--FREE Things to See & Do included with a Fair Admission Ticket --
Agricultural Activities & Educational Exhibits
1. Ag Hall of Fame Building – Fresh from Florida Exhibits
2. Ag Venture activities:
3. Salute to Ag Tent
4. Baby Farm Animals
5. Blacksmith & Farriers
6. Insect Encounter
7. Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Exhibit:
8. Florida Forest Discovery Center
9. Florida Ranch Rodeo
10. Milking Parlor
11. Open Beef Show
12. Open Boer Goat Show
13. Open Dairy Goat Show
14. Open Dairy Show
15. Open Pigeon Show
16. Open Pygmy Goat Show
17. Open Rabbit and Cavy Show
18. Purebred Poultry Show
19. Steam Engine & Machinery Exhibit
20. Youth Beef Show
21. Youth Boer Goat Show
22. Youth Dairy Goat Show
23. Youth Dairy Show
24. Youth Llama Show
25. Youth Poultry Show
26. Youth Rabbit Show
27. Youth Sheep Show
28. Youth Steer Futurity
29. Youth Swine Show
Cracker Country areas & activities
1. Explore an early country store and learn about the art of the barter.
2. Explore the small two-room Smith House.
3. Get an 1898 school lesson in a one-room school.
4. Grind corn at the Hands-On Farm.
5. Have your early Florida history questions answered by highly trained and talented docents.
6. Learn about 1890’s kitchen gardens.
7. Learn about antique roses and herbs.
8. Learn about chair caning.
9. Learn about early bee keeping in rural Florida.
10. Learn about early Florida food-ways.
11. Learn about Florida Archeology.
12. Learn about old time coiled pottery.
13. Learn about quilting.
14. Learn about rug hooking.
15. Learn about spinning and weaving at the Rural Folklife Area.
16. Learn about telegraphy.
17. Learn about the rare (some are even endangered) breeds of poultry at Cracker Country.
18. Learn how cream was churned into butter.
19. Learn how Florida Crackers got that name.
20. Learn how hams were cured and smoked in early rural Florida
21. Learn how soap was made in early rural Florida.
22. Learn how to weave decorative pieces from cabbage palm leaves.
23. Listen to old time country and bluegrass music.
24. Listen to old time gospel music in the old church.
25. Pick up a copy of the Cracker Country Chronicle.
26. Play with old time folk toys at the Hands-On Farm
27. Print your own post card.
28. See a complete collection of Florida Governor’s oil portraits.
29. See antiques from the late 1800s.
30. See how banjos were made from gourds.
31. See how baskets are hand woven.
32. See how dolls were made from corn shucks.
33. See how food was cooked over an open fire.
34. See old fashion split rail fences.
35. See people dressed as they would have been in 1898 in rural Florida.
36. Tour an early post office, operated by the USPS seven days per week.
37. Tour Okahumpka Train Depot and watch model trains.
38. Tour the boyhood home of Florida’s 25th Governor, Doyle E. Carlton.
39. Tour the Carlton-Woodbury Exhibit Gallery.
40. Try your hand at field work at the Hands-On Farm
41. Wash clothes on a scrub board at the Hands-On Farm.
42. Watch a blacksmith make tools and other useful things.
43. Watch a reproduction log corn crib being built.
44. Watch antique tool demonstrations.
45. Watch corn being milled into meal and grits.
46. Watch cow whips being made.
47. Watch old time printing presses being operated.
48. Watch sugar cane syrup being made.
Equestrian Shows & Competitions
1. All Breed Gaited Horse Show
2. Carriage & Driving Horse Show
3. Draft Horse Pull
4. Draft Horse Show
5. Driving Horses, Ponies and Miniature Horses
6. Equine Encounter
7. Mounted Drill Team Competition
8. Mounted Drill Team Demonstration
9. Mounted Law Enforcement Training & Critique
Florida Craft Exhibits & Demos
1. Antique Display
2. Aquarium Beautiful Show
3. Baking Competition
4. Basket Making
5. Cabot Creamery Cheese Tasting
6. Cake Decorating
7. China Painting
8. Cooking Demonstrations
9. Decorative Art Demonstration
10. Exotic Tropical Fruit Tasting
11. Fine Handcrafted Furniture & Art
12. Food Preservation Competition
13. Hibiscus Flower Show
14. High School All State Art Exposition
15. High School All State Art Portfolio Competition
17. International Wine & Grape Juice Competition
18. Kids Cookie Decorating
19. Lindsay Olive Competition
21. Photography – Youth & Fine Art
22. Reproduction Porcelain Doll Competition
23. Scale Models
24. Sewing Competition & Demonstration
25. Sweepstakes Baking Competition
26. Technology Student Competition
27. Wood Carving & Turning Demonstrations
28. Florida Art & Craft Showcase in the Expo
Hall – this NEW area features more than 60 of
the country’s finest artists and craft people
selling handmade goods. Even if you don’t want
to spend money on buying an item, the displays
are sure to attract your ‘window-shopping’ eye
with the uniqueness and fine craftsmanship.
For more information,
call 813-621-7821 or toll-free 1-800-345-3247.