Category Archives: Attractions and Events

Celebrate Spring at the 2018 Carson Springs Spring Safari!

March 16, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

2018 Carson Springs Spring Safari at Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, FLCelebrate spring with over 70 different exotic animals at Carson Springs Spring Safari, April 14th, 2018! Tours, warthog races, big cat feedings, great, local food trucks, and more!

If you like animals, you owe it to yourself to visit Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, Fl.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is a popular, North Central Florida exotic animal refuge housing over 70 rescued animals. Lions, caracals, hyenas, tortoise, cheetahs, rhinos, warthogs, foxes, and many others.

Unlike a zoo, the animals housed at Carson Springs enjoy thoughtful, spacious, and more natural enclosures. Consequently, visitors to Carson Springs are greeted by a collection of happy, active, and bright-eyed animals.

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation opened in 2003 with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate exotic and native animals. The facility prides itself in going above and beyond the minimum housing standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Along with the large, clean, enclosures, the animals also receive carefully monitored, individually tailored diets.

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Here Comes Bradford County Strawberry Festival 2018!

March 9, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

The Bradford County Strawberry Festival 2018Come kick off spring at Bradford County Strawberry Festival 2018! This popular, North Central Florida event is a two-day street festival with great food and fun for everyone – April 7th and 8th in Starke, FL!

Every spring, for the last 20 years, historic, downtown Starke transforms into the Bradford County Strawberry Festival grounds. Bradford Berry and his little buddies, the strawberries of the Bradford County strawberry harvest, come out in force to greet and celebrate with the 12,000+ residents and visitors who attend each year.

The festival celebrates Bradford County’s annual strawberry harvest. Bradford County produces a large amount of the delicious fruit and the festival is our way of giving thanks for the bountiful harvest. Our strawberries are considered especially tasty in these parts, though we may be a touch biased.

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Take A Hike – at Gainesville’s Sweetwater Wetlands Park!

February 23, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Sweetwater Wetlands ParkSweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, Fl is more than 125 acres of man-made wetland habitat. Designed to improve water quality and act as a wildlife preserve, the park has since become one of North Central Florida’s best birding areas!

Not too long ago, we told you about the amazing wildlife and scenery to be found at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Well, one the reasons Paynes Prairie Preserve is so pristine is due to Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

Prior to the creation of Sweetwater Wetlands, the area’s water quality was beginning to suffer. Further, ranchers in the 1930s dug a ditch to drain part of Paynes Prairie in order to expand grazing areas. The ditch they dug fed directly to Alachua Sink and dehydrated more than 1,300 acres of prairie wetlands.

Over the decades, the Alachua Sink, which directly connects to the Floridan Aquifer, built up an excess of nitrogen from all the urban runoff and wastewater. Soon, it was clear something must be done to reverse this damage.

The solution was the Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration Project. The project’s mission was to reinvigorate the natural water filtration via the restoration of wetland habitat along the northern rim of Paynes Prairie. At the same time, they created an environmentally friendly park, filled with plants and animals: Sweetwater Wetlands Park!

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Don’t Miss the 2018 NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway!

February 9, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

NHRA Gatornationals 2018One of the North Central Florida’s official first signs of spring is just around the corner: the 2018 NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway are scheduled for March 15th to the 17th, 2018!

2018 sees the 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. This traditional, East Coast opener has drawn fans and the world’s best drag racers alike to Gainesville for almost half a century!

And why not?

Who can resist NHRA professional level competition? We are talking 10,000-horsepower, nitro-fueled Top Fuel Dragster and Funny Car classes. We’ll also see 200-mph Pro Stock category. Gatornationals is also season opener for the Mello Yello Series Pro Stock Motorcycle and J&A Service Pro Mod categories.

If you like the spectacle fire-breathing, metal machines hurtling down the strip, you don’t want to miss the 2018 NHRA Gatornationals!

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Discover North Central Florida’s Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum!

January 29, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Wings of Dreams Aviation MuseumWings of Dreams Aviation Museum, at Keystone Heights Airport in Starke, FL, is an aviation enthusiast’s wonderland of historic aircraft, space program artifacts, and military vehicles. Anyone with a fascination for aviation or military vehicles should visit Wings of Dreams!

