35th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off

35th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off

The 35th Annual Marion County Chili Cook-Off is slated for November 5. The cook-off will be held at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion, located at 2232 NE Jacksonville Rd, Ocala, Florida 34470. During that time, the Livestock Pavilion will transform into a festive atmosphere of sensory delight. Warm, spicy aromas blend together calling all hungry spectators […]

Habitat for Humanity to host 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival

Habitat for Humanity to host 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival

Ocala, Florida — Habitat for Humanity will host its 4th Annual Habitat Strawberry Festival event, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017. This is Habitat for Humanity’s signature event. All proceeds will benefit the construction of a new home for a deserving, qualified family. Last year, 30,000 people attended the event. Development Director Joanne […]

Blessed Trinity Carnival has arrived

Blessed Trinity Carnival has arrived

Blessed Trinity School is hosting its 67th annual Carnival, located at 5 Southeast 17th Street, Ocala. This is a family-friendly fundraiser for Blessed Trinity School. The carnival will feature carnival food favorites, an Outdoor Marketplace, raffles, and Dreamland Amusements midway rides games and games for all ages. Unlimited ride wristbands are $30 on Thursday or Sunday, […]

Thrill the World 2016, dancers wanted

Thrill the World 2016, dancers wanted

Ocala, Florida — Thrill The World Ocala is back for its sixth year this October which will take place on Saturday October 15 from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m. This is Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival and you won’t want to miss it and is being sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc. Thrill the […]

2016 Fireworks: 47th annual God and Country Day festival

2016 Fireworks: 47th annual God and Country Day festival

Ocala, Florida — This year will be the 47th annual God and Country Day festival, Marion County’s largest firework show. Activities begin at noon and will continue until the fireworks are over. Take your family and enjoy old fashioned sack races, balloon toss, ceremony of the flags, train rides, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, kid […]

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Marion County residents can take advantage of prediabetes program

Adults living in Marion County who are overweight and diagnosed with prediabetes can take advantage of a program proven to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. National Diabetes Prevention Program classes are offered by Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and are scheduled to start at […]

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race

Ocala, Florida — During the 1st Annual Ocala Amazing Race teams can experience Ocala like never before. At every destination, each team must compete in a series of challenges, and when the tasks are completed at each location,  that team will receive a clue to the next destination. The first team to arrive at each […]

Pet photos with Santa

Pet photos with Santa

Ocala, Florida — Grab the purr-fect or fetching pet photo of the year during Pet Photos with Santa sponsored by UF Pet Emergency Services at Paddock Mall, Marion County’s only climate-controlled family friendly shopping destination. Pet Photos are hosted during regular mall hours and the set gets an extensive cleaning following the event to remove […]

Annual Ocali Country Days Festival

Annual Ocali Country Days Festival

Ocala, Florida — Save the date! The 2015 festival will be on Saturday, November 14th and Sunday, November 15th. Ocali Country Days started in 1995 as a fundraiser for the Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center and has become a very popular annual event. The first three days of the festival are open to […]

Firefighters host annual Holiday Helpers Drive

Firefighters host annual Holiday Helpers Drive

Marion County – For more than 12 years Marion County Fire Rescue firefighters have helped meet the needs of families who are struggling to stay warm and bring joy into their homes during the holiday season. As part of this annual effort, MCFR firefighters are asking the community to partner with their Holiday Helpers Drive […]

32nd Annual Light Up Ocala 2015

32nd Annual Light Up Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — The 32nd Annual Light Up Ocala will take place on Saturday, November 21, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. A wide variety of dancers and entertainers will be performing throughout the evening, including Extensions Dance Studio. Entertainment highlights A “Whoville” themed kids zone at the north stage zone, which incorporates the Brick City […]

Santa arrives at the Paddock Mall this weekend

Santa arrives at the Paddock Mall this weekend

Ocala, Florida — The Paddock Mall, located at 3100 Southwest College Road, Ocala, will usher in the holiday season with Santa’s grand arrival this weekend. Families can get up-close and personal with Santa and ring in the holiday season with treats and crafts in the Food Court, followed-by a parade around the perimeter of the […]

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Halloween Horror Nights actors attacked, some want alcohol ban

Orlando, Florida — Two Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights scare actors have quit and more are expected to follow, after they were attacked by guests. According to a police report filed with the Orlando Police Department, William Nunnally, 28 was arrested on October 21, after he punched an actor, and Karla Rondan-Diaz, 32, was arrested […]

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Lake Weir Kiwanis presents: Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner

Marion County – The Lake Weir Kiwanis Club will be hosting a Trivia Night & Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, November 6, 2015. Kiwanis park is located at 15380 Southeast 140th Avenue Road, Weirsdale. Starting at 6:00 p.m. – Spaghetti dinner (spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink; homemade desserts available for donation). Then, at 7:00 p.m. – Trivia (1st, […]

Mall-O-Ween at the Paddock Mall: Halloween 2015

Mall-O-Ween at the Paddock Mall: Halloween 2015

Ocala, Florida — On Saturday, October 31, 2015, the Paddock Mall is hosting a Boo Bash and Mall-O-Ween mall-wide Trick-or-Treating event. The Boo Bash will be held at 4 p.m., and Mall-O-Ween from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event, located at 3100 Southwest College Road, Ocala, is free to the public. This event is […]

The Ocala Pumpkin Run Fall Festival 2015

The Ocala Pumpkin Run Fall Festival 2015

Ocala, Florida — ‘Horsepower in Horse Country’ returns as Ocala becomes the backdrop for a premier car show and Fall Festival at Castro Farms. The Ocala Pumpkin Run Car Show and Fall Festival will take place on the weekend of October 23 through the 25th, 2015, at Castro Farms, located at 7700 N US Highway […]

Thousands gather at Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Thousands gather at Thrill the World Ocala 2015

Ocala, Florida — The smell of food and excitement filled the air at Downtown Square Ocala on Saturday. Ocala’s Biggest Fall Festival, sponsored by Extensions Dance Studio and Just Entertainment, Inc., attracted approximately 8,000 people. That is 3,000 more people than last year’s estimate. The festival included trick-or-treating, dancing, face painting, games, a haunted house, music, […]

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