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Heartland LIVING, the only regional magazine covering the 7 counties of the Florida’s Heartland. If you are a new reader we are honored you found us and we are your lifestyle magazine that features interesting editorial content, locals making a difference in the communities, “Inspired by the South” with southern traditions, travel destinations, art and culture, agriculture, style and so much more. Also check out our Heartland Scene with our social events of what has happened in your community and what is coming up that you might want to attend with family and friends.


Heartland LIVING tries to expand your knowledge about the community that we love and to spark your interest about topics that are old, new, and innovative. Our hope is that our stories inspire you to travel to a new destination, try a new recipe, learn about the rich antiquity of a historical landmark, or learn about people making your community a better place to live. Desoto County is celebrating a milestone for the All-Florida Championship Rodeo with the ground-breaking of the new Mosaic Arena. The upcoming March rodeo will be the last rodeo held at the current facility, which is bittersweet for this community. It’s been neat to see the history through the progression of photos as well as hear about all the local support given to bring new opportunities to Arcadia and the rodeo community. We’re always proud to recognize people making a difference in the Heartland so we are especially honored to recognize the 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year, Jessica Solano. The Polk County resident is taking stake in the lives of our children along with raising 2 young children Rayni and Oliver with her husband Gary. What a blessing to have her as a mentor to the future of our society. Chuck Obern founded C&B Farms Inc. in Clewiston, and he still runs the farm with his son, Charles Jr. “Boots”. C&B grows a wide array of vegetables organic and non-organic with a strong emphasis on quality produce through hard work and dedication to his passions. It’s nice to see people fulfill their dreams and share that vision with their family in order to continue from generation to generation. This issue offers a variety of content for every walk of life. You will notice we have made some changes as we continue to strive for excellence for you, our readers. We want to bring you, our community, the best that the Heartland has to offer. God Bless,

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Behind the Scenes Jessica Pleger is a wife, mother, editor,

Bridgette K. Waldau has been

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a graphic and fine artist for over 30 years. She received her A.A. from the Ft. Lauderdale Institute of Art and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Stetson University. She moved to Okeechobee in 1994 where she opened her art studio. Bridgette has been creative director for several publications, working with Heartland Publications & Marketing as art director since 2011, winning four Florida Magazine Charlie Awards in 2015. She is arts and culture director of Okeechobee Main Street (12 years) and member of the Chamber of Commerce of Okeechobee County. Bridgette is married to James Waldau, a retired firefighter.

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Rafael Pacheco I am a Pisces and was

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born on the island of Puerto Rico. My dog thinks I am crazy for locking the door so many times in 10 seconds and my cats think I am made of catnip. Everything I wear is black, gray or blue. If I put on something colorful I must have been in a hurry. Photography is how I have let my artistic visions come to life since the early 90’s. Patience, kindness, sharing, sacrifice, love and not to judge I saw my mother practice these and they stayed within me. We are collective energy and all from the same Source. I don’t see the world through my eyes. I see it through my soul.


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and photographer from Sebring, Florida. A former website administrator for CI Interactive Website Design and Internet Marketing in Naples, Florida, Pam attended Miami Dade Community College. This Michigan native is an avid outdoor enthusiast who can often be found photographing wildlife at Highlands Hammock State Park or in her own yard on Lake Sebring. Because of her passion for travel, adventure, and great last-minute deals, Pam has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

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writer, and caterer. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. Before working full-time at Heartland LIVING, Jessica was a paralegal for over 15 years. She is also the owner and operator of Pink Pineapple Catering. Jessica enjoys being outdoors, traveling, and participating in community events throughout the Heartland. A lifelong resident of Florida, Jessica was raised in Hardee County and now resides in Avon Park with her husband, Jonathan and daughter, Finley Grace.


nationally published freelance writer, research analyst and newspaper co r re s p o n d e nt . S h e te a c h e s Communications at South Florida State College. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Indian River State College, Edison, Brevard Community Colleges and Barry University teaching (English/ Speech/Journalism). She is a certified Yoga Instructor, member of the Allied Member of the Florida Cattlemen’s Association, Treasure Coast Literary Guild and Labelle Chamber of Commerce. She was honored with a publication on Florida “Cow Hunters” in the Cambridge Scholars: Florida Studies Proceedings, 2007-2008. She also holds a Ph.D. in Communication and Broadcast Journalism. She is a Native Miamian and resides in Sebring, Florida.

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Jessica Solano

2017 Florida Teacher of the Year Written by Pamela Glinski Photography by Caroline Maxcy Fox

Standing on stage at a five-star gala at Orlando's Hard Rock Live, Jessica Solano, a 3rd grade math teacher from Highlands Grove Elementary in Lakeland, felt humbled and honored when her name was announced as the 2017 Macy's/Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year by Governor Rick Scott and his wife, Ann. „

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“What a neat person, and she's a wonderful teacher. I'm excited to see what she'll do this next year,” Governor Scott commented after the award ceremony. “Thank goodness for our 190,000 teachers around our state...I'm very thankful for all of them and very proud of all of them.” Sponsored by the Florida Department of Education and Macy's since 1988, the Teacher of the Year program recognizes exceptional educators throughout Florida. Winners are chosen not only for their extraordinary ability to teach and professional development but also for outstanding service to their school and community. On May 4, 2016, Solano was chosen from 72 teachers representing school systems across the state to be one of five finalist in this year's statewide competition, but it wasn't until the July 14th Macy's/Florida Department of Education Gala she knew she had won. “To have this be not only for Polk County, which was such an incredible honor, but to now be for Florida, it seems so surreal,” the 30-year-old said. “This is such an honor and a blessing.” „

