Happy Friday everyone!
In Ocala, don't be surprised if you see cattle roaming the streets downtown this weekend. Saturday is the day for the annual Cattle Drive and Cowboy Round-Up. The event, presented by the Rotary Clubs of Marion County, begins with a cattle drive at 10 am. It starts on Southeast 8th Street...and the public is encouraged to walk behind the drive as it makes its way to Tuscawilla Park. There you'll find plenty of fun activities with live entertainment, pony and mechanical bull rides, cowboy demonstrations, food, drink and more. It benefits the Discovery Center. The event goes from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday.
It's a good weekend to catch a show indoors in Marion County. The Reilly Arts Center is host for the Dance Alive National Ballet performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The ballet performance of the Shakespeare classic starts tonight at 7:30. Meanwhile, the Ocala Civic Theatre on East Silver Springs Boulevard is featuring its latest production. "She Loves Me" is a musical which revolves around two bickering perfume shop workers who in reality are secret pen pals falling in love. It, and the Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan movie "You've Got Mail", were inspired by the original 1937 play, "Parfumerie". It runs through March 3rd.
There's lots to do in Alachua County, too, this weekend. The Oaks Mall Carnival is up and running in the lot at the mall. The fun ranges from kiddie and thrill rides to carnival games. There'll also be plenty of fair food to be had. It's open until 11 pm tonight, Saturday and Sunday. It's open daily through Monday, February 18th. One exit north up I-75, the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo is having a special event Sunday. Ken and Drew Rock the Zoo features Sister Hazel's Ken Block and Drew Copeland, and other bands, performing in a fundraiser for Santa Fe. There'll also be food trucks, craft beer and more. It's Sunday from 3 to 6 pm.
As for Gator sports, the second ranked gymnastics team returns home to the O'Connell Center. The ladies take on number twelve Auburn in the Link to Pink meet tonight at 6:45. And while the Gator baseball team officially starts its 2019 season next weekend, they will be in action Saturday. They'll be facing 23 former Gators in the Alumni Scrimmage Saturday at 6 pm at McKethan Stadium.
Enjoy your weekend!