Experience the pioneer spirit and rich agricultural history of Florida’s heartland with a cattle drive and jamboree on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch, located at 1215 Roberts Ave W, Immokalee, FL 34142. The event is free with food and drink available for purchase.
The cattle drive starts at 9:30 a.m. along Main Street in Immokalee led by cattle boss Clint Raulerson. The drive is preceded by an honorary procession including dignitaries from the Seminole Tribe of Florida and descendants of the pioneering Brown family. The drive leads to Roberts Ranch, a former farmstead listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operated as a Collier County museum. Activities and entertainment kick off when the cows come home and include storytelling, roping and whip cracking demonstrations, alligator wrestling, traditional food demonstrations, music, craft and food vendors, and so much more. Bring the whole family to the kids’ corral with activities, games, and crafts. A Ranch Rodeo begins at 6:00 p.m. at John Jimmie Memorial Arena following the cattle drive and jamboree.
Due to temporary road closures for the cattle drive, it is recommended that observers are situated by 9:00 a.m. A free shuttle service will be provided to the cattle drive route and back, so bring a lawn chair and enjoy the show!
Come early to support 4-H and the Immokalee Livestock Show with a pancake breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. ($5/person).
The Immokalee Cattle Drive and Jamboree is organized by the Collier County Museums in partnership with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Friends of Collier County Museums, Collier County Parks & Recreation, the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency, and Collier Area Transit.
For more information and a map, visit CollierMuseums.com or call (239) 252-2611.
About Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch: Originally home to cattleman Robert Roberts and his family, this 13-acre historic site and museum provides visitors with a rare opportunity to experience daily working life on a Southwest Florida pioneer homestead and citrus grove from the early 1900s. Exhibits, programs, and fifteen carefully preserved original buildings and features tell the story of the cow hunters, ranchers and pioneer-spirited families who struggled to tame this vast wilderness prairie on the edge of the Big Cypress Swamp.
About Collier County Museums: Collier County Museums offer five locations where you can explore more than a million years of Southwest Florida history: Naples, Everglades City, Immokalee, Naples Depot, and Marco Island. Established in 1978, Collier County Museums are committed to preservation and education, giving you a glimpse of the rich and diverse history of Collier County and Southwest Florida using elaborate exhibits, free education programs and lectures, and free admission at all locations. Each museum offers a different historical focus and an enlightened view into the distant and not-so-distant past that makes Collier County the world-renowned cultural center it is today. For more information, visit www.CollierMuseums.com.