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February – March 2024

February 10, 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30

Downtown Lakeland Farmers Curb Market
This vibrant, eclectic market brings the community together every Saturday in Downtown Lakeland with fresh, local produce, live plants, and a variety of hot foods and handcrafted wares. More than 100 vendors line the 200 block of N Kentucky Ave., between Lemon and Oak Streets each week, with live music to enjoy while strolling the market. The Farmer’s Curb Market occurs between the hours of 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Saturday in February and March, as well as the rest of the year, and is a production of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority (LDDA). Learn more at www.downtownfarmerscurbmarket.org.

February 10, 17, 24,
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Grady Goat Yoga Tampa Bay
Every Saturday from 10 – 11:30 a.m., rain or shine, Grady Goat Farm hosts a fun and relaxing yoga class featuring their famous goats. Please plan on arriving between 9:30a and 9:45am to meet some of the goats before class starts – make sure you arrive prior to 10am, as late attenders will not be permitted to enter. Tickets are $39 for each attendee and can be purchased on their website (listed below), via Venmo @gradygoat, or CashApp $GradyGoat. This delightful event benefits Project G.O.A.T. (Global Offensive Against Trafficking), a charity that works to protect children from human trafficking. Grady Goat Farm is located at 12551 Franklin Rd in Thonotosassa. Please bring a yoga mat, and if you do not have one, you can rent one for $3 at the door. Learn more about this incredible farm and all that they do by visiting their website at www.gradygoat.org.

February 10, 17, 24,
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Saturday Night Rodeo

This fun, family-friendly rodeo takes place every Saturday through the end of November from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, located at 3200 River Ranch Blvd in River Ranch. Enjoy the antics of cowpokes and bronco busters as they show off their skills trick riding, bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing, and more. Kids are invited into the rodeo arena toward the end of the night to participate in a real “calf scramble.” Tickets are $32.05 for adults, $26.70 for children ages 5 – 12; children ages 4 and under are free. For more information, please visit www.westgateresorts.com/hotels/florida/river-ranch/westgate-river-ranch-resort/activities/rodeo/.

February 10 and 24, March 9 and 23
Downtown Farmer’s Market in Lake Wales
The Lake Wales Downtown Farmer’s Market is sponsored by Lake Wales Main Street and takes place every second and fourth Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 20 N Market St. in Lake Wales. This producer-only market specializes in locally grown, pesticide-free produce and plants, baked goods, local honey, Florida grove pepper sauces, cheeses, award-winning BBQ sauces and rubs, homemade jams and jellies, natural pet treats, plus a ton of crafts, clothing, and jewelry. For more information, you can contact Lynn Greenfield at 863-676-8782 or visit www.lwmainstreet.com/farmers-market.

February 16-17
Ribs on the Ridge BBQ Competition
This is the 16th year of the popular BBQ contest at Lake Eva Park. Professional and amateur teams will compete for cash prizes, trophies, and bragging rights while visitors taste their tempting offerings. Presented by the Florida BBQ Association and Haines City Leisure Services Department at 555 Ledwith Ave in Haines City from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, including how to register for the competition, visit www.hainescity.com/191/Ribs-on-the-Ridge or call 863-421-3700.

February 17
Orange Blossom Festival & Classic Car Show
Celebrate the most fragrant fruit flower with the city of Frostproof at the 22nd annual Orange Blossom Festival, a free event located in downtown Frostproof. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., food trucks, vendors, and children’s activities and more will line East and West Wall Street in downtown. For more information please call the Chamber Office ( 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. M-F) at 863 635-9112 or email info@frostproofchamberofcommerce.com.

February 17
Gone Country for kidsPACK
Help ensure that no child goes hungry in Polk County even when school is out by supporting kidsPACK. This 11th annual Gone Country event will help homeless and/or food insecure students throughout Polk and Highlands county, and takes place on February 17 from 6 – 10 p.m. at White Horse Ranch, located at 5718 Yates Rd in Lakeland. Learn more by visiting their website at www.kidspack.org or by calling 1-800-598-7871.

February 17
Polk County Cattlemen’s Ranch Rodeo & Trade Show
Visit with exhibitors and watch ranch teams compete in calf branding, double mugging, team sorting, wild cow milking, colt riding, senior sorting, and a kids boot scramble. This is the 19th year for the rodeo and is free to all Polk County Cattlemen’s Association members. $10 admission to trade show and ranch rodeo. $8 for veterans. Children younger than 8 are free. Trade show starts at 10 a.m. Ranch rodeo begins at 1 p.m. Polk County Agricultural Center, located at1702 Hwy 17 S. in Bartow. For more information, please feel free to contact Bridget Stice at (863) 588-2697.

February 21-24
31st Annual Antique Flywheel Engine & Tractor Show
This is a great opportunity to view antique engines and tractors up close as the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club welcomes the public to view well-preserved examples of historic farm vehicles, antique construction equipment and sawmill demonstrations, as well as a flea market and antique village.. The gates will be open at 7000 Avon Park Cutoff Rd in Fort Meade from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Daily parades take place at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For complete details, visit www.floridaflywheelers.org/events/.

February 21
Fresh Fruit Displays
UF/IFAS will have this season’s fruits displayed along with information on all the latest developments by the UF/IFAS breeding programs available for growers, packers, processors, nurseries, marketers, and other interested parties. Let your voice be heard by the researchers from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Ben Hill Griffin, Jr. Citrus Hall at UF/IFAS CREC, located at 700 Experiment Station Rd in Lake Alfred. No pre-registration is necessary.

February 23 – 25
Jeepin’ With Judd
Polk County’s Sheriff Grady Judd invites Jeep owners to register for a phenomenally fun weekend of trail riding and obstacle course navigation for $200 per vehicle for the weekend. Spectators are welcome to come out for free to see what all the buzz is about. Little ones will love the Power Wheels trail, and everyone will enjoy the food trucks and vendors who will be on site at Clear Springs Ranch, located on Cox Rd in Bartow. Don’t forget to purchase some raffle tickets while you’re there, as all proceeds will go to benefit Polk Sheriff’s Charities, Inc. You can find complete details at www.jeepinwithjudd.com.

February 24
Plantae-palooza Garden Festival & Plant Sale
Check out the exotic edibles from Sow Exotic plus orchids, bromeliads, ferns, ornamentals, and more from local vendors who will be present to supply you with all you need to create a lush, verdant landscape. Expert horticulturists will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have at the free event taking place from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Hollis Garden, 702 E Orange St in Lakeland. You can find more details online at www.lakelandgov.net/events/plantae-palooza-garden-festival-plant-sale/.

February 29 – March 10
Florida Strawberry Festival
Celebrate the luscious fruit that has made Plant City the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World at this beloved annual fair. There will be plenty of vendors, agricultural exhibitors, midway games, thrilling carnival rides, headliner musical performances, and lots and lots of strawberry treats. Just follow the crowds to 303 BerryFest Place in Plant City. For more information and to purchase tickets to the festival and to the concerts, please go to www.flstrawberryfestival.com.

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