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Solano was presented a $20,000 check from funds provided by the Florida Department of Education and Macy's. She also received a $1,000 wardrobe and a $1,000 check for Highlands Grove Elementary. The other four statewide finalist, Amy Miller representing Kissimmee Elementary, Precious Symonette from Miami Norland Senior High, Laurie Zentz of Switzerland Point Middle School, and Donald Blake at Marchman Technical School, were awarded $15,000 each, $500 Macy's gift cards, and $1,000 checks for their schools. A teacher for eight years, Solano attended Southeastern University in Lakeland and is currently working on her Masters in Education from Florida Southern College. She has served the past three years as a math instructor and school technology coach at Highlands Grove Elementary in Polk County. As a technology coach, she and her team train other educators how to “enhance classroom instruction through technology integration.” And through techniques like student-led lessons, Jessica teaches her classes to use critical thinking and take ownership of their learning. Throughout this school year, Solano is serving as the “Christa McAuliffe Ambassador of Education,” a position named in honor of the teacher-astronaut who died during the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion. Solano's duties include attending education events, teacher's summits, and speaking at school programs. She offers four different presentations or keynote motivational speeches, and requests to the Florida Department of Education for her appearances have been numerous. During just two weeks in January she was booked for ten events.„

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Jessica Solano with Highlands Grove Elementary School Principal Dr. Benjamin Henry

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Mentee, Samantha Sokolski with Jessica Solano

“I love doing what I do. I have a passion for always wanting to be better, for being an expert at what I do,” - Jessica Solano


While her schedule can be exceptionally busy, she is grateful for the support of her husband, Gary, and her in-laws, who help while she's on the road with the care of her two children, six-year-old daughter, Rayni and five-month-old son, Oliver. Solano acknowledged, “It is a village effort.” “We are very proud of Jessie,” said Highlands Grove Principal Benjamin Henry, who has worked with Solano for the past three years. “Every time we get a chance to sit down and talk I like to pick her brains to see what she's learning from her travels across the state.” He added his appreciation for the time she is spending this year in Polk County mentoring first-year instructors like Samantha Sokolski, who is teaching Solano's two math classes during her absence. Henry added with pride, “This is the second Teacher of the Year for the state that we have had from Highlands Grove (referring to Florida Teacher of the Year 2015, Art Educator Christie Bassett). When we nominate someone, we have established this is the best person to represent Highlands Grove and what we are striving to be.” „

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Jessica with her husband, Gary, daughter, Rayni and son, Oliver

“What a neat person, and she's a wonderful teacher. I'm excited to see what she'll do this next year.” -Florida Governor Rick Scott

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Solano exemplifies all that is good in an educator. This popular teacher believes in creating a safe, trusting classroom environment where children know it’s alright to make mistakes and learn from them. She instills in her students the same “never give up” attitude she learned from her own parents while growing up along the gulf coast of Florida in a loving household that was often opened to foster children. “It has been so deeply ingrained into me to try to reach students, especially ones you don't know what is going on at home. They all need to have those high expectations and someone to believe in them, someone to tell them they can be successful no matter what. Education needs to be valued, teachers need to be valued,” Solano said of the in-classroom and at-home support from parents and the community that are so vital for a child's success. “I love doing what I do. I have a passion for always wanting to be better, for being an expert at what I


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do,” said Solano, who engages her students in real life problem-solving tasks to show them how useful math is in life, in college, and in their careers. “Everyone is a 'math person.' You just may not know it yet,” Solano emphasized on her blog page Math Moments at www.solving4why. “Help your child (and yourself) embrace how much fun math can be by finding math in everyday situations!”


Being Florida Teacher of the Year isn't all work; the title has its perks as well. This past November Solano was able to cross “Attend the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade” off of her bucket list after Macy's invited her and her family to New York for five days, providing them with airfare, VIP tickets for the parade, $500 in spending money, and accommodations at the Marriott Marquis. Solano stated, “I am so grateful for the many memorable experiences that being the 2017 Florida Teacher of the Year has afforded me, and I wish that every educator could know this feeling because they truly deserve it.”

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Jessica Solano teaching her 3rd grade math class

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ith 30 years in agricultural farming and science, Chuck Obern, President of C&B Farms, Clewiston, Florida, and his son, Charles, Jr., or “Boots,” have earned a widespread reputation across the U.S. for consistent quality and management as growers of organic and conventional agricultural specialty produce. With the increase in consumer demand for organics, Obern says, “It has been a long time coming but we now harvest more than fifty types of organic and conventional vegetables including basil, thyme, eggplant, watermelons, and more.” Obern’s interest in agriculture was spurred after his college days at American University, Washington D. C. “I realized I couldn’t stand academics, so I quit and got a ‘no frills’ minimum wage job at a local nursery.” It was a turning point in Obern’s career. Driven by personal ambition and nurtured by his father’s encouragement to go beyond academic success, young Obern forged his own path. „