The varied collection at Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum often surprises visitors. Finding a collection of vintage military vehicles and planes is one thing. Add in space program artifacts, various uniforms, and a host of exhibits and you might think you were at a much larger museum.

In fact, Wings of Dreams has been so successful in its collections that they’re planning a larger facility to accommodate them all. The multi-phase construction plan includes an aircraft restoration facility, along with a library, gift shop, restaurant, and more.

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Step Back In Time At Dudley Farm Historic State Park

January 22, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkDudley Farm is both a Historic State Park and a working farm in North Central Florida. The 1880’s homestead includes original buildings and staff in period clothing demonstrating the evolution of Florida farming.

The Dudley family moved from Charleston, SC to North Central Florida in the mid-1800s, establishing what we know today as Dudley Farm. In reality, Dudley “farm” was a significant crossroads community. 18 buildings were constructed on the 640-acre property between the 1880s and 1945, including a general store and post office.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park retains 325 of these original 640 acres. The many buildings found here are restored, not recreated. Along with the expected farmhouse, stables, and barns, Dudley Farm also boasted a kitchen outbuilding. Other unique structures on the site include a canning house, a syrup house and mill, dairy shed, and a tobacco barn.

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Explore North Florida’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

December 22, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State ParkNorth Flordia’s San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is more than just a great place to hike, bike, and horseback riding. The park is the site of a historic Spanish mission, limestone sinkholes, and one of the few remaining mature forests in Florida.

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park is well known for its hiking and mountain biking opportunities. In fact, the park’s 30 miles of bike trails have made it one of Florida’s top mountain biking destinations. But that’s just one tiny aspect of this amazing North Florida park.

What many visitors may not realize is that the park has a long and fascinating history – from the ground up!

San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park’s unique karst geology riddles the area with hundreds of limestone pools and sinkholes. Nearby Warren’s Cave provides a dry look under the earth while all the park’s known stone pockets serve as drainage.

This unique karst topography of hills, valleys, and limestone outcrops provides ideal conditions for many species of trees and plants that you’ll not find any farther south. Bobcats, white-tailed deer, gray foxes, turkeys, and a variety of songbirds make the park their home. It’s a wonderful place to see and photograph wildlife and wildflowers.

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It’s Time For Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2018

December 15, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2018Don’t miss the 32nd annual return of one of North Florida’s most beloved traditions. Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2018 will be at the Alachua County Fairgrounds January 27th-28th and February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018.

The theme of Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2018 is “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” This year’s events will feature a living chess match between Robin Hood and his Merry Men against Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire offers. 9 stages and a host of wandering performers. Jousting knights, jugglers, falconers, magicians, musicians, belly dancers, and more. Follow the day’s scheduled entertainment or simply play it by ear and enjoy the sights and sounds as they come.

There’s certainly no need to worry about going hungry. Hoggetowne Medieval Faire offers a variety of hearty, medieval themed eats designed to keep you going. Blooming onions, fresh-baked pastries, sweet potato fries, and succulent ribs to mention just a few delectables. Wandering about whilst munching away on a giant turkey leg is practically de rigueur.

And don’t forget the Medieval Marketplace –

Hundreds of artisans come to Hoggetowne Medieval Faire each year to sell their best handcrafted items. Metal craft, wood carvings, glass work, beads, crystals, costumery, wall hangings, candles, and much much more.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire

Alachua County Fairgrounds
3100 NE 39th Ave, 32609
January 27th-28th and February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, 2018
Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 6pm – Friday: 9am to 5pm

If you arrive before they open the faire, you’re in for a special treat. Guests who arrive early will be greeted by a gathering of performers, actors, and characters. All admission on Friday, February 2 is at a reduced price, and individuals with disabilities are admitted free. Tickets to Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2018 are available at the gate and at local Gator Domino’s locations.

Be sure to visit the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire website for schedules, food court menus, vendor lists, and more.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire Lodging
Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast is less than 20 minutes’ drive from Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. In fact, we’re only 14 miles from Gainesville Regional Airport and just 20 miles from the UF Gators and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium!

Our contemporary, North Florida B&B is located along the shores of a natural cypress lake. Come enjoy 180 feet of waterfront as just another of the perks at our Florida lakefront inn.

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Discover Florida’s Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park

November 24, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Camp Blanding MuseumCamp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park, in Starke, FL, is a fascinating military museum complete with monuments, exhibits, and military vehicles from all eras and conflicts.

