Want to keep the boat ramps open? Keep boats at least 50 feet apart on the water

FLORIDA — Boaters who want to keep enjoying time on the water are advised to make sure they follow the state’s rules for “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Last week Palm Beach County closed some county boat ramps because of mass gatherings on sand bars. If boaters on Florida’s freshwater […]

“How ’bout them cowgirls?” Girl power shines at Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo

OKEECHOBEE – Eight-year-old Juliana Martin held fast to a sheep for 4.3 seconds to win the Mutton Bustin’ competition at Saturday’s performance of the Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo. Juliana was all smiles as she accepted the belt buckle prize. It was her second year to compete in the Mutton Bustin’ event. Another female contestant in Saturday’s […]

Parade canceled; Speckled Perch Festival and rodeo still on track

OKEECHOBEE — The Speckled Perch Festival parade and Okeechobee Cattlemen’s cattle drive, both planned for Saturday morning in downtown Okeechobee, have been canceled, according to news shared online Thursday night. Around 10 p.m. on March 12, Okeechobee Main Street shared the following message on their Facebook page: “The Speckled Perch parade is canceled per the […]

Kendall Rucks comes back to rock Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — For most people, Christmas dinner is a time to spend with family and eat good food. For Kendall Rucks, it presented the opportunity of a lifetime. Her uncle had heard about the Destination Okeechobee contest put on by the Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival (OMF) and thought she should make a go of […]

Music fans learn and share at Participation Row

OKEECHOBEE — Visitors to the Okeechobee Music Festival had a chance to learn more about local nonprofit organizations at booths on the festival’s Participation Row. OMF 2020 took place Thursday through Sunday, March 5-8, in Sunshine Grove in northeast Okeechobee County. The festival fans seemed more engaged this year, said Jonathan Bean of Martha’s House […]

Festival & rodeo this weekend

OKEECHOBEE – This weekend brings the annual Speckled Perch Festival and the Okeechobee Cowtown Rodeo. Okeechobee Main Street welcomes everyone to the Speckled Perch Festival in Flagler Park in downtown Okeechobee on Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15. The festival began in 1965 as a community fish fry. Modern festivals can no longer serve […]

Okeechobee County Fair opens March 17

OKEECHOBEE — Carnival rides, Eudora Farms petting zoo, Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean action adventure show, a Power Wheels demolition derby, helicopter rides, the Pork Chop Review, Extreme Illusions and Escapes, and Horses, Horses, Horses will be featured at the 2020 Okeechobee County Fair, March 17-22 at the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, 4601 SR 710. Fair […]

Coronavirus won’t stop Golden Dragons

BELLE GLADE — The Golden Dragons Acrobats will perform as planned at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center, 1977 S.W. College Drive in Belle Glade, on March 26 at 7 p.m. “We’ve had some calls about the Golden Dragons in regard to if they’re still coming or not. With them being Chinese acrobats, people are […]

2020 Clewiston Sugar festival canceled

CLEWISTON – The Clewiston Sugar Festival, which had been scheduled for March 21 in Civic Park in Clewiston, has been canceled. Amidst the bustling planning and release of event information, the City of Clewiston and the Clewiston Sugar Festival Committee issued notice, on the evening of March 10, 2020, that the Sugar Festival had been […]

More than 30,000 attend Okeechobee Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE — Thousands of college students on spring break along with other music fans gathered in northeast Okeechobee County March 5-9 for the 2020 Okeechobee Music Festival. Final attendance numbers were not available at press time, but according to festival organizers, more than 30,000 were in the crowd. The festival featured performances by more than […]