SAINT AUGUSTINE – Three farming families will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 20, during the 59th annual Cracker Day, a day paying tribute to the importance of agriculture in St. Johns County.
Honored this year will be three farming families who go back at least four generations: Wesley Smith, Gene Povia and Fred Parker. They will be honored just prior to the lunch break.
The yearly Cracker Day is described as a day of fun for the whole family, offering horse-riding competition, a variety of food including barbecue prepared by Jerry Stalvey and there will also be a seafood vendor; along with a variety of booths, including those staffed by members of 4-H clubs in the county.
In past years, Florida Cracker cattle and horses have been on display, but to date none will be seen at the 2018 event.
“Florida Cracker Cattle and Horses are described as of moderate size, brought to Florida in the 1500s by the Spanish. And each year, the St. Johns County Cattlemen’s Association pays tribute to both that date back centuries.
Highlights this year include the very popular whip cracking competition. This year’s winner receives a handmade whip.
Horse-riding games include pole bending, clover leaf (barrels), pick-up race, arena race, cowpony races and others. Participation: Lead Line, PeeWee, youth, open. Negative Coggins test required.
Entertainment for kids includes pony rides.
For the horse events, gates open at 7 a.m., with sign-up at 8 a.m., and competition beginning at 9 a.m. The fun continues “until we get through,” says Jones.
Admission is $5 per carload, cash only; and registration to compete in the horse games ranges from $5 to $15.
Available food , in addition to barbecue dinners with all the trimmings, includes hot dogs and hamburgers. The barbecue includes chicken and ribs and pulled pork.
The St. Johns County Fairgrounds is located in Elkton, on State Road 207, sponsored by the St. Johns Cattlemen’s Association.