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As Obern learned about plants and how to keep them healthy, he became a valued nursery employee. The company decided to support his enthusiasm and offered him the use of the company’s greenhouse to cultivate plants; Obern enthusiastically seized the opportunity. After a year of hard work, he was well anointed in horticulture but realized he needed more scientific research to forge ahead. Dr. Mason Marvel, who knew the Obern family when they lived in the exotic trappings of Kuala Lumpar, recommended that Oberon enroll, full-time, in the agricultural program at University of Florida. Working his way through, he had the opportunity to assist professors with their scientific research freeing him to explore and learn more about the complex world of plants. Obern’s academic success, this time around, was fueled by heightened interest and he made the President’s straight “A” list of outstanding students at UF. Now, it was time to turn another page in his career. „


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With only three credits to go before graduation, Obern was hired by a grower in LaBelle and earned his last credits working in the field. Obern said, “It wasn’t the ‘sheepskin’ that mattered to him but the gratification of incorporating academics into practical applications.” He created innovative agricultural practices that involved improving quality of fruits/vegetables, creating new variations, and streamlining production. Then, in 1986, another opportunity arose as Obern was offered a share in a piece of land to part-time farm vegetables. This was the birth of C&B Farms. Starting from scratch in this new commercial venture, Obern initiated a nutrition and disease prevention plan. “Plants produce their own natural pesticides which today are synthetically modified, applied in the field to control infestations of insects and disease and stimulate the plant’s immunity system which results in more efficient utilization of nutrients increasing production of food/fiber yields essential for economic success.” Mike Counts, C&B Sales Manager who has worked 20 years at various organic and conventional agriculture companies says, “When I came to work at C&B, we launched an expansive marketing plan to grocery stories/commercial markets, integrating applied academic practices with established procedures and experimental applications to increase production and income.” „




“We run a tight production schedule,” says Counts. “Nothing grows year round, so we start planting in August and harvest October through June, the growing season may last 30 to 120 days depending on the crop grown. When our produce is harvested, it is shipped within 24 hours with a ceiling of 36 hours to arrive at its destination. In the meantime, we continue to mulch and weed. There is no down time in the agricultural business. Presently, we grow more than fifty types of conventional and organic vegetables on 2,500 acres with $18 million dollars in sales.” Driving through the Farm, the symmetrical rows of lush collards, corn, cucumbers, squash cabbage, beets, eggplant, cucumbers, bell peppers, organic marjoram, mint, cilantro, parsley, rosemary and many more are planted. “We use plastic sheets to hold in the water on some of our raised beds,” says Obern. “Quality is emphasized in every phase of our production and all of our produce is sold before it is planted.” Obern (father and son) personally oversee the entire operation along with a trusted team of employees who know their job, company requirements and state/federal regulations. “Every week, Counts, Tommy Armata, also in sales, and I hold a meeting with team leaders to assess quality and growing procedures, pesticide application, fertilization, harvesting, soil regeneration and the time table for planting. We do on-site composting, shipping in horse manure from a large Boca Raton Racetrack to amend the soil and stabilize continuous enrichment inducing growth of the crops.” Obern adds that “horse manure has no pesticide residue and after composting, no pathogens.” In today’s commodity market, agriculture is based on “economy of scale.” High-end customers who purchase organic fruits and vegetables look for the USDA “Certified Organic” label at the grocery store. Organic producers/packers must meet specific USDA accreditation and requirements


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for growing fruits and vegetables. “There must be no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or dyes used and the produce must not be processed using industrial solvents: biological control of insects is acceptable,” explains Obern. According to the USDA, the goal of organic farming is to integrate culture, biological, and mechanical practices into food production that fosters cycling resources, promotes ecological balance, and conserves biodiversity. Obern adds that “organic, however, is a perception, as some herbicides were originally discovered from plants and some soil micro-organisms. The public is not informed about what is organic and not organic, as organics are not pesticide free. Neem oil is naturally derived from a seed as the tree has a natural chemical defense that is toxic and repels insects. However, some naturally produced toxins cannot be used in organics. For example, nicotine is natural but it is toxic if consumed by humans and cannot be used on edible crops. Government regulations determine what is considered to be organic or conventional.” What is important in growing organics? Obern says it “has to do with how we ‘feed’ our plants. We use natural fertilizer, such as chicken feathers, meal, and natural potassium sulfate such as potassium from the sea. We also use compost on the organic crops for soil amendment. A third party, accredited by the USDA for quality assurance and certification, reviews Farmers/packers products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets maximum tolerant safety levels for every pesticide, both organic and conventional.” Another agricultural concern in the U.S. is the threat of competition from cheaper and less quality imported produce. “In America, we are financially liable for safe food production. We should require all foreign agricultural importers to hold money as a security bond if their product is determined to be harmful so the American consumer is protected; however, that is considered to be an impediment to trade by some. In


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Florida, we need better vigilance over imported produce as we import fifty percent of our produce from Mexico and other countries. Even though it is monitored by the USDA, some of the illegal drugs are packed and shipped in produce,” says Obern. Since C&B is proud of their locally grown produce, bringing it to market is more costly. “The wholesale and retail price is affected by higher transportation and carbon miles; but people want a ‘fresh taste.’ Competition from foreign markets results in a 30-50% disparity in price between U.S. grown and cheaper imported produce. Forty percent of our cost is for labor, which is a big difference, compared to the cost of foreign labor. It is difficult to match imported food prices as they don’t have the same growing restrictions or labor charges. In the United States, the price of wholesale vegetables generally decreases at the end of the month due to the biggest payer, the U.S. Government, for entitlement programs at the beginning of the month.” “In commercial agriculture in the U.S., it is an economic challenge every year and each year is different,” states Obern, however, he emphatically adds, “It our dedication, as commercial growers, to produce quality crops to preserve future generations.”

