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  • Microbrewery continues the moonshine tradition. Page 11B

    Flagler Spirits

    Matanzas celebrates Palm Coasts diversity.

    MULTI-CULTURALSee Page 6B.

    Laying tile, building spring memories. Page 4B

    HABITAT

    www.PalmCoastObserver.com THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011

    Neighborhood BUSINeSS CaLeNDaR CLaSSIFIeDS eVeNTS ReaL eSTaTe TRaVeL WeaTHeR

    crack the whip

    56th Cracker Day steers in thousandsFlagler County Cracker Day has moved

    from what is now the Flagler County Air-port to the Strickland familys property in Favorita. In 1972, the event finally found its permanent home at the Flagler Coun-ty Fairgrounds. In the past, the annual rodeo has been

    canceled because its members have gone to fight in World War II, and the date has been changed because it conflicted with the annual University of Florida versus University of Georgia football game.This year, the 56th-annual Flagler

    County Cracker Day held Saturday, March 26, drew a crowd of 2,500 people.

    I think people got everything that they came out for, said Pat Cody, of the Flagler County Cattlemens Association. They got to see cowboys taking the bulls back, cracking the whip, and I think they really liked that.Every year, Cracker Day is dedicated to

    a Flagler County resident. This year, the rodeo was dedicated to Michael Budgey Durrance.Durrance has been a Flagler County

    resident for 59 years and raised cattle in the Hammock before moving to Haw Creek. He has two sons and three grand-children.Cracker Day is held every third Satur-

    day of March.

    By Shanna Fortier | Staff Writer

    Junior Bull Riding Rodney PadgettSenior Bull Riding The BullBuddy Pick-up Kacie Burk and Dana Charles Christa Hancock and Austin Coffman Lynne Taylor and Emy Woods Brandy Greenwood and Amira Kennedy Ilana Shimmer and Kaitlyn Bennett Kaitlyn McCabe and John Hawrying Dustin Dyson and Tim DysonBarrels Katie PalmerSteer Saddlin Dylan Prine, Wyatt Saey, Trae Coatts and Kevin MillerChute Doggin Raymond MiddletonSack Race Amber Marry and George Taylor

    FIRST-PLACE RODEO WINNERS

    Photos by Shanna Fortier

    Trae Coates attempts to hang on Saturday, March 26, during the senior bull-riding contest.

    Cousins Casey Jaeger and Bryson Holmes watch as their siblings get ready to ride at Cracker Day.

    Ashley Mullins, 2010 Cracker Day Queen, and Casey Jaeger.

    Cracker Day has been a Flagler County tradition for the last 56 years.

    Rough Rider Queen Amanda Farmer leads the flag in the opening ceremony. Chet Peck serves a barbecue lunch.Austin and James Ziegler

    Rick Adams, Trisha Bullock and Jennifer Jenkins

    Jessica Stevens prepares to ride in the opening ceremony.