Camp Blanding is a historic and still active North Florida National Guard installation bustling with activity and troops. Just outside the main gate, however, in a 1940s-era guest barracks, resides Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park.

Camp Blanding Museum traces the history of both Camp Blanding and the Florida National Guard. The two-story building is surrounded by massive armaments from World War II. These include an M3 Half-Track, and an M16 Half-Track, and an M4 Sherman Tank. Wow!

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Living The Wildlife At Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

November 17, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Living The Wildlife At Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkPaynes Prairie Preserve State Park is an unusual Florida State park chock full of amazing wildlife like alligators, bison, and some 300 species of birds!

People come to Florida for lots of reasons but one of the top reasons given is our amazing wildlife. The state is home to a colorful array of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, and others. Getting out and seeing some of our state’s unique inhabitants up close in their natural habitat is a truly worthwhile experience.

Paynes Prairie Preserve is as interesting as many of our wild neighbors – and a great place to get out and see them! The park is biologically, geologically, and historically unique.

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Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural History

October 23, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThe Florida Museum of Natural History is celebrating their centennial with a very special exhibit showcasing some of the museum’s most unique, fascinating, and treasured objects. “Rare, Beautiful & Fascinating: 100 Years @FloridaMuseum” is a must see event – September 23rd, 2017 to January 7th, 2018.

The Florida Museum of Natural History is always worth a visit, as we’ve noted before but for the 100th Anniversary, they’ve really pulled all the stops out. Though the museum dates back to the late 1890s, it didn’t move to Gainesville until 1917. This anniversary celebrates that move, the accomplishments of the last century, and looks forward to the next 100 years.

The museum has been contemplating how to celebrate the centennial for many years. They finally decided on an exhibit of the museum’s finest work from the last 100 years. That sounds simple enough but, with a museum as large and as old as this, how do you choose?

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The 36th Annual Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show

October 13, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show 2017Get set for the 36th annual Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show! Art, live music and entertainment, food, and more! November 11th and 12th, 2017 in Gainesville , FL.

Gainesville’s annual Downtown Festival & Art Show transforms downtown Gainesville for two days into an outdoor art gallery. 240 of the nation’s most talented artists display their original works for appreciation and sale. Oil, acrylic, and vibrant watercolor paintings, sculpture in a variety of mediums, ceramics, fiber art, photography, and more.

Gainesville is recognized as north central Florida’s cultural center and the Gainesville Downtown Festival & Art Show is one of the top, juried fine art shows in the nation. The area’s most talented artists apply to compete for $20,000 in cash prizes and awards.

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Sample Local Craft Beers On A Gainesville Brewery Tour

September 22, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Enjoy a Gainesville Brewery Tour!The local craft beer scene is really hopping (no pun intended) and one of the best ways to discover it is on a Gainesville brewery tour!

The craft beer craze has taken the nation by storm over the last decade and Florida is no exception. Craft breweries are popping up all over the place with excellent and unique local beers on tap. While many local brewers bottle and keg their beers for outside consumption, one of the best ways to sample a beer is at the brewery.

While not all craft breweries offer tours, most do and they are almost always worth your while. Learning about the brewing process, meeting the brewmaster, and seeing the brewery adds personal value to any beer. Brewmasters tend to love to talk about their beers and you can learn fascinating things about their particular process. There is more than one way to brew a beer and many craft brewers love to experiment.

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You’ll Have A Blast At M2 Battlesports Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag!

August 28, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

M2 Battlesports in Waldo, FLM2 Battlesports is a state of the art laser tag facility that offers military-grade, battlefield simulation, mission-based game play near Starke, FL.

Who doesn’t remember playing cops and robbers as a kid? Running around the neighborhood, yelling “bang!” and generally having a great time? You can still have that same kind of fun as an adult at places like M2 Battlesports Tactical Outdoor Laser Tag.

M2 Battlesports offers a variety of combat simulation experiences similar to paintball and airsoft. With laser tag, however, you can avoid all the the mess and potential pain associated with airsoft and paintball. Plus you don’t need all that bulky, hot protective clothing to play. You also don’t have to worry about someone cheating by wiping off the paint or ignoring hits.