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The Smithsonian Museum Waterways Exhibit By Sharie Turgeon Photography by Sharon Cannon Reception Photography by Sharie Turgeon Okeechobee County was selected as one of thirty-six communities throughout the United States to host an interactive and unique exhibit that speaks about our relationship to water. The Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit graced the halls of the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse in Okeechobee, FL from December 17, 2016 -January 28, 2017. This wonderful opportunity began with a local visit from a representative, Alex Buell of the Florida Humanities Council who said he was scouting for a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit that was all about water. „

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O ke e c h o b e e C o u n t y To u r i s t Development Council (TDC) applied to host the event and was awarded the exhibit along with a State Grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The request was to encourage the community to come together in a cooperative effort to not only celebrate the local waterways but to educate the community on the importance of water in their lives. The Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit featured poster panels and interactive touch screens, all which explores the close connection between humankind and access to clean, fresh water. There’s no place better to explore that connection than with Lake Okeechobee. The word Okeechobee comes from the Seminole Indian language "Oki" (water) and "Chubi" (big) and means "big water." Lake Okeechobee supplies water for millions of people and acres of agricultural lands. The lake also provides habitat for many species of game, birds and fish. It also connects the Kissimmee River ecosystem with the vast marshes and woodlands of Everglades National Park, including the estuary of Florida Bay. Considering Lake Okeechobee is the centerpiece of a vast watershed running from Orlando to Florida Bay and connected to both coasts, it is only fitting that this great lake and the community of Okeechobee was selected by the Smithsonian. „

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Coordinated through the Florida Humanities Council, Okeechobee County TDC joined in partnership with Okeechobee Main Street and the local Heartland Library Cooperative to develop a program that made this exhibit one to remember. Bridgette Waldau, Okeechobee Main Street Arts and Culture Director, was able to connect with the well-known and respected water conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey. Working with the Guy Harvey team, Waldau arranged for an art exhibit to be included along side the Smithsonian interactive display. The art exhibit was a series of Guy Harvey’s salt and freshwater originals and giclees. Dr. Harvey’s works included paintings of blue marlin, snook, redfish, largemouth bass, manatees and other aquatic creatures, all decorating the walls surrounding Smithsonian display.

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Okeechobee County Public Library, who is a part of the Heartland Library Cooperative, presented a smaller exhibit of model steamships used to tell the story of waterways throughout Florida. On loan from the Florida Wildlife Commission was a 50-gallon aquarium with living examples of some of the fish that are found in the local waterways.There were also items and pictures on loan from the Okeechobee Historical Society as well as private citizens that represent Okeechobee's historical connection to the local waterways. An opening reception for the Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit was held opening night, December 17, 2016. The reception was well attended and hosted by Okeechobee Main Street. „

One of the fourteen pieces of Guy Harvey's artwork. "Blue Moon" Giclee #8/10

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Attendees not only interacted with the exhibit but also listened to guest speakers. Special guests included Gary Ritter, Okeechobee City Councilman; Noel Chandler, Okeechobee City Councilman; Okeechobee City Mayor Dowling Watford; Terry Burroughs, Okeechobee County Commissioner; Gary Harve Outpost President Mark Ellert; GHO managing director-lodging operations Chris Pollock and GHO travel journalist Sue Cocking.

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Many people visited the Smithsonian Museum Waterways exhibit, along with the showing of Guy Harvey’s art from Okeechobee and outside the area. Organized local school children and educational groups were given private educational tours. Okeechobee, along with everyone who worked on the exhibit, were honored and proud to have had the opportunity to present this prestigious and informative showing.

Guest speaker Gary Ritter, Assistant Director of Government & Community Affairs Florida Farm Bureau Federation and Okeechobee City Councilman

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Tradition of the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo By Katy Fassler and Pamela Glinski Photography by Bill Wright and courtesy Arcadia Rodeo Committee Rance Bellflower

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Honored traditions are passed from generation to generation as a gift of remembrance, a strengthening of family bonds, and a building block of community. The Arcadia Rodeo is rich with history, pride, and tradition. This March marks the 89th Annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo, and it's set to be a historical event, not simply for the participants from all over the country but for the community of DeSoto County. „

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Jen Jeans carrying the American Flag during the Grand Entry

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The Arcadia Rodeo began with a humble start, a fundraiser for the American Legion in 1928. The American Legion chapter in Arcadia, an organization focused on serving veterans and the community needed to raise funds for a new building. The event was an overwhelming success with the help and participation of then Governor of Florida, Doyle E. Carlton, the Lion’s Club, Shriners, the Wauchula band, and even a group of Seminole Native Americans. That initial rodeo raised enough funds that the American Legion was able to pay off their new building in only four years. Since then, the community has rallied around the event and passionately fought to keep this great tradition alive for future generations. The Arcadia Rodeo has continued through wars, financial depressions,

