By: Taylor Magill
If you’re from the South like I am, you know how much we love outdoor festivals. Give us live music, great food, a chili cook off, and activities for the kids, and we’re entertained for hours. The Old Florida Outdoor Festival in Apopka, Florida is no exception.
Designed to highlight the joys of outdoor life, The Old Florida Outdoor Festival will feature birding, fishing, hunting, shooting sports, Highwaymen art, kids activities, a local farmer’s market, backyard chili cook-off, DockDogs, and Florida Barbecue Association’s BBQ cook-off for hours of daytime fun. Then when the sunsets, festival goers can enjoy national country artists like Lonestar and Gary Allan, performing concerts at the Northwest Recreation Center’s Amphitheater. Click here to view the entire concert schedule.
Fishing and hunting pavilion
Stop by the Fishing & Hunting Pavilion at Old Florida Outdoor Festival, where you’ll find a number of outdoor products, meet with folks from conservation clubs, hunting camps and the like. Classes will be available from local captains & area experts on offshore & inshore fishing, gator hunting, and lady angling. In the Kid’s Pavilion, “hook” up with Teen Sport Fishing Association where kids can learn to cast.
Shoot Straight Exhibitions
Hunters and shotgun sportsmen will have the opportunity to see various trick shooting displays at Old Florida Outdoor Festival, brought to you by Shoot Straight. See Beretta’s Travis Mears and Benelli’s Tim Bradley put on shows as they put their shooting skills on exhibition. Meet with Shoot Straight staff and local gun reps, located west of the Amphitheater.
National DockDogs Competition
Competitive jumping and retrieving dogs from around the country will gather at Old Florida Outdoor Festival to compete in a National Dock Dogs competition. The competition will take place on display Saturday and Sunday of the event. Four competitions will take place: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve, and Iron Dog, which are competitions open to any dog, 6 months or older. DockDogs uses ESPN GIS technology to judge these dogs. Dogs will jump off of a dock, constructed temporarily at Northwest Recreation Complex, into an above ground pool for the contests. DockDogs has been featured on the Outdoor Network, ABC, and ESPN. Visit www.dockdogs.com to register in advance.
Wildlife and Conservation Pavilion
The CARE Foundation, an Apopka non-profit group providing a sanctuary for animals of all kinds, will be on site with educational seminars, as well as photo opportunities with their Florida Panther, spider monkey, alligators, birds and more.
Avian Reconditioning Center, a care facility for birds of prey, will have various birds of prey on site for display, including bald eagles. Falconers from ARC will also host Harris Hawk flyings on Saturday and Sunday of the Festival. The pavilion will feature hawks, pythons, panthers, tortoises, alligators, bald eagles, spider monkeys, and more.
Florida Landscape and Wildlife art
The Old Florida Outdoor Festival art pavilion will feature wildlife and native Florida landscapes, as well as decoys and knife crafters. The crowd will get to choose their favorite artists’ work in the People’s Choice Art Awards.
Popular with Outdoor enthusiast Floridians and out-of-towners alike, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss!
The Old Florida Outdoor Festival will be February 8-10, 2013 in Apopka, Florida at Apopka Amphitheater. For more information go to www.oldfloridaoutdoorfestival.com or call (407) 703-1809.