March madness is almost upon us! Be prepared for a calendar jam packed with so many great activities and events that there just isn't time for you to enjoy them all. For those who have recently relocated or are planning to join our community, here are a few of my favorites I'd like to share:
March 4 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival
Be prepared to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, pie eating contests, car show, and of course lots and lots of strawberries! Festivities occur at the McPherson Complex in Ocala from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. I recommend arriving early if you desire to purchase flats of strawberries. This fundraising event supports Habitat for Humanity's mission to strengthen communities, build hope, and provide dignified housing solutions. Your participation raises funds to build a home for a family in need located here in Ocala / Marion County. You can preorder your strawberry flats here: www.habitatocala.org
March 11-12 Marion County Master Gardeners' Spring Festival
Bring the entire family and learn from the experts at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion from 8 a.m. -5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Sunday. This festival features talks and seminars on all things green, a plethora of vendors for all of your landscaping needs, and even a Kids' Gardening Zone. For more information visit: www.marioncountyfl.org
March 24-25 Southeastern Pro Rodeo
This year's entertainment at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion will include one of favorite acts - John Payne aka "the One Arm Bandit" who maneuvers his horse at top speed with his legs while cracking a bullwhip and herding wild and woolly livestock ON TOP of his trailer (nope that is not a typo). Don't miss the excitement starting at 7:30pm both nights! For a full list of advance ticket outlets (discounted) visit: www.ocalarodeo.com
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Melissa J. Townsend
Our community’s beautiful rolling horse farms, magnificent live oak trees, fresh water springs, and Ocala’s historic downtown called me back to my hometown in 2009. The experience of growing up in Ocala instilled a passion for the arts, architecture, outdoor adventures, and equestrian pursuits. We have so many resources and opportunities right here that allow us to explore all of our interests! I believe there is no better place to live. I fully enjoy assisting visitors and new residents find their “place” in Ocala.