Cattle drive to follow Okeechobee parade Saturday; Speckled Perch Festival and rodeo this weekend

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee, “the Speckled Perch Capital of the World,” will host the 54th Annual Speckled Perch Festival March 9 and 10 in Flagler Park. This year’s festival parade will feature a cattle drive, sponsored by the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association. “We’re trying to get enthusiasm back for the rodeo,” explained Dudley Kirton of the Okeechobee […]

Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo set for Feb. 15-17

GLADES COUNTY — Celebrating 81 years, the Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo will take place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Okeechobee, Feb. 15-17. Presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, many Seminole favorites will return including PRCA Rodeo, clothing contests, American Indian arts and crafts and […]

Fair to include demolition derby

The Okeechobee County Fair Association will host the Demolition Derby on the last day of the fair, Sunday, March 17. Gates open at noon, and the Demolition Derby is at 2:30 p.m. Demolition Derby tickets are $10 per person, 5 years old and under free, sold separately from fair admission. Win a chance to drive […]

Sigma Theta Sorority to host Red and White Gala Feb. 9

CLEWISTON — The Glades Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated is hosting their annual Red and White Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the John Boy Auditorium located at 1200 W C Owen Ave. in Clewison. The theme for the event is Crimson and Diamonds. The attire is semi-formal to formal. The event […]

Music festival might return in 2020

OKEECHOBEE — An email from the Okeechobee Music Festival Thursday confirmed that there will not be a festival in 2019 — but added they are looking forward to returning in 2020. “Greetings, Okeechobeeings,” the email states. “After much consideration and looking at many different options, we have decided to take a fallow year and not […]

Ink Fusion Empire brings tattoo artistry to MEGACON and more

Getting a tattoo at a comic book convention might seem like a crazy idea, but one man saw the hidden potential. Established as a fully fledged entity in 2007, the Ink Fusion Empire currently does eighteen shows in the United States, with a few international dates as well. With forty artists hailing from far and […]

Okeechobee High School Drama Club presents ‘Shrek, the musical’

OKEECHOBEE There are two more chances to see the Okeechobee High School Drama Troupe production of “SHREK the musical!” on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the OHS lecture hall. Adult tickets cost $10 and student tickets are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets […]

Easter Happenings in Okeechobee

See what is planned in Okeechobee to celebrate Easter 2018. Easter Egg hunt planned Okeechobee Church of the Nazarene, 425 S.W. 28th St., will host a Spring Fling on Saturday, March 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It will include bounce houses, an egg hunt and […]

Okeechobee Xplosion dance team wins chance to compete in Las Vegas

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Xplosion junior level 1 team won first place in the Gold Coast Beach Championship on Feb. 18. After winning first place, judges at the championship decided to award the Xplosion a gold bid that grants them the opportunity to compete in the U.S. Finals in Las Vegas, Nev. This marks the […]

Consider a cruise vacation: Okeechobee is a short drive to the ports

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee is one of the few places in the country, that I know of, that is within three hours’ drive or less to five different cruise ports. This means that cruise vacations of all costs and duration are very close to home. My wife and I like to take a cruise about once […]