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Waldo’s Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea Market

July 24, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Waldo's Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea MarketIf you enjoy antiquing and fresh farm to table food, then you’ll love Waldo’s Antique Village, Farmers Market, and Flea Market. It’s the largest market of its kind in North Central Florida!

Waldo’s Antique Village is a huge mall filled with quality antiques and collectibles. And when I say huge, I mean huge. 20,000 square feet and two stories of shopping opportunities. Believe me, those two stories hold a huge selection of items. You’ll see jewelry, curios, furnishings, apparel, art, and so much more.

If you’re looking for something more modern and less antiquey, check out the Waldo Flea Market, which is part of the Antique Village complex. This “old fashioned flea market” is open every Saturday and Sunday and boasts over 900 dealers!

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Get Revved Up For the 11th Annual Starke Bike Fest 2017

July 14, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Starke Bike Fest 2017If you like sunshine, motorcycles, live music, and old-time fun, then you do not want to miss the Starke Bike Fest 2017! The 11th annual return of this beloved, North Florida motorcycle event is scheduled for August 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2017!

The annual Starke Bike Fest promises old school biker fun, city-wide. It is a free rally put together by bikers and the merchants of downtown Starke, FL. Starke has a long history of being welcoming to bikers and the annual bike festival simply seals the deal.

Each year there are many exciting things to do, see, and be a part of. Live music, great food, fun rides, parades, contests and games make up much of the weekend. While the full schedule for this year’s Bike Fest has yet to be released, a great many of the details have been solidified.

Events already scheduled for 2017 include a bike show, swap meet, burn outs, jello wrestling, bike wash, wet t-shirt contest, and a poker run. A pancake breakfast honoring veterans is on the schedule. They’ll also have the opportunity to collect a free BBQ lunch during the festival.

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Swing Through the Trees on a Florida Zipline Adventure!

June 23, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Cable Junction Florida Zipline Adventure ParkYou’ll fly through the air with the greatest of ease at Cable Junction Zipline Adventures. Conquer ropes courses, gain confidence and have a blast at the newest North Florida zipline adventure park!

North Florida is loaded with great things to do and see. Hey – it’s Florida! That being said, it’s still exciting when something different pops up in the area and now we have a new Florida zipline adventure park!

If you’ve never experienced a zipline, you’re in for a real treat. Ziplining manages to combine many of the best aspects of mountaineering, tree climbing, and flying. The sport provides the combined thrill of elevation and speed while remaining quite safe.

Ziplines have existed for a lot longer than many people know. They’ve been around at least since the 1700’s, if you can believe it – and some say evidence exists that the sport goes back even farther still.

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See The World’s Largest Bat House – The University of Florida Bat House

June 5, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

University of Florida Bat HouseThe world’s largest occupied bat houses hold hundreds of thousands of the flying mammals – and they’re located in Gainesville, FL! Come see them at the University of Florida Bat House!

Bats have a bit of a image issue, it’s true. People think of them as filthy, disease-ridden, blood-sucking little monsters of the night. In fact, 70% of bats eat insects alone, serving as an excellent form of pest control. Many bats are also pollinators, like bees, helping crops to thrive. Interactions with humans have been over-hyped and are much more frightening for the little bats than the big person!

Unfortunately, like so many of nature’s creatures, bats are having a harder time finding safe habitat. Disease and encroachment have displaced and decimated many bat colonies across the globe. If only there were more bat houses like the ones at University of Florida!

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Come Meet The Animals at Single Vision Wildlife Sanctuary!

May 22, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Single Vision Wildlife SanctuaryLions, Tigers, and Bears: alright! When you visit Single Vision Wildlife Sanctuary in Melrose, FL you’ll be face to face with lions, tigers, bears, and much more!

At a normal zoo, you may see a tiger or it’s cubs but they’re often waaaaaay over there beyond a moat. At Single Vision, you are up close and personal with many of the animals. For many, it is the closest you’ll ever come to an such a big, exotic animal.

Single Vision is a wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the conservation of endangered species. A big part of their mission is educating the public about our planet’s endangered ecosystems. One way to do that is to let people get close enough to these big animals to look them in the eye and – maybe – gain compassionate insight. If you already have it, so much the better your experience!

