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CRACKER CATTLE DRIVE DETAILS

The Cows Come To Town

Registration Form

 

Friday Cattle Drive Schedule of Events:

 

Camping at Potts Preserve: For those traveling in on Thursday, October 17th:

Make sure you have extra supplies for yourself and your horses for the time periods prior to and following the Drive. All pre-registered participants arriving on Thursday must bring extra food and water for yourself and your livestock. Water is on site for horses; however, there is no electric hook up. The first meal for the drive will be lunch on the trail on Friday, October 18th.

 

Check-in officially opens for all pre-registered cattle drive participants that are registered for the two day ride on Friday, October 18th at 9:00AM at Potts Preserve. You must present a current, negative Coggins for your horse upon arrival at cattle drive. Be on Time! "In the Saddle" time means be ready to ride, not just arriving or saddling up. The Trail Boss needs to have everyone leaving at the same time in order to have an accurate count of those present and a smooth ride. All participants will attend a scheduled “briefing”, as required.

 

Friday Night Cattle Camp: We will assist you in moving your rig or necessary camping items to the Cattle Camp Friday after we arrive and everyone has a chance to settle their horse’s in. There is a $25 meal charge for non-riders (includes Friday night dinner and Saturday continental breakfast only, as the lunches are on the trail). All participants are required to break camp and be prepared to move out at the appointed time on Saturday morning. There will be no “sleeping in”, “catching up”, or “straggling”. A continental breakfast will be served at 7am on Saturday morning -We will leave cattle camp at 8am sharp- We will break and pick up one day riders---- then we will break for lunch on the trail----next, we drive the cattle to town to the Southern Heritage Days Festival at the Historic Hernando School arriving around 2:00pm----We will break and enjoy the festival staying until around 4:30 pm. Once participants’ and cattle are settled in at the festival grounds they will have the treat of local talent and Nashville recording artist, Ryan Weaver, headlining the Southern Heritage Festival concert starting at 3:00PM. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! Once we have completed the cattle drive we again will shuttle riders back to camp to retrieve their trailers and gear.

 

What you will need to bring:

All riders must provide their own feed, hay, water buckets, and any other items you would need when tending to your horse at camp. You will need to be able to secure your horse over night by tying, picketing, panels, etc. Saddle bags will be a plus to carry your lunch and drinks.

 

 

A Spaghetti Western Dinner will be served at 5:30pm, with a Hoedown to Follow:

 

After a long day of moving cattle and eating trail dust, cowboys and cowgirls need to kick up their heels and have a little fun

 at the cracker cow camp with a bon fire, spaghetti western style dinner with all the trimmings, foot stomping music, dancing and entertainment at camp, and much more!

 

Dress for Friday’s Dinner in a spaghetti western fashion for the evening shindig. There will be a prize for the best dressed man and woman.

 

 

 

Saturday Cattle Drive Schedule of Events:

 

Check-in officially opens for all pre-registered cattle drive participants that are registered for the one day ride on Saturday, October 19th at 9:00AM at West side of State Road 200 and corner of C39 (next to Citgo Convenience Store). Ride out by 9:30AM. You must present a current, negative Coggins for your horse upon arrival at cattle drive. Be on Time! "In the Saddle" time means be ready to ride, not just arriving or saddling up. The Trail Boss needs to have everyone leaving at the same time in order to have an accurate count of those present and a smooth ride. All participants will attend a scheduled “briefing”, as required. After picking up one day riders---- we will break for lunch on the trail----next we drive the cattle to town to the Southern Heritage Festival at the Historic Hernando School arriving around 2:00pm----We will break and enjoy the festival staying until around 4:30pm.   Once participants’ and cattle are settled in at the festival grounds they will have the treat of local talent and Nashville recording artist, Ryan Weaver, headlining the Southern Heritage Festival concert starting at 3:00PM. This is an event that you won’t want to miss! Once we have completed the drive we will shuttle riders back to the one-day starting point to retrieve their trailers.

 

 

Our goal is to give a sample of what life was like during open range in Florida and to experience what a cattle drive was like when Florida cowmen rode together and helped one another. We ask that you dress in authentic western wear. (Please no shorts, tennis shoes, mid-drifts, etc.) The more realistic for a historical cattle drive, the better.

 

Some suggestions for Friday's dinner and Saturday's cattle drive western wear:

Cowboys and Cowgirls: Boots, spurs, shoestring tie, vest, cowboy hat, bandanas, chaps, belt buckle.

 

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All proceeds from the Hernando Southern Heritage Days Cattle Drive and Festival benefit the continued restoration and upkeep of the Historic Hernando School. Hernando Heritage Council of the Citrus County Historical Society appreciates your support.

Registration Form


Deadline for sign-up is October 11, 2013

THIS EVENT WILL BE HELD RAIN OR SHINE! DONATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

 

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