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and difficult times, but it has moved locations from the Limestone Community of Desoto County to the Welles Arena, then to its current location at the Arcadia All-Florida Championship Arena on Heard Street. Now, thanks to a $3 million grant from The Mosaic Company Foundation and numerous donors providing millions more, a new arena is being constructed this year. While it is a bittersweet change, the current location has passed the point of financially effective repairs, and the rodeo community has pulled together to make the dream of a new facility a reality. Groundbreaking occurred January 6th with the arena projected Heartland LIVING February March 2017


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to be completed this Fall. The new Mosaic Arena, neighboring the Turner Agri-Civic Center, will have 7,796 seats, VIP areas, two 20 stall barns, additional parking, the Pat and Leona Hansel Media Center, and the 2,000 square foot William “Kayo” G. Welles Florida Cowboy Museum. “Every inch of this facility has been meticulously planned to not only improve upon an already successful rodeo but be a five-star facility our grand kids can enjoy with pride.” Rancher Sandra Welles, whose late husband's name will g race the Florida Cowboy Museum, grew up in Arcadia and knows the community and family pride that has surrounded this tradition. Kayo Welles' grandfather, Ed, helped promote and financed the rodeo from 1938 until he passed away in 1950. When asked how she felt about the honor bestowed on her husband of 56 years, Welles said, “I'm extremely proud. Though, knowing him, he probably would not want the recognition.


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There were so many people over the years that pitched in; they all should be recognized.” “We had a lot of good cowboys here in Arcadia. We didn't have to go far to get people to participate,” Welles explained. “I grew up in rodeo, as my daughters did.” Now, her granddaughter, Berkleigh “Bleu” Hale, participates in events like barrel racing in high school youth rodeo, a way of life ingrained in many in the agricultural community. In a March 2016 News Press article, Welles described Kayo as a “true son of the Heartland” who was just as at ease in a bank

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meeting as he was in the saddle working alongside his ranch hands. Still an advocate for the rodeo, a fundraiser, and a donor to the building fund, Sandra Welles said she would “absolutely” be at the arena's opening this Fall. “This is going to be a good thing for the community. There are so many people that have worked long and hard to make this come about,” Debbie Carlton said of the new facility. Carlton's father, Pat Hansel was a stock contractor, producer, and announcer at the Arcadia Rodeo for 25 years, from the late 1950s until his retirement in 1981. She and her husband, Doyle, have made a donation to be used for the new announcer's booth/ media center, which will be named in perpetuity in honor of both of her parents, Pat and Leona Hansel. Leona Hansel was the daughter of Zeb Parker, one of the rodeo's founding fathers. “I am just thrilled we are able to do this in their names. I think dad would be so well pleased,”


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With 94 percent of Arcadia Rodeo attendees currently coming from outside the county, the $6 million Mosaic Arena is expected to attract even more spectators and participants, as well as help support local businesses and organizations. „

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Ground Breakers (L-R): Debbie Carlton, Doyle Carlton, Sandra Welles, Ben Hill Griffin, Terry Welles, Susie Welles, Don T. Hall, Heather Nedley, Katherine Marks and James S. Parker

There are hopes that the new multipurpose facility will provide not only expanded rodeo seating but also be a potential venue for more events. “Given the success of the rodeo, a new arena is something the DeSoto community has contemplated for many years. We are grateful to our many donors, including The Mosaic Company Foundation. This is a significant undertaking and we are pleased the Foundation, donors, and communityat-large share in our vision for a vibrant DeSoto County,” says Don T. Hall, Arcadia Rodeo President. Af f iliated with the P r o fe s s i o n a l R o d e o Cowboys Association (PRCA) since 1973, the Arcadia Rodeo hosts a variety of professional, championship, children's and local events, including classes and entertainment. Kids can participate throughout the year in bull riding, barrel racing, mutton busting, and a crowd favorite, calf scramble. Those in attendance can watch other events such as roping, barrel racing,


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here’s nothing quite like the taste of a garden-fresh vegetable, their crisp flavor and vibrant textures are like none other. The taste is almost as good as the feeling of knowing that they came from your garden. With Spring right around the corner, now is the time that you need to start planting warm-season crops. Warmseason vegetables usually produce a harvest throughout June; some examples are beans, corn, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce (all varieties), onion, peas, squash and tomatoes. If this is your first time planting a garden, it is best to start small. A suggested plot size would be approximately 16x10 feet giving you 11 rows, each being 10 feet long. The key to a plentiful garden starts with the location of your plot. It needs to be in a sunny location that received at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day and has proper drainage. Also, make sure the soil in that location is rich with nutrients or that you supplement the soil with compost prior to planting. „

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We install, repair and offer planned maintenance of air and heating systems, pool heat pumps and ice machines.