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Visit Another World at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

May 13, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, FLTwo or three steps into Kanapaha Botanical Gardens and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a different world. An amazing and beautiful world of incredible plants, flowers, bridges, waterfalls, and bamboo forests.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens, the largest herb garden in the Southeast, and so much more. The gardens were named after nearby Lake Kanapaha, which was once home to a Timucuan Indian village. “Kanapaha” comes from the Timucua words for “palmetto leaf” and “house,” referring to the thatched dwellings the Timucua lived in.

The 62-acre facility contains 24 major collections gathered into a variety of different gardens. There is a Cycad Garden, a Ginger Garden, Water Gardens, Hummingbird Garden, Rock Garden, and more. In fact, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens is home to Florida’s largest public bamboo gardens as well as the largest herb garden in the Southeast!

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Explore The Florida Museum of Natural History

April 28, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

The Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThere are always a ton of fun and fresh things to do in Northern Florida. One attraction in the Starke area that seems to have something for everyone is The Florida Museum of Natural History.

The Florida Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Florida campus, treats visitors to a variety of permanent and rotating exhibits. The museum contains more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, including one of the world’s largest collections of butterflies and moths.

In a bit of synchronicity, one of the most popular attractions at the museum is the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit.

The Butterfly Rainforest contains upwards of 80 different species of live moths and butterflies. The exhibit contains around 1,000 live moths and butterflies in an enclosed, outdoor space attached to the museum. Plants, landscaping and flowing water cause the exhibit to seamlessly mimic rainforest habitat. The space also contains a variety of other live creatures, including fish and turtles. A variety of Indoor Butterfly Exhibits further bring this fascinating group of insects to life.

The Butterfly Rainforest qualifies as a must-see for anyone visiting the museum or even just the area!

The museum’s internationally acclaimed fossil collection is another big attraction. Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land utilizes this collection to illustrate the last 65 million years of Florida’s natural history.

Other permanent exhibits include:

Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife – This exhibit follows the path taken by Florida’s most precious resource — water – as it flows from northwest Florida down to the Gulf of Mexico.

South Florida People & Environments – Discover South Florida estuaries and the societies they have supported throughout history. Particularly fascinating is the history of the Calusa, who once ruled all of South Florida.

Exploring Our World – This exhibit celebrates the history of the Museum and world-class collections through images, discovery drawers, and video. The exhibit also highlights current studies and research projects at the University of Florida.

The museum always has a number of traveling or rotating exhibits, as well as hosting events throughout the year. The grounds around the museum include a Fossil Plant Garden and a Florida Wildflower & Butterfly Garden.

General Admission to The Florida Museum of Natural History is free. There is a cover charge for admission to featured exhibits and the Butterfly Rainforest. The museum is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

The Florida Museum of Natural History

University of Florida, 3215 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611
Open year ’round, 7 days a week. 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, 1 pm to 5 pm Sundays.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.
See what’s happening right now at the museum by visiting The Florida Museum of Natural History website!

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Get Wild At Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation!

April 14, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in Gainesville, FlCarson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation is an exotic animal refuge in Gainesville, Florida. Take a tour of their facility and meet more than 70 different exotic animals all in one amazing place!

Christine and Barry Janks founded the Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation in 2003. Their mission was a simple one: they wanted to house and rehabilitate abandoned, abused, and/or endangered exotic and native animals. Further, they hoped to help educate their visitors about these wonderful animals and the role they play.

From the looks of things, it would seem they succeeded!

Carson Springs Wildlife Conservation Foundation currently houses over 70 animals representing 25 different species. Unlike many facilities, here they go above and beyond the minimum standards set by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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2017 Florida State Sporting Clays Championship Tournament

March 20, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

2017 Florida State Sporting Clays Championship TournamentThis year’s Florida State Sporting Clays Championship Tournament is being held at Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm, in Graham, FL on April 6th through the 9th, 2017.

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm had to compete with all the other sporting clay ranges in the state for the honor of hosting this year’s tournament. No doubt their two, fully automated, 14-station, sporting clays courses played a major role in the choice.

Sporting clays, also known as shooting skeet, began in England, but quickly moved to the United States. The pastime is one of the fastest-growing shooting sports in the country. The small, fragile sporting clays, or clay pigeons, are designed to mimic gamebirds. Some have likened the sport to golf because of the golf carts often used between stations. Golf … with shotguns.

Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm offers a variety of both tower and ground level presentations. These help to make their sporting clay course challenging and fun whether you’re shooting for recreation or in a tournament. The range even has two covered and lighted 5-stands with remote controls.

This year’s Florida State Sporting Clays Championship Tournament contains a number of different events. Along with the standard 200 Target Main Event, the tournament will also feature a 5-Stand Event, a Preliminary 100 Target event, a Sub-Gauge event, and a FITASC event. The Sub-Gauge event allows for .410’s, 28 gauge, 20 gauge, and 12 gauge shotguns.

2017 Florida State Sporting Clays Championship Tournament Schedule

Thursday, April 6th
8am to 4:30pm – Registration
8am to 4:30pm – Warm-Ups
9am to 4:30pm – Preliminary Event (North)
9am to 3:30pm – Sub Gauge & 12 Ga Event
8:30am to 4:30pm – Games

Friday, April 7th
7:30am to 5pm – Registration
7am to 10am – Breakfast
8am to 5pm – Warm-Ups
9am to 4:30pm – Preliminary Event (West)
9am to 5pm – FITASC (100 targets)
9am to 4:30pm – 5-Stand Event
8:30am to 5pm – Games
9am to 3:30pm – Sub Gauge & 12 Ga. Event
11am to 2pm – Lunch

Saturday, April 8th
7:30am to 2pm – Registration
7am to 10am – Breakfast
8am to 5pm – Warm-Ups
8:30am to 5pm – Games
9am to 4:30pm – Main Event
8:30am to 5pm – FITASC (50 targets)
9am to 4:30pm – 5-Stand Event
9am to 3:30pm – Sub Gauge & 12 Ga Event
11am to 2pm – Lunch
4:30pm to 5:30pm – Shoot-offs for Prelim & Sub-gauge
6pm – Dinner and Awards
Prelim Shoot-off after dinner

Sunday, April 9th, 2017
7am to 10am – Breakfast
8am to 2:30pm – Warm-Ups
9am to 4pm – Main Event (2nd 100 targets)
8:30am to 4pm – FITASC Event (50 targets)
9am to 3pm – 5-Stand Event
9am to 3:30pm – Super Sporting East Course 9:00AM – 3:30PM
8am to 4pm – Games 8:30AM – 4:00PM
11am to 2pm – Lunch
4:30pm – Refreshments and Awards

Florida State Sporting Clays Championship Tournament

April 6, 7, 8, & 9, 2017
Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm
11394 SW 106th Ave, Graham, FL 32042
View this pdf from Bradford Sportsmen’s Farm for registration and more details.

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Sink Your Teeth Into The Bradford County Strawberry Festival 2017

March 10, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Bradford County Strawberry Festival 2017Come celebrate the flavors and colors of spring at the Bradford County Strawberry Festival! April 8th and 9th, 2017 in downtown Starke, FL.

Spring! Who can deny the season’s warm and friendly embrace? It is contagious! What better way to express your happiness at the end of winter than with a lively street fair? The annual Bradford County Strawberry Festival fits the bill with its celebration of one of everyone’s favorite sweet, juicy berries – the strawberry!

Bradford County is known for its strawberry harvest: the “sweetest strawberries this side of heaven.” Strawberries are so popular, it is estimated that your average American eats three-and-a-half pounds of them a year! Bradford county’s annual strawberry festival is one way of saying thanks for the harvest and deliciousness of this amazing and beautiful little fruit.

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Discover Florida’s Devil’s Millhopper Geological State Park!

February 27, 2017 by Corey A Edwards

Devil's Millhopper Geological State ParkDevil’s Millhopper Geological State Park is a 120 feet deep, prehistoric, limestone sinkhole containing a miniature rain forest and fossils of extinct animals.

There’s a gigantic, funnel-shaped hole in the ground just two miles northwest of Gainesville, Florida. This natural wonder measures an astonishing 500 feet across, 120 feet deep, and a circumference of almost a half-mile! This is the Devil’s Millhopper, a limestone sinkhole that has yielded fossilized shark teeth, seashells, and extinct land animals.

The Devil’s Millhopper is one of only two geological state parks in Florida. Prior to that lofty designation, it was described in a number of colorful ways. As the name suggests, there are many weird, old stories about this sinkhole. Native Americans, explorers, and settlers have all held their own, unsettling beliefs about the hole.

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