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April 13, 2014

Madison holding annual Down Home Days

MADISON, Fla. — For years, the Down Home Days festival and parade has been one of the largest events in Madison, Fla. It’s that time of year again for the annual celebration and the town has made some big plans.

This year’s festival is being held Thursday-Saturday April 17-19, with events taking place throughout the afternoon Thursday and Friday and all day Saturday.

Festivities on Thursday include the dessert bake off, barbecue cook off and pet contest in the gazebo.

On Friday afternoon beginning at 6 p.m. will be the annual Becky’s Dance Steps Studios street dance. The street dance will be held at the south end of the Courthouse on Pinckney Street.

In addition to watching Becky’s dancers, at 6 p.m. attendees will also be able to meet the Dreadknots from History Channel’s Axmen. The Dreadknots will be signing autographs and doing meet and greets.

At 6:30 p.m. Rick Lane will present his Horse Ministries. He will talk about how his wild horse was tamed after years of rebellion.

The dessert bake off tasting and the Citizen of the Year naming will also be held on Friday.

One of the newest Down Home Days events is the rodeo. On Friday afternoon, residents will have the chance to watch local and national cowboys and cowgirls perform. Gates will open at 6 p.m., with entertainment from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The rodeo itself will start at 8 p.m. and is held at Lanier Field, located behind O’Neals restaurant.

Tickets are $12 for adults ages 13+, kids from 5-12 years old are $5 and children under 4 years old are free.

During the rodeo, spectators can see bull riding, calf roping, bareback riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing, team roping, a calf scramble, pony rides and much more.

Events will be held all day on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. with the annual parade. Following the parade there will be a classic car show and a jeep show. There will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, the annual frog hop, bounce houses, a petting zoo and plenty of delicious treats to enjoy.

There will also be a Colin Kelly fitness run on Saturday.

To get more information about Down Home Days or to sign up for any of the events, please visit www.madisonfl.org and select the Down Home Days section.

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