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Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of Florida Cattle Ranching Exhibit Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting


of Florida Cattle Ranching Exhibit during


National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention The Florida State Fairgrounds is the site of a new exhibit


titled “Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradi- tion.” The Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting was held on February 4th in conjunction with the National Cattle- men’s Beef Association Convention which was held in Tampa. The exhibit was open for this year’s State Fair and


tells the story of one of Florida’s oldest and most important cultural activities which has flourished in the hands of the Seminoles, Crackers, and other Floridians. Today, ranching is an essential economic activity. The exhibit traces cattle ranching from its early begin-


nings in Colonial Florida through present-day. Topics in- clude Colonial Florida, Seminole cattle ranching, Cracker cowboys, cow dogs, auctions, oral traditions, rodeos, and material culture. The 2,400 square foot exhibit includes artifacts, archival photos, art work by cowboy artists, cow- boy poetry, audio and video components, and more than 120 graphic images. The Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation created the exhibit,


which will be housed at the Florida State Fairgrounds long term.


The State Fair also featured a special exhibit produced by the Florida Department of Agri- culture and Consumer Services titled “Viva 500”.


Viewing the exhibit here are (left to right) Dan West, Federation President; Danny Rauler- son, FDACS; and Tom Umiker, Hillsborough County Fair.


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