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 […]

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 […]

More photos from the 2020 Okeechobee Music Festival

OKEECHOBEE — Thousands of music fans are enjoying the 2020 Okeechobee Music Festival this weekend. More than 100 artists will perform throughout the weekend festival.

Okeechobee Music festival continues Sunday

OKEECHOBEE — The 2020 Okeechobee Music Festival got off to a great start on Thursday with concerts accompanied by light shows and pyrotechnics. According to Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen, the 2020 OMF is expected to draw around 30,000 fans or more. Actual attendance numbers will not be available until after the event. Sunday is […]

2020 Okeechobee Music Festival is under way

Concert fans reminded to wash hands often OKEECHOBEE — Stores were stocked with camping supplies, the sheriff checked and double-checked the security plans and quite a few year-round residents went shopping a little earlier this week to avoid the crowds. It’s music festival weekend in Okeechobee. “Everything is going very well,” said Okeechobee County Sheriff […]

Okeechobee ready for 2020 music festival

OKEECHOBEE — Stores are stocked with camping supplies, the sheriff has checked and double-checked the security plans and quite a few year-round residents went shopping a little earlier this week to avoid the crowds expected on Thursday. It’s almost music festival weekend in Okeechobee. “Everything is going very well,” said Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen […]

Okeechobee roots in go-go boots: Kendall Rucks at OMF

OKEECHOBEE — In 1958, Emmett Rucks purchased land off of U.S. 98 in Okeechobee which he developed into a dairy farm named Dry Lake Dairy. For almost 50 years, his wife, Glen, and his three sons, Boyd, Sutton and Charlie, ran what was one of the top dairy operations in the state. Emmett’s descendants, as […]

Okeechobee Music Festival opens Thursday

OKEECHOBEE — Traffic signs on major roads are flashing this week: “Music festival March 5-8, expect delays.” Okeechobee County residents who remember them in 2016, 2017 and 2018 are planning accordingly. What can they expect? In 2016, 2017 and 2018, festival fans started arriving on Wednesday, some of them sleeping in their cars on Wednesday […]

Trading ‘kandi’ is part of music festival culture

OKEECHOBEE — Some of the festival fans who attend the 2020 Okeechobee Music Festival will arrive with arms stacked with colorful bracelets. The jewelry is not just part of a costume. It’s part of a music festival tradition. At music festivals, accepting “kandi” from strangers takes on a new meaning. Kandi refers to the brightly […]