Thursday, March 31, 2011

Discover the Past: Spring Community Social at Cracker Country

April 2, 2011

10-4

Come celebrate the change in the seasons at our 1890s gathering filled with history and fun. Kids can test their skills, and maybe win a ribbon, in 19th century contests like sack racing, hoop rolling and ring tossing. Win prizes in our period guessing games. Lend your muscle to household and farm chores, including making 100 feet of rope and churning butter. All while wandering through our original rural homes & structures.

This Florida history can be relived for an exceptional value. Adult admission tickets are $ 7.00 each; students six to twelve years old and senior citizens tickets are $ 6.00 each. Children five and under are admitted free. Parking is free for this event when visitors enter the Fairgrounds via the Orient Road entrance. For more information visit our website www.crackercountry.org or call us at 813-627-4225.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Spring school tours starting today!

14 schools will be visiting Cracker Country today, ready to be immersed in the sights, textures, sounds, tastes, and smells of the past.

Each group is led by a museum docent dressed in 1890s period clothing. Tours stop in the Blacksmith Shop, where they watch a blacksmith at work, learn about his trade, and help him with a few projects. At the Carlton House, students learn about the history of the Carlton family and then churn and taste their own butter! Candle-making, rope-making, and laundry are also part of the days lesson plan, along with several other activities.


2010-2011 School Tours General Information

Cost: $6 per student. One adult is admitted free with every 10 students; additional adults are $6 each.

Minimum: The minimum number of people for this program is 10 paid guests (or $60). If your group has less than 10 people, you can still participate; however, your cost for the tour is $60.

Length: The tour is 2.5 hours, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dates Offered: Spring Tours are offered Tuesday—Friday, March 8—May 6

If you have any further questions, please contact Jennifer Becker, Program Supervisor, at 813-627-4225 or Jennifer.Becker@freshfromflorida.com.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Come visit us on Saturday March 5th

Discover the Past at Cracker Country
March 5th
10am-4pm

Use your senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch to relive early rural Florida at your own pace. Tour our historic buildings and sites, taste and churn butter, and view our model train display.

Visit us on March 5th & 19th for our special Make and Take Days!

Make and Take Days allow visitors to make and learn about toys and crafts from rural Florida’s history. As you travel through the museum, craft areas will be set up welcoming visitors to relive history through craft.

Crafts include: paper doll cutouts, button spinners, homemade hoop and stick catchers, weaving, rope twisting, candle dipping, and printing on our late 19th-century printing press.

Okahumpka Depot
This program is an exceptional value, too! An adult admission ticket is $7.00 each; students six to twelve years old and senior citizens' tickets are $6.00 each. Children five and under are admitted free. Parking is free for this event when visitors enter the Fairgrounds via the Orient Road entrance.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Last day of the fair!

Happy Presidents Day! It’s the last day of the Fair, and we open at 9AM today. If you’re a student, it's your lucky day— students from age 12 through 12th grade get in the gate for $6, and students age 6-11 get in for $5! It’s also Pepsi armband day—bring in a Pepsi can and get $5 off an armband! Then make your way over to Cracker Country!

At 1PM, Fiddle Duet will be performing in the church, and the Pleasant Family Old Time String Band will be on Center Stage throughout the day. Come see them one last time!

Susan Riley from the USPS will be back in the Post Office today. It’s your last chance to mail a letter with a special Cracker Country cancellation!
Don’t forget to pick up some tasty kettle corn, smoked meat, and lemonade while you’re here!

Other activities today: Antique Tool Demonstration, Bee Keeping and Honey, Bench making, Blacksmithing, Building a Log Corn Crib, Chair Caning, Corn Grinding, Corn Husk Dolls, Decoy Carving, Flax Processing, Felting, Heirloom Roses and Herbs, Lye Soap Making & Appalachian-Style Pottery, Newspaper Printing, Palm Frond Weaving, Pine Needle Basket Making, Open Fire Cooking, Quilting, Spinning and Weaving, Whip Making, Wooden Bowls and Spoons, Woodworking/Birdhouses

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Last weekend at Cracker Country!

At 1:30PM today, Dulcimer Connection will be playing old-time country and fiddle tunes in the church. The Sweeney Family Band will be on Center Stage throughout the day.

Today is the last day to see: Gourd Banjo Making, Brooms & Corn Shuck Mops, Cooking Swamp Cabbage, and Cane Syrup Making

Susan Riley from the USPS will NOT be running the Post Office today, but she will be here for the last day of the fair tomorrow!

Other activities today: Antique Tool Demonstration, Bee Keeping and Honey, Blacksmithing, Building a Log Corn Crib, Chair Caning, Corn Grinding, Corn Husk Dolls, Decoy Carving, Flax Processing, Felting, Heirloom Roses and Herbs, Lye Soap Making & Appalachian-Style Pottery, Newspaper Printing, Palm Frond Weaving, Pine Needle Basket Making, Open Fire Cooking, Quilting, Spinning and Weaving, Whip Making, Wooden Bowls and Spoons, Woodworking/Birdhouse