2016 Silver Spurs Rodeo - Rodeo Queens

Cowboy / cowgirl clothing is not required, but if you need to add some to your wardrobe, there are vendors there selling hats, belts and buckles, among other things.

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Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns to Kissimmee February 19-21, 2016

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns for its 136th edition the weekend of February 19 through 21.

Silver Spurs Rodeo - Tater Porter and Scott Ramsey

Silver Spurs Rodeo is the largest rodeo east of the Mississippi, and is the work of the Silver Spurs Riding Club, an all-volunteer organization started in 1941 by Osceola County ranchers. They began the rodeo in 1944, selling war bonds as admission to raise funds for our military.

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Celebrate Beer Festival Comes to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee Oct 16-17

If you love a good brew, then you’ll want to check out the Celebrate Beer Festival at Kissimmee’s Osceola Heritage Park the weekend of October 16 and 17.

Celebrate Beer Festival

There will be 100’s of beers to sample, from the likes of Abita, B.Nektar Meadery, Blue Moon, Bold City, Brooklyn Brewery, Crooked Can, Funky Buddha, Leinenkugel, Harpoon Brewery, Magic Hat, Orlando Brewing, Sea Dog Brewing, Wops Hops Brewing, and much more.

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Runaway Country Announces Third Headliner and Support Acts for 2016 Concert in Kissimmee

Runaway Country has announced the artist that will be joining Jake Owen and Kenny Chesney as headliner for the three-day music festival coming to Kissimmee in 2016.

Runaway Country 2016 - Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church

That honor falls to Eric Church, whose hits include the #1 singles “Drink in My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “The Only Way i Know,” and most recently, “Raise ‘Em Up” with fellow country artist Keith Urban. Read more

Runaway Country Announces Headliners for Inaugural Kissimmee 2016 Concert

In May it was announced that the Runaway Country music festival would be moving to Kissimmee, with the first concert in 2016. Last night, they announced the first of the headliners.

Runaway Country

Confirmed for the three-day music fest are Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, and Old Dominion. More will be announced as we get closer to the date, but I think those artists are a great start, don’t you?

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Runaway Country Music Festival Coming to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee

Osceola Heritage Park announced this morning they have signed a 10-year contract to host the Runaway Country Music Festival, starting in 2016.

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Runaway Country is a huge annual 3-day country music festival that draws the top talent to its line-up. Previous years have offered the likes of Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, The Band Perry, and more, to enjoy.

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RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Comes to Silver Spurs Arena Kissimmee March 25-28, 2015

For the first time ever, the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) will be held at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, and you can be in the audience!

RAM National Circuit Finals RodeoFrom March 25 through 28, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA)-sanctioned rodeo will feature eight heart-pounding events over four action-packed days, during which time 24 contestants will compete for more than $1 million in cash and prizes.

“We are so pleased to be hosting the RNCFR,” said Robb Larson, General Manager SMG/Osceola Heritage Park. “Our venue and community has embraced the tradition of rodeo and this is another major addition to our already rich rodeo heritage.”

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133rd Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns to Kissimmee June 6-7, 2014

Hundreds of top rodeo professionals are gearing up for the 133rd Silver Spurs Rodeo of Champions, which will take place June 6th and 7th at the Silver Spurs Arena at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

133rd Silver Spurs Rodeo of ChampionsThe Silver Spurs Rodeo is a celebration of an original American sport, born in the old west where cowboys challenged each other in a contest of ranching skills. Founded by the Silver Spurs Riding Club in 1942 for the promotion of good horsemanship and good fellowship in Osceola County, the Silver Spurs Rodeo today is one of the most successful in the Southeast.

Among the competitions will be Bull Riding, Bareback & Saddle Bronc Riding, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing, Team Roping and Steer Wrestling. The event start at 7:30pm each night.

It’s affordable family fun, too! Tickets are only $15 per person, and kids 10 and under are free. Free admission for active and retired military personnel with I.D. Parking is free, as well.

For more information, call 407-67-RODEO or visit silverspursrodeo.com.

Bring the Family to the 70th Annual Osceola County Fair February 14-23, 2014

Osceola County Fair

Peace, Love and Osceola County Fair is the theme for the upcoming 2014 Fair which takes place February 14th through 23rd, 2014 at Osceola Heritage Park.

Fair goers will be treated to 70’s style decorations, souvenirs and musical performers bringing back all the favorite music of the 1970’s.

This year’s free daily entertainment lineup includes FAME Racing (which offers interactive remote control car racing tournaments), Neecha Braun’s Amazing Dobermans, Hubba Bubba’s Clown Show, Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Dare Devil’s Wall of Death, The Sweeney Brothers Band, Eudora Farms Exotic Petting Zoo, and more

There will also be a midway with over 80 rides and games, a pie eating contest, livestock shows, and a truck and tractor pull.

The hard-hitting fast-paced Demolition Derby returns on Friday, February 14 at 7:00pm. This popular event is only $5.00 per person in addition to regular fair admission.

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Free Orlando Pet Expo Will Take Place in Kissimmee on November 2, 2014

Bring your pet to the Orlando Pet Expo at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee on Saturday, November 2.

Orlando Pet ExpoThis free event will feature live entertainment, obedience demonstrations, information about pet care, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm/flea preventatives, free nail trims, and more.

Shorty Rossi from Animal Planet’s Pit Boss TV show will be present with Hercules, discussing his passion for rescuing pit bulls. He will also be doing autographs and photos with a donation to his charity, Shorty’s Rescue.

Looking to add to your family? Dozens of rescue groups will be present in a mega-adoption event.

The event runs 10am to 6pm, and all pets must be on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations.

For more information, visit amazingpetexpoorlando.com.

Out and About: 2013 Osceola County Fair in Kissimmee

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A county fair can always be a fun time.  Having grown up in the the Midwest, they were always fun to attend.  I didn’t always get to do the extra-special cost-more-money stuff that my older siblings did, but the rides were awesome.

This past Saturday (2/9), my family and I went to check out the Osceola County Fair.

This fair is a typical small town country fair, and it is tons of fun.  You can see the animal entries from the 4H kids (awesome organization, btw), and the midway is full of impossible-to-win games that cost extra, and typical fried fair food that costs way more than it should.

The kids loved the fun houses and bumper cars, though our daughter had to ride the Tilt-a-whirl all by herself this year as I was recovering from the flu, and would not have survived it.

I would recommend doing this with your family if you can. Yes, it is expensive, but it’s worth the experience, especially if you have not been to a county fair. With the help of prepurchased wrist bands from Walgreens, it was more affordable for our family of four.

The 2013 Osceola County Fair runs through February 17, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee.

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[Photos by Kirk and Carol Garreans]

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