Cows and horses will take over one of Miami-Dade County’s popular parks as the seventh annual Miami International Agriculture Horse and Cattle Show will take place at Ronald Reagan’s Equestrian Center in Tropical Park this weekend.
The event is free and runs Friday through Sunday.
This year the event will be larger than ever, says show manager Robert Cambo.
“The facility has tripled in size,” he says. “It’s great entertainment and fun at a very low cost.”
Commissioner Javier Souto helped spearhead the event seven years ago in an effort to promote the agriculture and horse and cattle industry in the county.
“We are trying to bring more business and high tech stuff in agriculture and horse and cattle business,” he says. “Miami has an important horse industry. This event brings a lot of people to town and a lot of money.”
The agriculture industry brings in about $3 billion to the county and is the second largest industry in the county, Souto says. He expects about 60,000 people in the three-day event, which raises money for the South Florida Autism Charter School, Miami-Dade County’s only charter school for children with autism.
There will be breeders from the United States and South America. In addition, there will be an auction, exhibits and more. Vendors selling food, flowers and plants, and attire will also be available.
For children, there will be arts and crafts and a kids fun zone. It will also feature jousting and sword fighting on horseback by Medieval Times Spectacular Knights, leaping Spanish Andalusian horses.