Miami-Dade County's annual "Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show" (MIACS) is back for its fourth year at Tropical Park from March 18-20, 2011. Residents young and old are invited to attend this free three-day event, which attracts visitors from 22 countries and had over 50,000 patrons last year. The 2011 MIACS will be held at the Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center inside Tropical Park; admission and parking are free.
The annual event is the brainchild of Commissioner Javier D. Souto, who saw potential in Miami-Dade County's agricultural industry and wanted to expand its reach to other breeders and farmers throughout the world. The MIACS is a mix of a cattle auction, equestrian and cattle shows, and musical entertainment. Although only in its fourth year, the MIACS has received international recognition in the Brahman cattle circuit and is one of only a handful of shows in Florida officially sanctioned by the American Brahman Breeders Association as a point show.
"While I always work to make the event a success, I could never have imagined that the Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show would be so incredibly well-received by national and international cattle circuits alike," said Commissioner Souto. "We are growing even more in our fourth year, adding breeds, activities, and shows to keep guests entertained and informed about South Florida's vast agricultural industry."
Chairman Joe A. Martinez has also shown his support as one of the event's major sponsors. "As Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, I welcome all the national and international visitors to our community," said Chairman Martinez. "Florida is an agriculture state and the agriculture industry employs more than 20,000 people and produces more than $2.7 billion in economic impact each year for Miami-Dade County. I am proud to support this important family event for our community."
The 2011 MIACS will feature a Brahman cattle breed show and a Brangus cattle breed show, as well as an exhibition of Senepol breed cattle. An international cattle auction will be simulcast live via the internet on Friday evening following the VIP cocktail reception and press conference. The auction will feature genetic material and animals from some of the top cattle breeders in the nation. According to Commissioner Souto, there will be delegations of VIPs from ABCZ Brazil (Associação Brasileira dos Criadores de Zebu), the Brazilian Zebu/Brahman Breeders Association, which is the largest and most important cattle organization in the world.
Local equestrian organizations and horse clubs will demonstrate their horse breeds and diverse cultural equestrian traditions from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Breeds from Colombia, Peru, and Nicaragua, as well as the Majestic dancing Spanish Andalusian breed and American Quarter horse will be on display. A professional polo exhibition match will be featured on Saturday evening. New highlights for this year include an equestrian trail, where children will be able to see blacksmiths fitting horses with horseshoes, craftsmen making saddles and leather wear, artists painting horse portraits, and more. Also new to the show is Stallion Alley, with an exhibition and sale of some of the finest pure breed horse Stallions in South Florida.
Another treat for this year's show will be the Medieval Times Spectacular, direct from Orlando, Florida. The show will transport audiences to 11th century Spain, where they will see knights compete in jousting and sword fighting tournaments on horseback. Families will be amazed by the display of classic equestrian skills and medieval pageantry. This will be the first time the Medieval Times Spectacular has ever come to perform in Miami. In addition, Mr. Jose Lopez of Bilbao, Spain, CEO for Medieval Times, will be traveling to Miami for the show. Medieval Times constructed their first castle in Majorca, Spain in 1973 and since then have built eight medieval Spanish castles throughout the United States in California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia and their first in Kissimmee, Florida.
Children will enjoy the cowboy horseback rifle and revolver shooting skills contest, cattle herding exhibition, petting zoo of farm animals, and pony rides.
Attendees can enjoy dancing to live music throughout the weekend, including Cuban salsa star Carlos Oliva & the Judge's Nephews, LWT - All Stars Band with salsa & charanga dance music, Corn Country Band, bluegrass music, a Caribbean steel band, Mariela Palencia, and Colombian artist Andrea Farfan, who will launch her new CD at the show.
All proceeds derived from the concessions at the 2011 Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show will once again directly benefit the free education of children afflicted with autism through the South Florida Autism Charter Schools, which last year raised almost $100,000 thanks to the community's generosity. "Although there is no admission charge for this three-day family event, I ask the public to show their appreciation with a contribution to the teachers, parents, students and families of the South Florida Autism Charter School who will be collecting donations at the entrance and after every show," said Commissioner Souto.
The event schedule and auction videos can be found online at the Miami International Agriculture & Cattle Show's web page: http://miacs.info/horse-page.html. For additional information, contact Commissioner Souto's office at 305-222-2116.
Schedule of Events
Tropical Park - Ronald Reagan Equestrian Center
7900 SW 40 Street
Friday, March 18, 2011
6:00 PM Opening Ceremony/Press Conference/Reception
Photo Opportunity with the Knights of the Medieval Times Show
Music by 18 member troupe of Medieval Style Spanish Minstrels/Troubadours
7:00 PM Magic City Sale/Cattle Auction
Saturday, March 19, 2010
9:00 AM International Brangus/Red Brangus Breeders Association Beef Cattle Show
11:00 AM American Brahman Breeders Association Sanctioned Beef Cattle Show
3:00 PM Homestead Posse, Flag Ceremony & Drill Team
3:30 PM Medieval Times Spectacular
3:30 P.M Mariela Palencia - Latin Music - Cumbias, Merengue and More
4:30 PM Launch of Andrea Farfan's - Colombian Music Star - latest CD
4:45 PM Club Hipico Nicaraguence, Multi-Breed Show
5:30 PM LWT - All Stars Band - Caribbean & Latin Music; Salsa, Charanga, Dance Music
5:45 PM Colombian Paso Show - Club Don Danilo De Amazonia
6:30 PM Carlos Oliva & the Judge's Nephews - Cuban Recording Artist - Latin Dance Music
6:45 PM Peruvian Paso Show
7:15 PM Arena Polo Match/Exhibition
Sunday, March 20, 2011
11:45 AM South Florida Trail Riders Association Cowboy Rifle & Handgun Horseback Shooting
12:00 PM Corn Country Band/Blue Grass Music
1:00 PM Macuba - Cuban Folk Music
1:00 PM Medieval Times Spectacular
2:15 PM P.R.E. Andalusian Show
3:00 PM Florida Paso Fino Association Horse Show
3:00 PM Candontes Del Sur - Uruguayan Folk Music
4:00 PM 21st Century Steel Band
4:00 PM Medieval Times Spectacular
5:00 PM Conjunto Tipico Cubano
5:15 P.M. Reining Show
6:00 P.M. South Florida Horse Assoc. Breeds Parade
12:00 - 6:00 PM Cutting Show & Team Penning (Cattle Herding) Uncovered Arena