Spring is a great time for routine maintenance and annual cleanings

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February March 2017


BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS 8-10 Medium to Large Beef Short Ribs (Note: 2 per serving) 1 Medium onion sliced Seasonings: Garlic Powder Smoked Paprika Worcestershire Sauce Soy Sauce ½ cup Dried Minced Onions ½ cup Red Wine ½ cup Ketchup 2 T. Flour ½ jar Whole Pepperoncini (Greek Peppers)

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• Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line roasting pan with two layers of heavy duty aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray. Layer onion in bottom of pan. Rinse short ribs to remove bone shavings. Nestle ribs in onions. Rub with back of spoon 2 teaspoons ketchup. Sprinkle flour over ribs Season starting with worchestershire and soy sauce, then dry seasonings. Pour ½ jar of Greek peppers; being sure to place one whole pepper on each rib. Pour pepper liquid and red wine into pan. • Cover tightly and begin roasting. After 1-2 hours, you may remove aluminum foil (if ribs are browned) and continue to roast. Ribs are done when meat easily separates from bone. If necessary, add additional liquid so that onions and ribs do not burn and blacken.


CHEF By Layne Prescott

SQUASH CASSEROLE 4 - 6 medium/large yellow squash 1 large onion, slivered ½ stick butter (divided) 1 cup sour cream 2 cups shredded cheese (divided)-your choice Note: sharp cheddar, mixed Colby/Jack Salt & Pepper Garlic powder 1 sleeve Ritz Crackers (roughly crushed) • Clean squash and scrape any dark spots on skin. Remove ends. Slice squash ¼ inch half-moons. In 2 T butter, sauté slivered onions until just tender. Add squash to onions, season then remove from heat. • In skillet or in bowl, add sour cream, 1 cup cheese and ½ sleeve crushed Ritz crackers. Spray 9 x 13 baking dish with butter cooking spray. Place squash/onion into baking dish. • Top with remaining cheese. In emptied skillet, melt remaining 2 T. butter and add remaining crushed Ritz crackers stirring to combine. • Top squash casserole with crackers. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Do NOT overcook.

MAMA’S SOUTHERN STYLE FRESH GREEN BEANS A mess of green beans (amount depends on how many serving) 1 small onion (slivered) 4 - 6 slices of good bacon-1/2 inch slice 1 chicken bouillon Salt & Pepper Garlic powder • Prepare green beans; wash and remove ends. Place in bowl and add water just until reaches top of green beans. Nestle bouillon down into water and green beans. Allow to sit while preparing bacon and onions. • In 4-5 quart Dutch oven, brown sliced bacon. Add onions into bacon. • Add green beans and liquid to Dutch oven. Season with S&P and garlic powder (salt sparingly) On medium heat bring green beans’ liquid to boil. Reduce heat. Do NOT cover. • Stir to combine making sure that bouillon has dissolved. Cook just until tender.

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Serving Central Florida since 1946.

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Cang Tong

Japanese Steak House + Sushi + Chinese 110 Sebring Square | Sebring | 863.386.1924 Enjoy dining in a casual comfortable atmosphere at our new location with a new menu. Personal Chefs prepare your meal the way you want it, right at your table. Try our unique variety of sushi rolls including everyone’s favorite roll the OMG, it consists of spicy salmon and avocado topped with avocado and sweet delicious mango. We also have a wide variety of Chinese specialties. Come visit us for a fun experience and a melt in your mouth taste. Take-out or Delivery and Catering | Menu Highlights: Daily Sushi Roll specials, Hibachi Filet Mignon and Lobster, Sesame Chicken, Lo Mein, Fried Cheesecake. Sunday - Thursday | 11 am – 9 pm Friday and Saturday | 11 am –10 pm

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Eighteen East

Restaurant and Bar 18 East Main Street | Avon Park | 863.453.1818 Downtown Avon Park Eighteen East is a restaurant and bar in the heart of downtown Avon Park, serving the area’s best steaks. We offer a large selection of American food with creative new menu items added regularly. The historic brick décor gives a pub-type atmosphere where local artists perform throughout the week. Eighteen East is a favorite with locals and a guaranteed enjoyable experience. Appetizers: Pan Seared Ahi-Tuna; Hog Wings; Grilled Chicken Nachos Entrees: Eighteen East Signature Burger; Prime Rib Reuben; Filet; Giant Shrimp Ravioli. Full Top Shelf liquor, Beer and Wine. Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 4 pm - 9 pm Call for Live Entertainment Schedule.

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Island View

Lakefront Restaurant & Pub 5223 Sun N Lake Blvd.| Sebring | 863-382-1191 Island View Lakefront Restaurant offers a unique dining experience like no other in Highlands County. We offer a variety of great American food from fried green tomatoes, ribs, and a variety of sandwiches to our Friday Night Prime Rib dinners. Our Sunset Dining menu includes dinner and house beer, wine or soda starting at $12.00. Monday – Saturday 11 am – 8 pm Sunday 11 am – 5:30 pm Bar Services and Light Sandwiches Served Sunset Dining: Monday – Saturday 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Reservations are always recommended 863-382-1191

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High Noon Café & Crystal Ballroom at The OK Corral Gun Club

