World's Largest Dude Ranch, The Westgate River Ranch Resort, To Re-Open With 'Red, White & Blue Holiday Celebration,' July 5-6

    ORLANDO, Fla., June 13 /PRNewswire/ --
 
     What     Westgate Resorts will debut their newly-renovated 1,700-acre
              Westgate River Ranch Resort with a Red, White & Blue Holiday
              Celebration featuring two days and evenings of western-themed
              live entertainment and action-packed family activities for the
              public.
 
              Visitors will be able to enjoy entertainment that includes a
              real wild west rodeo, horseback riding, a petting zoo, air show
              starring vintage aircraft from the Warbirds Flying Museum,
              bluegrass bands, gunslinger performances, wild animal shows and
              a western arts and crafts fair. In addition, all of the ranch's
              recreational facilities will be open as well. Active families
              can try out the ranch's trap and skeet range, take in a game of
              miniature golf, go horseback riding or visit the petting zoo.
              Many activities will be available free of charge and there will
              be a nominal charge for others. Tickets to the rodeo will be
              $14.95 per adult and $9.95 for children. The public can obtain
              advance tickets, directions and other information by calling,
              toll-free, 1-800-375-7201 or visiting
              www.westgateriverranch.net.
 
              Throughout the event, western barbeque will be available in the
              East Corral and seafood entrees will be served at Fisherman's
              Cove Restaurant.
 
     When     Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6, 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
 
     Why      The Grand Opening of Westgate River Ranch Resort.  The resort
              was purchased in November 2001, by Orlando-based Westgate
              Resorts, which owns and operates 12 timeshare resort communities
              in the United States. Over 2,500 vacation residences, which will
              include timeshare, whole ownership and private hanger homes on
              the airstrip, are slated for development at the ranch, which is
              being described as "the world's largest dude ranch."
 
     Who      David Siegel, president and CEO, is available to describe
              Westgate River Ranch Resort and its significance to Polk County
              and the time-share industry.
 
     Where    Westgate River Ranch Resort is located off S.R. 60 on the
              Kissimmee River, east of Lake Wales, at 3600 River Ranch Road.
              Easy-to-see directional signing will be posted on S.R. 60 in the
              immediate vicinity of Westgate River Ranch Resort.
 
              Directions from Orlando:  Take Interstate 4 west. Exit at U.S.
              27 and go south.  At. S.R. 60 (Lake Wales exit), make a left and
              head east.  Travel east approximately 25 miles and the ranch
              will be on your right.
 
              Directions from Tampa:  Take S.R. 60 east.  Continue east
              approximately 25 miles past Interstate 4 and the ranch will be
              on your right.
 
              Directions from South Florida:  Take the Florida Turnpike north
              to S.R. 60 (Yeehaw Junction exit).  Travel west approximately 23
              miles and the ranch will be on your left.
 
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SOURCE Westgate Resorts

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