Rob calls his Redland Riot Road Rallye a “mad romp through the countryside.”
Yes, Miami-Dade County has a countryside — and the Redland Riot attracts hundreds of visitors to the oft-forgotten swath of farmland and open spaces in the far southwest corner of the county.
This year’s Redland Riot, a tradition since 1992, kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Participating teams drive from one South Dade landmark to the next in search of clues to answer questions. The race begins at Cauley Square, includes stops at places like Burr’s u-pick berry farm, and ends at Schnebley’s winery in Redland. The team that shows up there with the most correct answers wins a prize “worth less than a million dollars,” as founder Robert Burr likes to say.
Besides being fun, Burr hosts the road rallye every year to showcase Miami-Dade’s dwindling countryside, and inspire people to preserve it. He hopes to do for farmland what the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau did for the world’s deep blue seas.
“A simple lesson I learned from Jacques Cousteau is that people only care to save things that they love, and if people don’t have an awareness about it, they don’t care to save it,” he said.
Registration costs $10. For more information, visit www.redlandriot.com or call 305-439-1376.
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