Fun, gratitude, happiness rule Sugar Fest 2019

CLEWISTON — Thousands of people filled the streets of “America’s Sweetest City” and jammed onto the Sugar Festival grounds to jam with the bands as the annual celebration took place Saturday, March 17. Majesty of Rock kicked off the festivities with a free concert Friday night, March 15, covering the music of Journey and Styx. […]

Annual Sugar Festival kicks off March 15

CLEWISTON — The Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the importance of sugarcane in Glades-area communities and Florida’s agricultural industry. This is a free event. The Sugar Festival kicks off with the Majesty of Rock concert on Friday, March 15, from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring the music of Journey and Styx […]

Cattle drive thrills spectators at Speckled Perch Festival parade

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association cattle drive was the highlight of the Speckled Perch Festival on Saturday in downtown Okeechobee. The festival continues Sunday in downtown Okeechobee in Flagler Park. The Cowtown Rodeo will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the Cattlemen’s Arena on U.S. 441. Driving cattle is thirsty […]

2019 Speckled Perch royalty crowned

The Annual Speckled Perch Pageant has been an Okeechobee tradition for well over 50 years. It seems you hear of it less and it isn’t thought of. Well, that changes this year, 2019. On Feb. 16, 32 brave young ladies crossed the stage to share their modeling skills, how well they held eye contact, and […]

Reserve Champion Steer

CLEWISTON — Landon Sutton had the Reserve Champion Steer at the Feb. 12 Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show.

2019 Miss Hendry County and Court

The 2019 Miss Hendry County shown with her court at the Feb. 23 pageant. Left to right: Karlee Lamb, Cherica Marshal, second runner-up Jaylee Rangel, 2019 Miss Hendry County Victoria Wheeler, first runner-up Selinda Puentes, Montana Powell, and Isabel Raya. Victoria Wheeler also received Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic. Selinda Puentes also received Most Sales.

Grand Champion Swine

CLEWISTON — The Grand Champion Swine award went to Madisyn Thomley on Jan. 13 at the 2019 Hendry County Fair & Livestock Show.

Hugs for my grandmother

My 79-year-old grandmother, Diane Thrift, has been suffering from a number of disorders and diseases. Most of all, because of an autoimmune disorder called myasthenia gravis, she gets weaker and weaker by the day. Last year, I was lucky enough to receive two tickets to the Okeechobee Music Festival. A few days later, I spoke […]

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 […]

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 […]