“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 […]

Public events will include screenings

Get information from CDC, not from social media OKEECHOBEE — Fears of the spread of the coronavirus did not stop the Speckled Perch Festival and Cowtown Rodeo this weekend. The Okeechobee County Fair and Youth Livestock Show will go on as planned this week. At a special meeting Friday, March 13, Okeechobee County Public Safety […]

Cattle drive in downtown Okeechobee Saturday

OKEECHOBEE — Okeechobee’s annual Speckled Perch Festival and the Cowtown Rodeo will go on as planned this weekend. The festival parade is set for 10 a.m. in downtown Okeechobee. The festival starts on Parrott Avenue (U.S. 441) near the Aldi grocery store, heads north on Parrott Avenue to the main intersection and then west on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Images from the XTREME Bronc and Bullriding event in Okeechobee on Nov. 30

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena was the venue for the XTREME Bronc and Bullriding competition on Saturday. Nov. 30.

Okeechobee Cattlemen plan Black Friday Buck-Off

“XTREME Broncs” & Bucking Bulls Championship make up for Labor Day event cancellation OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association will hold a Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) “XTREME Broncs” & Bucking Bulls Championship at the Cattlemen’s Arena Nov. 29-30, in lieu of the Okeechobee Labor Day Bull Bash, which was canceled due to Hurricane Dorian. […]

Cattlemen concerned about property rights

Why was Mexican rodeo treated differently than other arena events? OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Association has questioned why the Oct. 20 bullriding event at their arena was treated differently than other rodeos hosted by that facility. “We hosted the Mexican Bullriding on our property on Sunday,” said James Colgan, president of the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s […]

Cattlemen’s arena may host Mexican rodeo

OKEECHOBEE — Plans for a Mexican rodeo at the Okeechobee Cattlemen’s Arena on U.S. 441 in Okeechobee on Oct. 20, drew some concerns at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Okeechobee County Board of Commissioners. Matt Dorriety, manager of the Okeechobee Agri-Civic Center, said the agri-civic center has been the venue for Mexican rodeos in […]

Rodeo queen hunts 500-pound gator

OKEECHOBEE — Former 2016 Miss Rodeo Okeechobee Caitlyn Albers found herself helping bring in a 500-pound, 12-foot-long gator on the morning of Sept. 15. Ms. Albers applied for a public gator tag from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Once approved, she headed out with a crew from Kissimmee River Hunt and Fish, a […]