Weekend Planner

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(WCJB)-- Happy Friday everyone!

Around Alachua County, Gator sports are a big part of the fun this weekend. Tonight, the Gator basketball team is playing in the Odome for the teams' home opener. The Gators return from their road trip to Tallahassee to take on Charleston Southern. Tip-off is at 7 pm. Saturday, the football team is back in the Swamp, this time facing off against the South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is just after noon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

In Marion County, you can experience what old Florida was like at Ocali Country Days. The event at the Silver River Museum inside Silver Springs features bluegrass and old time music, sugar cane syrup making, puppet shows, crafts, historical exhibits and re-enactors, and more. You can have some funnel cake while you're there. It's Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm. Meanwhile, Harvest Fest, a music and food truck festival, returns to Ocala Saturday. There'll be two stages of rock, country, bluegrass and folk music. It's 1 to 10 pm Saturday at Tuscawilla Park. Tickets are ten bucks. A donation of non-perishable food for Project Hope is encouraged.

It's a busy weekend over in Citrus County, too. The Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival is both days this weekend. Crafts, live entertainment, a kids zone and plenty of food (especially seafood) are all part of the event. It's Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 9 to 4:30 at the Homosassa Civic Club Festival Grounds. Inverness is hosting the Farm City Festival Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm. The event celebrates the significance that local agriculture plays in our lives. Music, a petting zoo, local produce, butter making and canning are part of the event. It's at the Withlacoochee Technical College on Main Street in Inverness.

Sunday is Veterans Day and a number of places are paying tribute to those who've served our country. Tonight at 7, the Phillips Center in Gainesville is hosting A Musical Salute: Veterans Day Concert. Around 140 members of the Buchholz High School Band and Chorus are performing. Admission is free, while a donation of a non-perishable food item is suggested. Sunday morning, Veterans Memorial Park in Gainesville is home to its own Veterans Day Celebration. Included in the event are military displays and presentations, skydivers, live music, patriotic ceremonies and more.

Enjoy your weekend!