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The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea Bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens. Controlling this pest plant is crucial in maintaining the historic beauty of the formal gardens in the park. Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.
All ages are invited to enjoy a day of resource management fun, refreshments and community involvement. Prizes will be given for the largest potato, smallest potato and the most unusually shaped potato, as well as the most golf balls collected. Admission into the park is free to participants and the first 100 volunteers to check-in the day of the event will receive a free t-shirt.
Gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Participants should wear long sleeves and pants, as well as closed-toe shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray and sun screen.
For more information please contact Kristine Kastenbaum at (386) 329-3721 or email Kristine.Kastenbaum@dep.state.fl.us. For more about Ravine Gardens State Park or Florida State Parks visit www.FloridaStateParks.org.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting the 12th Annual Air Potato Rodeo!
- Beck Automotive Group
- Santa Fe Audubon Society
- Bailey's Health and Fitness
- 91.3 HOPE FM
- WPLK 800 AM
- WIYD 1260 AM
- Putnam Community Medical Center
- St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Farm
- Corky Bell's Seafood and Steaks
- Red Train Tours
- Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
- St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum
- Hitchcock's Markets
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Ravine Gardens State Park
Ravine Gardens State Park is a Florida State Park located in historic Palatka, Florida. The park boasts beautiful formal gardens, a natural ravine and 1.8 mile loop for cars, bikes, and pedestrians, an amphitheater, weekly events and more.
Amenities: Pavilions, Meeting Rooms, Auditorium, Playground, Workout Loop, Pond, Hiking, Biking, Wildlife Viewing, Geoseeking, Exhibits, Picnicing, Weddings
For more information visit www.floridastateparks.org/ravinegardens.