NHRA Gatornationals 2019 – 50 Years and Counting

February 8, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

NHRA Gatornationals 2019The NHRA Gatornationals celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a colossal blowout featuring a who’s who from the NHRA’s early days of drag racing. A ‘bucket-list’ event for any devoted drag racing fan – March 14th through the 17th, 2019.

Gainesville Raceway held the first Gatornationals in 1970, less than a year after it opened in 1969. The Gainesville Raceway is one of the NHRA circuit’s fastest tracks, known as a place where records are both regularly set and broken.

NHRA Gatornationals are held each March at the Gainesville Raceway but this year is really going to be something special. The event is the pinnacle of the NHRA Legends Tour, and many iconic figures from the sport’s early days will be on hand. Legends like “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney, Kenny Bernstein, Joe Amato, Ed “The Ace” McCulloch, “The Bounty Hunter” Connie Kalitta, and “Big” Jim Dunn are all expected.

Of course, each race at Gatornationals is a star all on its own.

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Don’t Miss Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019

December 15, 2018 by Corey A Edwards

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019Travel back in time, space, and imagination to a world of knights and wizards at the 33rd annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire! Alachua County Fairgrounds January 26th-27th and February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2019.

Get a taste of fantasy and just a bit of history at Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019. This year’s theme is “Tales of King Arthur,” bringing Camelot and its Round Table of knights to the Alachua County Fairgrounds.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire is 9 stages of live entertainment, including musicians, jugglers, acrobats, belly dancers, and more. You’ll see jousting knights, living chess board battles, and real falconry. There will be wandering performers, games to test your strength, and various push and animal rides.

Hungry? Hoggetowne Medieval Faire offers festival fair fit for a king! Feast upon giant turkey legs, blooming onions, sticky ribs, sweet potato fries, fresh pastries, and more.

The Faire also includes a gigantic medieval marketplace with hundreds of artisans selling their wares. Look for jewelry, hand-blown glassware, wood carvings, medieval clothing. Vendors will also be offering demonstrations of their arts: blacksmithing, glass-blowing, wood carving, weaving, and other hand-skills.

One of the most popular spectacles is the jousting, with two knights in full armor charging each other on horseback. Thrilling! Don’t miss the Royal Procession of King William, Queen Caroline, and their court through Hoggetown’s crowded streets to the jousting field.

Hoggetowne Medieval Faire 2019

January 26th-27th and February 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2019
Saturdays and Sundays: 10am to 6pm – Friday: 9am to 4pm
Alachua County Fairgrounds – 3100 NE 39th Ave, 32609
Visit Hoggetowne Medieval Faire online for schedules, menus, tickets, and more.

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Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast is less than 20 minutes from Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. We’re also only 14 miles from Gainesville Regional Airport and just 20 miles from 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. Book your stay now at Hampton Lake Bed & Breakfast!

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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