9449 NE 48th Street | Okeechobee | 863-357-2226 Casual gourmet lunch served daily in an atmosphere of rustic southern elegance with a stylish western flair. Tantalizing mouth-watering appetizers prepared by our Executive Chef include: The Corral Thai Chili Chicken Wings, Florida Gator Bites and Pulled Pork Quesadillas along with assorted creative Flatbread Pizzas. Local specialties inspire signature entrees like the American Bison Sloppy Joe and the hearty OK Corral Burger. Sit back and relax anytime with your favorite beer, wine and spirits dining inside or on the porch. Host your holiday and special event and for up to 300 guests for an unforgettable celebration! BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY NOW! GRILLIN' CHILLIN' SHOOTIN' Lunch Served 7 Days a Week 11 am – 4 pm Sunday Brunch Buffet 10 am - 2 pm (Reservations Preferred) Friday Night Steak and Clays Meetings, Holiday Events, Wedding and Corporate Outings

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Papa John’s Pizza 935 Sebring Sq. | Sebring | 863-386-1177 At Papa John’s we strive to create great dining experiences through authentic, superior-quality products, legendary customer service and exceptional community service. We pride ourselves in providing a menu that’s prepared with only the finest ingredients from fresh vegetables to our never frozen, hand-tossed original dough and superior-quality tomato sauce. We are committed to exceeding your expectations. Family Style Restaurant | Take -Out| Food Delivery Service Locally Owned, GeoDev Pizza, Inc. by George A. Hall and Devon P. Donaldson Open 7 Days 11 am - 11 pm Carry out 11 am - 9:40 pm

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The Twisted Teapot Tea Room 200 First Street South | Winter Haven | 863-299-5000 The Twisted Teapot is dedicated to providing an unforgettable afternoon tea experience with quality food and exceptional service. Customers comes first, whether it's catering to a special need or delivering a truly unforgettable experience for a special occasion. Serving specialty teas, quiches, sandwiches, salads and soups. Available for private parties and catering. Open Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 3 pm Reservations are highly recommended

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Godiva Chocolate Martini

1 1/2 shots GodivaŽ chocolate liqueur 1 1/2 shot of crème de cacao 1/2 shot vodka 2 1/2 shots half-and-half

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Mix all ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass.

Taste of the

Chocolate- Covered Strawberries

Ingredients 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped 1 pound strawberries with stems (about 20), washed and dried very well Directions Put the semisweet and white chocolates into 2 separate heatproof medium bowls. Fill 2 medium saucepans with a couple inches of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off the heat; set the bowls of chocolate over the water to melt. Stir until smooth. (Alternatively, melt the chocolates in a microwave at half power, for 1 minute, stir and then heat for another minute or until melted.)

Once the chocolates are melted and smooth, remove from the heat. Line a sheet pan with parchment or waxed paper. Holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the fruit into the dark chocolate, lift and twist slightly, letting any excess chocolate fall back into the bowl. Set strawberries on the parchment paper. Repeat with the rest of the strawberries. Dip a fork in the white chocolate and drizzle the white chocolate over the dipped strawberries. Set the strawberries aside until the chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.

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Private studio teaching you how to paint step-by-step in a relaxed and fun setting. It's the perfect place to get together and enjoy time painting with friends while sipping your favorite beverage.

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Small class size promises personalized instruction and a lot of fun! Treat yourself to time away from the stress of the outside world and take a painting home with you!

Okeechobee’s Original Paint & Sip Studio

Give the gift of Art Gift Certificates Available

All classes taught by professional artist Bridgette Waldau. 863-467-7300

The Little Yellow Cottage on the Corner

111 NE 2nd Street - Suite A



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6555 US HWY 27 South - Sebring, FL 33876

February 11 & 12

11th Annual

Top of the

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Art Fest In Beautiful Flagler Park

Saturday 10 am - 5 pm & Sunday 10 am - 3 pm

Fine Art - Artisan Crafts Chalk Walk Street Painting on Sand Sculpture Admissi Art Gallery is Free! featuring Local and Student Artists Children's Art Activity Area! Entertainment, Food & More!

Also featuring

A Taste of Okeechobee!

In Downtown Okeechobee

February 11 - Saturday Evening - 4-7pm

of Okeechobee

After enjoying the art, stroll Park Street in Downtown Okeechobee and taste the flavors of local restaurants. Passport tickets ($25.00) with a chance to win prizes and vote for “People’s Choice”

Limited amount of tickets will be sold - Presale tickets are available at Okeechobee Main Street Office and on OKMS website.

Sponsored in part by:

Main Street Office: 55 South Parrott Ave.

OKMS CORPORATE SPONSORS: Bank of America - Big Lake Cancer Center OneBlood - Quail Creek Plantation Syfrett Feed Co. - Seacoast National Bank

Okeechobee Main Street Event For information contact OKMS at 863-357-6246

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SCS Engineering John Jones discovers injured American Eagle at Okeechobee Landfill

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The eagle is being rehabilitated locally and will be released back into the wildlife habitat at Okeechobee Landfill. Okeechobee is certified by the National Wildlife Habitat Council and dedicates 2,000 of its 4,000 acre property to wildlife. Pictured left: SCS John Jones and Arnold’s Wildlife employee Lisa Martin.

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Waste Management natural gas fleet is currently 5,523 natural gas trucks,the largest of its kind in the waste industry!

