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Sumter County Chamber of Commerce

Sumter County Annual Events

Dade Battlefield Reenactment
January 4-5, 2014
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, Florida 33513
(352) 793-4781
Every January, under the oaks of Dade Battlefield State Park, history lovers gather to commemorate the battle that started the Second Seminole War. On December 28, 1835, Indian warriors ambushed 108 U.S. soldiers at this site, and only three soldiers survived. The 80-acre park protects not only a historic battlefield, but also the natural communities as they existed during the war. As you stroll the half-mile trail through pine flatwoods, keep your eyes peeled for gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, songbirds, hawks or indigo snakes. The amenities of Dade Battlefield include a playground, picnic area with covered shelters and recreation hall. The park's visitor center provides information and displays about the historic battle, as well as a 12 minute video history of the battle This Land, These Men.
 
More Information:
Dade Battlefield State Park Website
Dade Battlefield Society Website

AGRItunity
January 25-26, 2014
Sumter County Fairgrounds
7620 State Road 471
Webster, Florida 33513
(352) 793-2728
This conference and trade show provides opportunities for farmers, ranchers and people interested in agriculture to learn, network, meet suppliers and explore the possibilites of starting or changing an agricultural operation. The trade show will include many suppliers that are important for farmers, as well as large equipment and livestock displays.
 
More Information:
UF/IFAS Sumter County Extension Office

Sumter County Fair
March 8-16, 2013
Sumter County Fairgrounds
7620 State Road 471
Webster, Florida 33513
(352) 793-2750
This 96-year old fair features amusement rides, a beauty pageant, live entertainment, rodeo rides, food vendors, games and livestock judging and auctions.

More Information:
Sumter County Fair Website

Royal Homecoming
June 15-16. 2013
Parade: County Road 462 in Wildwood
Worship Service: New Life Center Ministries, Inc.
9707 County Road 229, Wildwood (Royal), FL 34785
(352) 748-0260
In 1968, the late Ellis Anderson, established a day where ones who once lived in the Community of Royal could return home to visit. Ellis asked the residents and their visitors to begin at a local church for morning worship and after church to gather at the Royal Park in the Royal Community Center for dinner and a meeting to plan the next year's event. Every family was asked to bring a covered dish to make the meal where all could be served. Dishes, such as collard and mustard greens, conk peas, corn bread, macaroni and cheese, perlow rice, sweet potato pie, pig tails, pig feet, ribs, fried chicken, pound cake, peach cobbler, etc. were enjoyed by all. The first occurrence was the third Sunday in June, Father's Day.
From this humble beginning, this event has grown to welcome between 5,000-6,000 visitors. Today, the Royal Library Association is the lead homecoming planning committee and the activities benefits the RHEAP programs and the Young Center. The event still takes place on every Father's Day Weekend with food & craft vendors, softball & volleyball tournaments, family & friends day, parade and worship service at New Life Center Ministries, Inc.


More Information:
Community of Royal Website

World War II Day
August 1-3, 2013
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, Florida 33513
(352) 793-4781
An annual commemoration of the end of World War II, it is held annually on the first Saturday in August. Allied and Axis re-enactors will present living history encampments and displays, as well as uniform and weapons demonstrations. There will also be military vehicle exhibits and a militaria collectables show. A veterans service office and local veterans groups will be on hand.

More Information:
Dade Battlefield State Park Website
Dade Battlefield Society Website

A Taste of Simply Sumter
September 6, 2013, 5:30 to 8pm
Providence Independence at Wildwood
7676 Rio Grande Blvd., Wildwood, FL 34785
(352) 793-3099
Experience what makes dining and shopping special in Sumter County. Distinctive local restaurants will serve samples of their signature dishes. Enjoy live entertainment and browse displays from local boutiques and specialty shops. Bid in a silent auction on prizes donated by local merchants. A portion of proceeds will fund new scholarships for graduating seniors at Wildwood High School, South Sumter High School, and The Villages Charter High School. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Presented by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.

More Information:
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Website

Second Annual Inter-Tribal Native American Holiday Pow-Wow
September 27-29, 2013
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, Florida 33513
(352) 793-4781

Native crafts, demonstrations, singing and dancing, story telling, native food and more. Family friendly-no alcohol, drugs or profanity. Primitive camping - some electric available. Bring the whole family and spend the day. Bring blankets or chairs to sit on. Dancing competition with prizes.

More Information:
Dade Battlefield State Park Website


Bushnell Fall Festival
October 19, 2013
Downtown Bushnell, Florida
(352) 793-3907
The annual Bushnell Fall Festival is a popular and cherished event sponsored by the city to celebrate the birthday of The City of Bushnell. Held the third Saturday of October, more than 20,000 visitors have been reported to attend this festival and enjoyed the various types of food and crafts available.
The festival features a parade, live entertainment throughout the day, chldren's activities, food and vendors, a greased pig contest, and a Street Dance from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.


More Information:
City of Bushnell Website

Haunted Hayrides
Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 2013
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 County Road 603
Bushnell, Florida 33513
(352) 793-4781
An 1830s Style Hayride.

More Information:
Dade Battlefield State Park Website
Dade Battlefield Society Website

Sumter County Beef and Boogie Festival
Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, 2013
Sumter County Farmers Market
524 Market Blvd, Webster, Florida 33597
(352) 793-3099
The Sumter County Beef and Boogie Festival is a celebration of the county's cattle beef industry, complete with live entertainment, beef and rib cookoffs (including a competition for Sumter's Best Burger), kids activities, educational displays; craft, food and merchandise vendors, and more. Admission $10 for adults, ages 12 and under free. Presented by the Sumter County Chamber of Commerce.
More Information:
Sumter County Beef and Boogie Festival Website
Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Website

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