Special Events

News Release – Cedar Key, Florida

NEW EXHIBIT OPENS October 9  at the Cedar Key Arts Center

Below the Waterline – Observations from a disappearing habitat

Join us at the Cedar Key Arts Center, Saturday, Oct 9, 5-7 pm for the opening of Andy Kane’s photography and mixed media exhibit entitled Below the Waterline. After more than a decade of conducting research on Apalachicola Bay Andy Kane has continued  to be inspired by the beauty and capacity of oysters. Below The Waterline reflects our changing environment, focusing on Apalachicola Bay, where loss of self-sustaining oyster habitat has been a long-standing challenge.  This exhibit provides an opportunity for visitors to learn and share perspectives about what’s not readily seen nor easily understood below the waterline.

This free exhibit is open 10 am – 5 pm daily and will run through November 15. The Cedar Key Arts Center is located upstairs at 457 2nd St in Cedar Key.  Please enter through the Cedar Keyhole Artist Co-op.  For more information about upcoming gallery shows and workshops at the Arts Center go to www.CedarKeyArtsCenter.org.


Mayhem Ranch Fall Festival

Event at Blues Farm

Blues Farm
3250 NE 140th Ave, Williston, FL 32696


Red, White, and Blues Farm

Pumpkins, sunflowers, and family fun!

Come and enjoy a Fall Festival on September 25-26, 2021, and every Friday Saturday, and Sunday in October.  Plus our Pumpkin Destruction Day will be November 6th.  Stay tuned for more details on tickets and activities.

More Special Events:

  1. North Central Florida Peanut Festival 10/2 Williston, FL 
  2. Elephant Appreciation Day Spet. 25-26 
  3. Mayhem Ranch Fall Festival Sept. 24-October 31st Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 12-8 pm, Sunday 12-6pm 

 New Event Coming to Levy County!!

Black Prong Equestrian Village
Zoe Bowden
(352) 565-4540
[email protected]

September 8th, 2021

BLACK PRONG ANNOUNCES CARRIAGE DRIVING EVENT SERIES

Bronson, FL: This fall, Black Prong Equestrian Village (BPEV) will kick off a series of carriage driving competitions recognized by the American Driving Society and organized by Jennifer Matheson. The event series begins November 17th, 2021 and ends with the Finals on March 30th, 2022.  These events, include a Driving Derby series, Combined Driving Events, and the inaugural Black Prong Dressage Festival.

Spectators will be welcome to visit BPEV to watch the action, following American Driving Society covid-19 safety guidelines. Competitors may choose to reside onsite with their horses in one of BPEV’s nine cottages, each with five stalls and a tack room attached. Stabling for horses is also available for those who stay in RVS or campers at BPEV throughout the competition season.

Carriage driving is an equestrian sport which involves a driver seated on a vehicle that is pulled by a single horse, pair, or team of four horses. A Combined Driving Event is a three-day competition that includes three different disciplines: dressage, marathon and cones. Driven Dressage is where the horse and driver team complete a pattern and are judged on precision and quality of movement. Marathon involves an obstacle course which is a test in speed and endurance, and Cones is a test of agility and obedience where the driver carefully navigates between 20 cones. Driving Derby involves an obstacle course that combines marathon and cones and is driven at speed. 

Black Prong Equestrian Village Upcoming Driving Events:

  • November 17, 2021 – Combined Test
  • November 18, 2021 – Driving Derby
  • December 8, 2021 -Combined Test
  • December 9, 2021 – Driving Derby
  • December 29, 2021 – Combined test
  • December 30, 2021 – Driving Derby
  • January 14-16, 2022 – The Nature Coast Combined Driving Event
  • February 11-13, 2022 – Black Prong Dressage Festival
  • February 23, 2022 – Driving Derby
  • March 9, 2022 – Driving Derby 
  • March 18-20, 2022 – The Black Prong Combined Driving Event
  • March 30, 2022 – Black Prong Driving Derby Finals

Event registration information can be found on our website.

BPEV is an elite, five-star agritourism operation designed to offer a home-away-from-home for the competitive equestrian, casual horse lover, cyclist and outdoor enthusiast. Nestled in the Goethe State Forest, BPEV offers access to miles of trails in Florida’s longleaf pine flatwoods to be explored by hiking, biking or horseback.

Nine fully-furnished single bedroom cottages contain full kitchens, full bathrooms, living rooms, washer/dryer units, and screened-in porches. Airstream campers and custom tiny homes offer unique ways to stay. Lodging is available at daily, weekly, and monthly rates for both in-season and off-season times of the year. All Long Term RV Pads have cobblestone pavers inlayed with a cookout area and ample space for your truck and golf cart. All have electric pedestals with 30 & 50 amp full-service hookups. Short Term RV pads are situated on level grass footing and are located near the pavilion and pool area. Black Prong also has stabling for guests’ horses. There are permanent stabling options across the property that are both attached and detached from our cottages. All stalls are 12′ x 12′ and have solid clay bases with mats, sliding stall doors with windows, and a rubber paver aisle way. Large grassy paddocks are included with each stall rental. 

Visit our website to book your next stay!