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Osceola County Cattle Drive and RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Recap

Posted by Kayla Smith and Rachel McIntee on Apr 19, 2017 8:43:20 AM

Cattle has always been an important part of the history of Kissimmee. The streets of downtown Kissimmee were once grass where cattle roamed freely and grazed; effectively providing a mowing service. There is even a well-known story about a cow finding its way into the Kissimmee courthouse! It is only fitting that today we celebrate this history with a cattle drive that begins on the lawn of the courthouse and continues into downtown Kissimmee. This exciting event is the kickoff for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo at Osceola County'sSilver Spurs Rodeo.
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The Osceola County Historical Society(OCHS) had the privilege of setting up a booth during the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo Tailgate Experience  over the weekend, which guests were able to attend free of charge. Live music played while rodeo enthusiasts, young and old, shopped at vendor booths and learned more about the history of Osceola County from the OCHS booth. The Kid Zone was a success. Children were able to ride the mechnical bull, Zip-line, bounce in the bounce house and get thier face painted. 

OCHS Spirit of the Swamp Rodeo Pic.jpgSpirit of the Swamp Airboats plays an active role in the community. They are one of Osceola County Historical Society’s Business Members and a sponsor of the cattle drive, an annual event that made history 3 years ago kicking off the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and has continued to be a hit ever since. OCHS had the pleasure of attending this exciting rodeo on April 6, 2017 as a guest of Spirit of the Swamp. During the opening of the National Patriot Night, the entire audience stood to applaud the men and woman who have served, are currently serving, and even those who will serve in the future for our freedom.  With Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding as just some of the entertainment, there wasn’t a dull moment the whole night. The competition was fierce, and it was exciting to watch the audience as we all counted with the timer to see if the current rider had the best time - after all it is a competition. If you missed this year's RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo I would highly suggest you mark your calendar for next April.


Photo Courtesy: Kayla Smith, Rachel McIntee and Krystal Baize
Video Courtesy: Kayla Smith
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Topics: Osceola County History, Around Osceola County, Cattle Drive, RAM National Rodeo

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