FEB16Friday 9:00 am – 9:30 pm
- Brighton Seminole Reservation500 Harney Pond Road Okeechobee,FL
Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo
To Celebrate 80th Anniversary
Will Feature Colt Ford Concert
WHAT: Celebrating 80 years, the Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo will take place at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena on the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation in Okeechobee, Florida.
Many Seminole favorites will return including PRCA Rodeo, Professional Bull Riders, clothing contests, American Indian arts & crafts and native foods. Attendees may also visit the Seminole Culture Camp where a living Seminole Indian Village will be on display.
Entertainment will include a Saturday evening concert by country rapper, singer and songwriter, Colt Ford. A former professional golfer, Ford released his sixth album last May titled Love Hope Faith, which includes the single “4 Lane Gone.”
The weekend will also feature native dance troupes from neighboring tribes, storytelling, alligator wrestling and a snake show.
Additionally, there will be a parade featuring members of Florida State University’s marching band, along with Osceola aboard Renegade, recognized as the best athletic tradition in the nation.
Attendees can visit the sponsor-driven Pro Rodeo Fan Zone on the way into the arena. The rodeo grounds will have a variety of crafts and food vendors for all to enjoy.
HISTORY: Brighton Field Day started in November of 1938. William and Edith Boehmer, two teachers who were residing on the Brighton reservation, got the idea to start a “day of fun.” It initially was meant to be a day for Tribal community members to visit, but now thousands of visitors join Seminole Tribal members in this annual celebration.
WHEN: Friday, February 16 through Sunday, February 18
Gates open at 9 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively
Activities begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday
PRCA Rodeo (Friday/Saturday, 3 p.m.)
Professional Bull Riders (Sunday, 3 p.m.)
Parade (Saturday, 10 a.m.)
Colt Ford Concert (Saturday, 7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Fred Smith Rodeo Arena
Brighton Seminole Reservation
500 Harney Pond Road
Okeechobee, Fla. 34974
From Okeechobee: Take Hwy 70 west or from US-27 take Hwy 70 east to Hwy 721, right on Harney Pond Road one mile to Fred Smith Arena.
From Fort Lauderdale: Take US-27 N, turn right on Hwy 78, turn left on Hwy 721, left on Harney Pond Road, one mile to Fred Smith Arena.
From Fort Myers: Take SR 80 east, turn left on FL-29/Bridge Street, turn right onto FL-78 E, turn right on US-27 S to Hwy 78 E, turn left on Hwy 721, left on Harney Pond Road, one mile to Fred Smith Arena.
WHO: Presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida
COST: $20 each day
INFO: (863) 467-6039, www.rezrodeo.com
Brighton Seminole Reservation500 Harney Pond Road