The Battle of Okeechobee returns


 

OKEECHOBEE — It’s that time again. The Battle of Okeechobee, of the Second Seminole War, will be re-enacted in Okeechobee County on Saturday, Feb. 23, and Sunday, Feb. 24, at Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park, 3500 S.E. 38th Ave.

We are pleased and excited to announce that Seminole recording artist Rita Youngman will be performing. Also performing will be Ricky Pittman, who will once again be joining us from Texas with 1800s Irish folk music. Come and experience living history, enjoy and be captivated by alligator demonstrations and pow wow dancing. There will also be raffle drawings for Seminole clothing donated by Moses Osceola, owner of Seminole Boutique. This is just a sampling of all that will be available for this fun-filled family day.

Also, at the upcoming event, time period Federal and Seminole artifacts will be on display.

The Okeechobee Battlefield Friends Inc. are coordinating the upcoming event. Gates will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, and battle re-enactments will also be held both days: Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 per car. Seating is limited; it is recommended to bring your own chair.

This historic battle, fought on Christmas Day 1837, was the largest and fiercest battle of the Second Seminole War. A talented cast of reenactors will portray fierce Indian warriors such as the great Indian war leaders Abiaca, Coacoochee, Halleck-Tustenuggee and Alligator. Some of these great warriors are portrayed by their descendants. As the drama unfolds, it depicts how the Seminoles, greatly outnumbered, battled the massive militia and U.S. Army troops led by Col. Zachary (later President) Taylor and Col. Richard Gentry of the Missouri Volunteers. The dramatic battle will be narrated by author and historian John Missall.

Once again, experience Seminole and other artisans, Seminole clothing raffles, pow wow dancing, period vendors and exhibits, Seminole Indian food, living history, cannon demonstrations, alligator demonstrations, children’s horse rides, music, fun, food and more. Come and enjoy a fun-filled family day.

This event is sponsored by many agencies, organizations and individuals. Please call 863-610-2333 or 863-763-8667 for further information or visit okeechobeebattlefield.com or Facebook: Battle of Okeechobee.

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