Cattle ranches, cowboys, rodeos...not what you usually think of in Florida, but all of these are part of the history and culture of Osceola County. Today, these traditions are kept alive for tourists and visitors at the Osceola Heritage Park.
Silver Spurs Rodeo/Spurs Arena
The Silver Spurs Rodeo, today the largest east of the Mississippi, dates back to 1941 with the formation of the Silver Spurs Riding Club. Originally members hosted a small informal rodeo just to enjoy their common interest in horseback riding. By 1950 the popularity of this event had grown so much that the club purchased some land on Highway 192 and built the original Silver Spurs Rodeo Arena.
Over the years this became a major attraction, drawing local residents and thousands of visitors to the annual mid-winter rodeo. The historic arena served the area well, but in need of repair and modernization, it was demolished in 2002. What rose in its place was the new multi-purpose Silver Spurs Arena--a state of the art facility with a 10,500 seat capacity and 12 skyboxes in a climate controlled environment. This new arena, the cornerstone of the new Osceola Heritage Park, was designed to host not only rodeo events, but concerts, sporting events and more.
Osceola County Stadium
Another main attraction at the Osceola Heritage Park is the Osceola County Stadium. This is the venue of choice for a variety of sporting events from umpire schools to adult fantasy camps, and it's host to spring training for the Houston Astros.
The Osceola County Stadium is also home to the National Headquarters for the United States Specialty Sports Association and the USSSA Hall of Fame and Sports Museum. The stadium also hosts more than 16 amateur athletic competitions throughout the year.
The Exhibition Building is a large (almost 48,000 sq.ft.) hall that can be divided into several configurations for conventions, receptions or banquets. The Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show Pavilion with its barn, stalls and pens is host to the Osceola County Fair and other livestock and animal shows. The University of Florida Extension Services Building, at over 5,000 sq. ft., is available for seminars, small functions, banquets and dances.
Located only two blocks from the Florida Turnpike Exit 44 in Kissimmee, Osceola Heritage Park is in a convenient location that is easily accessible. Osceola Catering by SMG is the exclusive food and beverage provider at Osceola Heritage Park. The Catering Sales team will guide you as you go, offering operational and menu advice to ensure a great event. Creative themed weddings are a specialty and will surely impress guests. The chef and culinary team are on hand to create delicious food and attractive plate and buffet displays. Specialty linens and decor are also available to personalize your event.
The below list is just a few of the exciting events you can experience at Osceola Heritage Park. With such a variety of events, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
- Mecum Collector Car Auction
- Battleground Live Professional MMA
- Shriner's Circus. human and animal performers
- USA Gymnastics, Region 8 Level 9 & 10 Regional Championships
- RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo
- Runaway Country Music Fest
- Insane Inflatable 5K
- Osceola County Fair
- Central Florida Native Plant Sale
- Golden Triangle Jewelry Show
- AAU Boys Basketball
- Jamfest Express Nationals
- CCE Florida Finals
- G&LW Wholesale Show
- Exotic Pet Amnesty Day
- Various Local High School Graduations
- Florida Virtual School Talent Show
If You Go:
Osceola Heritage Park
1875 Silver Spur Lane
Kissimmee, FL 34744
- Tickets to Osceola Heritage Park events can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com, on the www.ohpark.com website, or at the Arena Box Office.
- Outside food is not allowed into the Arena or Exhibition Building. Concession stands are located throughout the building.
- Professional cameras and video are not allowed inside the Arena or Exhibition Building.
- Smoking is not permitted in the Arena. Weapons, including lasers, pockets knivfes and wallet chains, and pets are also not allowed.
Edited by Sandra Ketcham