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 […]

Seminole Shootout postponed in Immokalee

IMMOKALEE — The Seminole Tribe of Florida has postponed until further notice the Seminole Shootout due to nominal ticket sales. For those who purchased tickets online for the March 6-8 event, credit card refunds will be issued. The Seminole Shootout was first performed in the late 1990s and brings together reenactors in soldier and warrior […]

Chalo Nitka Rodeo and Festival kicks off March 6

MOORE HAVEN — Originally begun as a celebration of the newly “tarred” Main Street in Moore Haven, the first Chalo Nitka Festival was celebrated in 1949. Chalo Nitka is Seminole for “Day of the Big Bass,” Chalo Nitka Committee member Tracy Whirls said. “The Chalo Nitka Festival is really the Glades County Fair, and like […]

VA to host Veterans Creative Arts Festival March 2 and March 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center will showcase the artistic talents of local Veterans during its annual Veterans Creative Arts Festival on March 2 to 3. This two-day event provides a means for veterans’ to display their artistic expressions in more than 100 categories to include creative writing, dance, drama, […]

Osceola’s Warrior Legacy

BRIGHTON — Osceola’s Warrior Legacy, a demonstration of traditional Seminole weapons and battle tactics, educated attendees at the 82nd Annual Brighton Field Day Festival and Rodeo on Feb. 14. The group will also be at the Battle of Okeechobee Re-enactment in Okeechobee on Feb. 22-23.

Cane Grinding Festival carries on traditions

ORTONA — While locals and returning snowbirds probably are familiar with Ortona Indian Mound Park, a state historical site that was once home to Calusa Indian tribes, it is also the location of the annual Ortona Cane Grinding Festival, which takes place on the first Saturday of February each year. The park is pretty interesting […]

Annual Indian Arts Celebration attracts large crowds

BIG CYPRESS — Participants, spectators, tribal members and visitors experienced a dizzying array of art, crafts, cultural education, entertainment, food, music and other delights at the 22nd Annual American Indian Arts Celebration last weekend. Hundreds turned out for the two-day extravaganza hosted at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Museum on the Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation south […]

‘Pahokee’ wins grand prize at Champs-Élysées

PAHOKEE — The independently produced film “Pahokee” recently brought home the grand prize from the Champs-Élysées Film Festival, which ran June 18-25 in Paris, France. Directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan were on hand for numerous showings at Paris theaters before the awards were presented. “We’ve had some great screenings and Q&As,” she wrote, with […]

Brown Sugar festival includes parade

CLEWISTON The 2019 Brown Sugar Festival Parade was held Saturday, May 4. The parade began at the Harlem Civic Center on Seventh Street in Clewiston, and ended at the People Who Care Park. The parade was followed by the Brown Sugar Festival. Harlem Academy had a colorful entry (top right) in the Brown Sugar Festival […]

Black Gold Jubilee draws crowd to the lake

BELLE GLADE — The Black Gold Jubilee featured so many attractions this year that it kept people streaming onto Torry Island all day Saturday, April 6, even as twilight fell. There seemed to be a hundred booths with civic organizations, contests, exhibitors, games, raffles, even a green market and so many vendors with aromatic, enticing […]