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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Orlando Dining Round-Up January 22, 2016: Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, The Meatball Stoppe

In this week’s dining news round-up, a new brunch, chef’s dinners, and new openings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…

Marlow's Tavern Waterford Lakes

Marlow’s Tavern Waterford Lakes is debuting a new Sunday brunch menu from 11:30am to 3pm.

Noteworthy dishes include Traditional Chilaquiles (corn tortillas melted in roast ranchero sauce with three fried eggs, sour cream, vine ripe tomato, avocado, cilantro and smoked chili cream), Chicken & Waffles, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, and The “Champagne” of Breakfasts (Fried chicken sliders, apple-wood smoked bacon, breakfast sausage, juevos rancheros and house-made hash browns, served on a silver platter with a fresh cracked, ice cold Miller High Life).

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$100,000 World Food Champion Crowned in Celebration

After a week-long battle, a wife and husband barbecue competition team from Kansas beat more than 1,100 competitive chefs, home cooks and food sport enthusiasts for the World Food Championships title in Central Florida on November 10.

World Food Championships

Cheryl and Loren Hill, three-time qualifiers for the World Food Championships, not only won the $100,000 grand prize, but also took home an additional $10,000 for winning the Barbeque qualifying category, as did the eight other finalists who won their qualifying category:

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Osceola County Historical Society Hosts 24th Annual Pioneer Day November 14

Take a trip into the history of Florida with the 24th Annual Pioneer Day at the Osceola County Historical Society‘s Pioneer Village in Kissimmee on November 14.

Pioneer Day at the Osceola County Historical Society's Pioneer Village

Take a tour through each of the historic buildings and hear the story behind them. Their docents will be dressed the part and are eager to share the history of Osceola County.

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Orlando Dining News Round-up for October 16, 2015: Saint Anejo, Lafayette’s Orlando, Bistro Le Coq au Vin and More

In this week’s dining news round-up, we bring some tasty news about a new Mexican restaurant, new happy hours and lunch/brunch offerings, other new openings, and more…

Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria
Saint Anejo Mexican Kitchen + Tequileria has set November 9 as their soft opening date at their Winter Springs location (5248 Red Bug Lake Rd). The Mercado style demo kitchen will offer a 360 degree view of fresh food being prepared right in front of your eyes.

The food is traditional Mexican, drawing from all the regions of Mexico like street corn from Guanajuato to 24 hour slow roasted XX Equis Carnitas from Michoacán and Habanero Spiked Short Rib from Mexico City.

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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.

Runaway Country logo

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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Out and About: Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo - photo by Kirk Garreans

My family and I attended the last day of the Silver Spurs Rodeo on Sunday afternoon. It had an afternoon starting time, but the arena was packed with families ready to enjoy some good rodeo action.

Silver Spurs Rodeo - photo by Kirk Garreans

 

This was our first time to go to a rodeo, though we had been to a bull riding event before. The bull riding at this rodeo was similar, and a bit scary to watch as the animal is big and doing everything in its power to get the rider off.

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134th Silver Spurs Rodeo Returns to Kissimmee Feb 20-24, 2015

Silver Spurs Rodeo at Silver Spurs Arena

Silver Spurs Rodeo is a family tradition in Kissimmee, and it returns for its 134th edition the weekend of February 20-22.

I recently had the chance to meet some of the people involved with the Silver Spurs Rodeo and tour the Silver Spurs Arena and its rodeo set-up.

Meeting the Rodeo Queens of Silver Spurs Rodeo
Whitney Hopkins- 2014 Miss Silver Spurs, Brighton Mick – 2014 Little Miss Silver Spurs, Sheila Shirah – 2015 Miss Rodeo Florida, and Sarah Taylor – 2014 Junior Miss Congeniality

I met several Rodeo Queens, including Whitney Hopkins – 2014 Miss Silver Spurs, Brighton Mick – 2014 Little Miss Silver Spurs, Sheila Shirah – 2015 Miss Rodeo Florida (who will represent Florida in the Miss Rodeo America Pageant in Las Vegas), and Sarah Taylor – 2014 Junior Miss Congeniality. They all were excited to be representing the rodeo as ambassadors for the sport. Several grew up around the rodeo, so it’s a way of life for them.

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Extreme Sports Resort Planned for Central Florida

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC extreme sports resort mockup

Xero Gravity Action Sports LLC announced this week plans to build a $309 million resort in Osceola County that will feature extreme sports-related amenities to guests.

The project would be anchored by a 250-room Hyatt-flag hotel featuring a rooftop pool/bar, a 2,000-seat amphitheater, swim-up bars and grotto, restaurants, and more. The International Action Sports Hall of Fame would also be located on the grounds.

According to the press release, the extreme sports resort would offer:

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Out and About: KABOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks was Fun for Families

KABOOM! Play Together Tour

This past weekend (September 13-14), the Kissimmee area was visited by KABOOM! Play Together Tour, an event where families gathered to build a stronger bond by completing a series of fun challenges. It was brought to us by Disney Parks and held at Mill Run Park, an adorable place with a wide variety of playground activities for the kids to enjoy every day of the week.

Because the parking for Mill Run Park is rather small, barely enough room for ten cars, and there weren’t any signs for event parking, my fiancé ended up parking our car on the side of the road between the Mill Run and a La Petit Academy. I really didn’t mind because the majority of the walk was shaded by luscious trees and it wasn’t far from where the event was set up. Once we got there, the Disney VoluntEARS were very helpful in getting us to the registration table, which was a breeze to get through since we preregistered. After we signed some paperwork, they gave us karabiners, a small puzzle, and we had our choice of orange or purple reusable water bottles.

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KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks Comes to Kissimmee September 13-14, 2014

KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks

The KaBOOM! Play Together Tour Powered by Disney Parks will allow families to play for free when it comes to Mill Run Park in Kissimmee the weekend of September 13 and 14.

This state-of-the-art, pop-up play course features team-building stations, games that build mental and physical play prowess, and an incredible family-friendly obstacle course. Your entire family will learn how balanced and active play helps children thrive.

Feel free to show your spirit by dressing up as a team. The obstacle course takes about 10 minutes to complete. You’ll enter the course within the one-hour time block you select on your registration. Afterwards, there will be more fun festivities for the whole family.

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Old Town in Kissimmee Offers Free Family Friendly Halloween Scares

Looking for some free family fun for Halloween 2013? Then you’ll want to check out Old Town Halloween Festival of Fright in Kissimmee.

Old Town Halloween Festival of FrightThe event runs select nights in October – 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, and 31 – from 7pm to 11pm. There will be costume contests, live entertainment, roaming characters and more. It also features three “Hauntzones” – Monster Mayhem, Arachnaphobia, and Area 51. A fourth, Legends-A Haunting of Old Town, is available for an additional fee.

All of the Old Town shops, restaurants, and rides will be open, as well. Old Town is located at 5770 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy in Kissimmee.

For complete Halloween details, visit myoldtownusa.com.

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