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January

Stephen Foster Day
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida.
386-397-2192 or 386-397-4331.
Valhalla
Valhalla Combined Driving Event
Wellborn, Florida
386-755-9911

The mild January weather, challenging course design, and friendly southern hospitality are just a few of the rewards that attracts world-class drivers from throughout the United States to the event. In a very short time the Valhalla Combined Driving Event has become a premier competition and one of only two Combined Driving Events in the the state sanctioned by the American Driving Society. These amiable but competitive individuals from all walks of life gather for three days to display the consummate skill levels required with single horses, ponies, pairs and four-in-hand teams to compete in three grueling phases of driven competition. These phases are: driven dressage, cones obstacles, and cross-country marathon.

Valhalla
Driving a four-in-hand at Valhalla

Martin Luther King Celebration
Parade, Activities in the Stadium
Lake City, Florida
386-755-0923
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February

Camellia Show
Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center
White Springs, Florida
386-397-2192 or 386-397-4331.
Miss Olustee Pageant
Contact Elaine Owens
386-752-3430
Annual Florida Modified Race
Columbia Motor Park
Ellisville, Bert Asherman, 386-755-9302
Olustee Battle Festival
Downtown Lake City - 386-758-1312
Olustee Battle Re-Enactment
Olustee, Florida - 386-758-1312

Olustee Battle re-enactment
Olustee Battle re-enactment.

Each February, since 1976, in the vast timberland that is Columbia and Baker Counties, those who remember join professional War Between the States’ re-enactors in commemoration of this historic moment and in celebrating the accomplishments seeded by those spirited pioneers. The Battle of Olustee Festival is the second largest reenactment in the United States.

The Festival Downtown - Events begin on Friday with a memorial service at Oak Lawn Cemetary in downtown Lake City. At 9:00 am the streets of downtown come alive with arts, crafts and food vendors, they remain all day Friday and Saturday. Throughout both days two entertainment stages have continuous live entertainment. On Friday night Lake Desoto in downtown is the site of the Battle of the Ironclads, the Monitor and the Merrimac. Watch as this battle is re-created on the Lake.

The Battlefield - The Olustee Battlefield Park, the Re-enactment campsites and Sutlers Row open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Olustee Battle Re-Enactment begins at 1:30 p.m.

Folk Concert & Dance
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida
Elaine McGrath, 386-397-4331
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March

Lake City Garden Club Antique Show
Martha Ronsonet, 386-752-6504
Florida Gateway Pro-Rodeo
Columbia County Fairgrounds
386-752-8822, 752-8822

For 3 days in March Columbia County resembles the old west. During this time cowboys and girls from all over descend on Lake City to participate in the Florida Gateway Pro Rodeo. There is something for everyone, young and old. For the kids the Calf Scramble brings great fun for the kids and laughter for the adults. Show your friends that you’ve got the right stuff with a ride on the mechanical bull.

Part of the National Rodeo Circuit, the Wrangler Dodge Series, events include bull riding, roping, team riding, and barrel riding.

Hog Wild & Pig Crazy Bar-B-Que
Lake City, Florida
Haywood Christie, 386-758-5450

Begun in 1993, the Hog Wild and Pig Crazy Barbecue & Chili Cook-off is held in the spring of each year. The event is sponsored by the Lake City-Columbia County Parks and Recreation Department and is sanctioned by the Sanctioned Contest Network. Judging for the event is in accordance with Memphis in May Rules. Thousands of dollars in prize money and trophies are given to the winners. In addition to the Cook-off, the event includes craft booths and carnival rides. Local dance and signing groups offer live entertainment throughout the event. The two- day event is held at Memorial Stadium in downtown Lake City.

Suwannee Crafts Rendezvous
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida
Contact Elaine McGrath, 386-397-4431
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April

Antique Tractor, Engine & Craft Show
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida
Elaine McGrath, 386-397-4331
Spring Bluegrass Festival
Live Oak, Edwin McCook, 386-362-3071
Florida Sports Hall of Fame Induction
Florida Sports Hall of Fame & Sports Museum
Lake City, Florida
Sandra Dillard, 386-758-1310
Stephen Foster Storytelling Fest
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida
Elaine McGrath, 386-397-4331
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May

Suwannee Bicycle Festival
Live Oak 386-362-3071
Hot Air Balloon Classic
Spirit of the Suwannee
386-364-1683
Florida Folk Festival
Stephen Foster State Culture Center
White Springs, Florida.
386-397-2192 or 386-397-4331
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June

Wellborn Blueberry Festival
Wellborn, Florida
Edwin McCook, 386-362-3071

July

Jaycees July 4th Celebration
Columbia County Tourist Development Cou, 386-758-1312

August

Hot Cajun Nites
Spirit of the Suwannee, 386-364-1683

September

September Riding Club Rodeo
Branford, Florida
386-362-2839 or 386-362-3071
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October

Alligator Fest
October 15 & 16, 1999

Alligator Fest will take you back to a time when the Lake City, "Alligator", area was young and Seminole Indian braves roamed freely over the lush valleys and hills surrounding their village, Alligator Town. The chief of the village was the regal Indian diplomat Halpatter Tustennuggee, informally referred to as Chief Alligator. .The Native American Living History Village will take you back to Lake City’s inception, almost two centuries ago. There you will be able to see demonstrations, purchase cultural arts and crafts, taste the food of the period, enjoy Indian dances, ceremonies, wild life demonstrations, and view artifact exhibits. Wagon and pony rides, in addition to canoe rides on Lake Desoto will be available throughout the festival. Native Americans will present programs on native dance, music, life skills and storytelling. Live alligator and cougar shows and a panther presentation are a part of the program.

For further information write Alligator Fest, P.O. Box 487, Lake City, Florida 32056-0487, or call 386-719-9887.

Annual Jeanie Ball
White Springs, Florida
386-397-4331
Fall Gospel Jubilee
Suwannee Music Park, Live Oak, Florida
386-364-1683
Alligator Fest
Historic Downtown , Lake City
Harvey Campbell, 386-758-1397
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November

North Florida Charity Airshow
Sonja Yarbrough, Public Relations Chairperson
386/752-1822, ext 1247

The Lake City Municipal Airport becomes a hub of activity when the airshow comes to Lake City. The former Canadian Snow Bird pilots who are part of the Northern Lights Aerobatic Team will be the featured act. Included in the lineup will be Gene Soucy, a former member of the Pitt Special Aerobatic Team and demonstrations by an F-18 and A-10 from the U.S. Air Force. Also on display are military and civilian static displays of aircraft and motorcycles.

Additional activities include the vendor village offering food, drinks and souvenirs, a large Boy Scout of American encampment and the Annual North Florida Motorcycle Invitational.
Festival of Lights
Downtown, Lake City
Main Street, 386-755-9023

The Saturday following Thanksgiving Lake City’s Main Street comes alive with Christmas spirit. Crafts people and Artists from throughout the area add to the festive atmosphere of the Season. Olustee Park hosts Christmas entertainment by local groups. At dusk Santa arrives and the park is transformed into a fairyland as thousands of lights illuminate the park and downtown businesses. You may visit Santa Claus in his gingerbread house Monday - Saturday. The Festival of Lights continues each evening until January 1st. This year the theme for the Festival of Lights is a Victorian Christmas in Downtown, and Victorian figures can be seen on ever street in downtown.

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December

Christmas on the Square
Live Oak, Florida
Edwin McCook, 386-362-3071
Christmas Parade
Lake City, Florida
Lake City Chamber, 386-752-3690
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