Happy Friday everyone!
Cowboys and cowgirls, you might want to head to Ocala for some weekend family fun. Saturday is the day for the annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up. The cattle drive starts downtown on Southeast 8th Street. You can actually walk behind the cattle drive as it makes its way to Tuscawilla Park. There you can expect live entertainment, cowboy demonstrations, gun fighting re-enactments, pony rides and a lot more. You can get a drink or something to eat there, too. The event starts at 10 am and goes until 4 Saturday afternoon.
It's a pretty good weekend for Gator sports. The Gator gymnasts are back in the Odome for their sixth meet of the 2018 season. The fifth ranked Gators are back to take on number nine Alabama. The meet begins at 6:45 this evening. Meanwhile, over at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, the preseason number five Gator lacrosse team starts its 2018 campaign, facing number 17 Colorado. The Gators look to continue their winning ways, coming off a 2017 record of 17-3. The action begins at noon Sunday.
It's also an entertaining weekend back indoors at UF. 600 Highwaymen continues its audience interactive theatre production tonight and Saturday at the Squitieri Studio Theatre. For something a bit different, the University Auditorium is host to Jake Shimabukuro. He's a Hawaiian born ukulele virtuoso known for his energetic playing style. That's tonight at 7:30. Sunday, The Okee Dokee Brothers perform at the Phillips Center at 2 pm. The Grammy winning folk and roots music duo specializes in music for kids.
Black History Month is being celebrated this weekend with a special concert Sunday at Bo Diddley Plaza. Renowned trumpet player Longineu Parsons starts the event off with his group, playing a mix of blues, jazz and funk. Billy Buchanan & his Rock 'n Soul Revue are next, playing a number of hit songs from Ray Charles, James Brown, Little Richard and more. The music starts Sunday at 2 pm.
Finally, last but not least, the Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating its latest exhibit, The Scoop on Poop! The unique event features a 'Bag the Poo' relay race, whale poop Jenga, a composting demo and more. And GRU will have demonstrations on "What goes down the toilet". I am not kidding. It's Saturday from 10 to 3.
Enjoy your weekend!