Happy Friday everyone! An interesting mix of things to do this weekend....from football....to holiday celebrations.
For 30 years, "Light Up Ocala" has been getting thousands of people in the holiday spirit. Saturday, the event returns to downtown Ocala with a variety of fun activities for the family. There'll be three stages of entertainment for the event... at the downtown square, on North Magnolia Avenue and Citizens Circle. In addition to music, there'll be a "Whoville" themed kids zone, the Junior Sunshine Christmas Parade, and a visit by Santa. The highlight will be the lighting of downtown and the 42 foot Christmas tree. Light Up Ocala festivities run from 4 to 9 pm Saturday. Check out the skating rink while you're there. Website
Between Gainesville and Ocala, the small community of Cross Creek is having a celebration of its own. The Cross Creek Festival is an annual event that benefits the Cross Creek, Island Grove and Lochloosa Volunteer Fire Departments. If you get there early you can have a sausage pancake sandwich to start your day. You can sample other food there (like gator bites, for example). There'll also be horseshoe and baking contests, and arts & crafts. The Cross Creek Festival goes from 9 to 4 Saturday at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Park on Highway 325 in Cross Creek. Website
Meanwhile, over near the Gulf coast, the Yankeetown Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival is this weekend. This is the 32nd year the Inglis-Yankeetown Lions Club has hosted the festival. Always on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the event features plenty of entertainment, unique arts and crafts.... and food, especially seafood. The festival runs from 9 to 5 Saturday and Sunday on Riverside Drive in the heart of Yankeetown. Website
If it's Gator sports you're interested in, the volleyball team faces off against LSU Friday night at 7 in the O'Connell Center. The football team is back home Saturday, taking on Georgia Southern at The Swamp. Kickoff is just after 2 pm. Website
One last note. High Springs is celebrating the beginning of the holiday season Friday night. They're having their tree lighting festivities starting at 6 near the railroad tracks downtown. Website
Enjoy your weekend! Mike Potter, TV20 News.