The Florida Gateway Challenge is June 10th at Hopeful Baptist Church, Lake City. The tournament is now a NASKA 2A Rated Event and is also affiliated with ISKA and MAC Circuit. Sensei Laura Lindboe and the Academy of Martial Arts are dedicating this year’s tournament to veterans, active duty military, and first responders. Come out and show support!
For more information, visit floridagatewaychallenge.com.
Enjoy a free community festival, sponsored by Four Rivers Audubon, celebrating nature! The festival will be April 8th, 10am-3pm at Alligator Lake Park. Walking workshops will highlight butterflies, native plants and flowers. Vendors and exhibitors will offer nature- and garden-related items and native plants. There will be music, food, and many free children’s activities, so bring the entire family for a fun, educational day outdoors! Also, meet and have your photo taken with Trouble, a bald eagle, at noon!
Expert-led bird walks will begin at 8am on the Florida Birding Trail. Make your reservation for the bird walk at 8am by calling 386-466-2193. Visit fourriversaudubon.org for more information.
Sample craft wines and beers on the lake March 25th! The festival will be held at 2pm until 6pm at the Darby Pavilion at Lake DeSoto. There will also be live entertainment and food! Tickets in advance are $20; $30 on the day of the event. Visit lakecitychamber.com or call 386-752-3690 for more info!
The Annual Olustee Battle Festival and Civil War Reenactment is soon approaching! The annual three-day event draws thousands of visitors each year. The festival is held in Downtown Lake City, FL, at Olustee Park. Downtown you will see vendors and crafters, historical displays, entertainment, the annual parade, the skirmish between the Merrimack and the Monitor on Lake DeSoto, and much more! The reenactment is located at nearby Olustee Battlefield State Park. Thousands of reenactors from all over the southeast encamp the grounds where the battle took place over 150 years ago. Once stepping into the park, you are transported back in time as you take in the sights and sounds. See medical demonstrations, cavalry tactics, artillery firings, army encampments, drill and ceremonies and more. The official battle reenactment takes place on Sunday. Come out and see this important part of Florida’s history!
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