The stampede is back! The 2012 Miami International Agriculture & Cattle show returns April 13-15
The stampede returns from April 13-15 as Miami-Dade County hosts the 5th Annual Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show (MIACS) at Tropical Park’s Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40th Street (Bird Road exit at Palmetto Expressway or Florida Turnpike). The event, which attracts 60,000 visitors a year from over 24 countries, features a cattle auction, equestrian shows, and local agriculture vendors.
Photo caption: Equestrian shows are a highlight of MIACS, with numerous handlers displaying horses’ acrobatic abilities
Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier D. Souto created this show to promote Miami’s agricultural industry. After partnering with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the event expanded dramatically over the years, making Miami-Dade an international gateway in agri-business between Florida, the southeastern U.S., and Latin America. In its fifth year, representatives from over 24 countries such as Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Panama, and Guatemala attend MIACS. In addition, cattle breeders from over 18 states, including Florida, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Missouri, have exhibited over a dozen breeds of cattle at the show. The Florida Cattlemen’s Association awarded MIACS status as one of five Premier Point Shows in Florida, and the event has also been sanctioned for three years by the American Brahman Breeders Association as a point show.
This year’s theme pays homage to the wild mustang. There will be wild mustangs on display, sponsored by the South Florida Mustang Club, including over 100 collector mustangs.
Shows will be from be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission and parking is free. All food and beverage concessions will directly benefit of the South Florida Autism Charter School, which provides tuition-free specialized education for children with autism. Tax-deductible donations will also be accepted at the event to support the school. In the past two years, the generosity of the South Florida community and show sponsors has helped raise more than $250,000 to help children afflicted with severe autism.
Guests can expect a variety of entertaining shows throughout the weekend. The Medieval Times Spectacular from Kissimmee will be returning this year with three bigger and more amazing shows on Saturday and Sunday as 11th century knights joust and sword fight on horseback. Equestrian shows will be top-notch. Families can witness majestic Andalusian and Arabian horses perform acrobatic feats. A number of colorful equestrian folkloric performances from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean will be included, such as Mexican mounted charros and a flamenco performance by a children’s dance school. There will also be a professional polo exhibition match and horses playing team soccer.
In addition, the South Florida Trail Riders will be re-creating an old-fashioned western shootout. Children will have an opportunity to witness real cowboys on American Quarter Horses herding cattle and competing in steer separation skills contests. Young girls will compete in barrel racing. Kids will also love the Farmville experience, where they will have an opportunity to see and hold a variety of farm animals. Parents can even purchase bunnies, chicks, ducklings, goslings, poults, young goats and much more. Blacksmiths will be on hand fitting horses with horseshoes; craftsmen will be making saddles and leatherwear and artists will be painting on site.
Photo caption: Families can expect to get up close and personal with different farm animals during the three-day event.
Attendees can enjoy live music of all varieties: country, blue grass, reggae, punto guajiro, Brazilian jazz music, Mexican mariachis, folkloric music from Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, and Nicaragua, and Cuban Son.
While there is much showmanship and entertainment at the two-day event, MIACS also showcases agri-business with horse and cattle breeders from throughout the world participating in the Magic City Cattle Auction and the Magic City Horse Auction of embryos, genetic material and live animals from the top cattle and horse breeders in the United States. South Dade farmers and growers will be selling ornamental plants and fresh produce to the public. The Dade County Farm Bureau, Florida Farm Bureau, U.S. Department of Agriculture & University of Florida IFAS will have agricultural and horticultural educational displays and provide advice and clinics on plant grafting, control of pests, and more.
For more information, visit www.miamicattleshow.com.