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Open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Open Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed Sunday and Monday

863-453-3903 Serving all of Florida Se Habla Espańol

In Highlands County since 1982 1500 US Highway 27 South - Avon Park



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Lakeland Art Crawl



By Ellen Chastain Photography by Gregory Mills & Lauren Plunkett

Artist Christina Eve

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Artist Robb Johnson


rt Crawl is a free fall art festival serving as a catalyst to celebrate the emergence of new and innovative artists in and around Central Florida. This year, Art Crawl boasted over 50 local artists from over 20 different cities in Central Florida selling artwork and competing for prizes alongside live music, live art demonstrations and featured local organizations and sponsors that proactively support the arts. Art Crawl is focused on building relationships with artists, art organizations, sponsors and the community to bring about awareness, support and collaboration. This annual juried art festival is an accessible venue for art collection, entertainment and FUN!

Artist Jacoub Reye

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(Above): First place winner Gregory Jones of Lakeland with Richard Olivia (Right): Detail artwork of artist Kimberly Wyant






Years Okeechobee County “Kicks Off” the 2017 Centennial year! By Sharie Turgeon Photography by Sharon Cannon

Okeechobee County Centennial committee kicked off the Centennial year on Saturday January 21, 2017 with a “dancing in the streets” event. The Kick Off Celebration was an evening event that hosted a variety of activities for all age groups and interests. The Kick Off event venue was the 1926 Historic County Courthouse which is the subject of the Centennial logo that was designed by local Artist Bridgette Waldau. The event had a variety of food options from local non profits and the Gourmet Food Truck Expo. Games and activities for the youngsters, along with photo booth and dunk tank. Historical timeline banners led the way to the Smithsonian WaterWay exhibit in the courthouse. The Okeechobee County Centennial Committee partnered with the Historical Society to sell Centennial Speaker Series tickets, commemorative rifle tickets, Centennial tumblers, lapel pins, historical prints, books and more. The Centennial Committee would like to thank the special guests that attended which included both County Commissioners and City Councilman as well as the Centennial Sponsors. Sponsorships are still available. For more information contact Sharie Turgeon at (863) 763-3959.

Frank "Sonny" and Betty Williamson

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Okeechobee County Firefighters (L-R) Gio Tunac, Denise Ferrell (Volunteer Firefighter) and Chad Jackson

(L-R): David Hazellief, County Commissioner; Brad Goodbred, County Commissioner; Robbie Chartier, County Administrator and Kelly Owens, County Commissioner (In attendance but not pictured: County Commissioners Terry Burroughs and Bryant Culpepper)

Members of the Centennial Committee

City Mayor Dowling Watford celebrate the Centennial and his birthday with Waste Management Cycle the Robot

Waste Management of Okeechobee booth

Bridgette and Jim Waldau enjoy the Waterways exhibit

Above: Judge Jerry Bryant with Laurel and Randy McCall

Chris Stanley and daughter Rhya strike a pose in the photo booth.


By Cindy Sebring Adams

Tanglewood Art League's 7th annual Art Exhibition and Sale took place on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the clubhouse in the Community Room Gallery. Tanglewood Art League’s Norma Evans, president and Judith Eckstein, secretary invited me to attend and I must say everyone put their best foot forward. The 2017 theme "Art in the Park" was created by Joyce Robbins, committee chair and her committee worked hard to assure those who attended had a relaxing, inspirational and fun afternoon. While guests walked and enjoyed looking and purchasing their favorite art pieces, they also enjoyed refreshments while sitting on benches donated by Lowe’s. The art league had two raffle drawings. One was an original painting by Cathy Futral, retired Professor of Art at South Florida State College. The second were two Waterford crystal wine goblets donated by June George, a member of the art league. All proceeds of the raffle will go a scholarship fund where an art student attending South Florida State College will receive a monetary grant, which is presented at the Student Art Reward Reception. (Above): Painting by Kathy Futral to be raffled off for SFSC Scholarship (Left): Art of Loretta DeWitt, from the “The World Of Imagination"

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Art by Bob Clarke Judith Eckstein, Secretary and Norma Evans, President of Tanglewood Art League

Steve Waitkus with Fred Leavitt

Artist Kathie Carr

Joyce Robbins, Committee Chair with her paintings

Sue Cornelius

Steve & Nancy Waitkus

Art of Loretta DeWitt, from the “The World Of Imagination"

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52nd Annual


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Live Music in the Tiki Wednesday night from 5-8pm & Sunday Afternoons from 3-6pm Inside Stage - Live Music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Free Line Dancing Lessons: Tuesday 6pm-8pm FEBRUARY

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DeSoto County February 11

March 9-12

Downtown Market Place

All Championship Rodeo

Hendry County February 10 – 18

Hendry County Fair

9am – 3:30 pm | Historic Downtown | Arcadia

Rodeo Arena | Heard Street Arena | Arcadia

710 South Francisco Ave. | Clewiston

February 25

March 11

February 25 – 26

AYRA Youth Rodeo

Downtown Market Place

10am | Heritage Street Arena | Arcadia

9am – 3:30 pm | Historic Downtown | Arcadia March 17

Orange Blossom Festival

9am – 6pm | Joshua Citrus | Arcadia March 18

Pioneer Day & BBQ Rib Cook Off DeSoto Veterans Park | Arcadia

Swamp Cabbage Festival 10am | Barron Park | Labelle

Highlands County February 10 – 18

Highlands County Fair

County Fairgrounds | Sebring February 11 & 12

Bike Sebring 12/24

Sebring International Raceway | Sebring

Glades County March 3 & 4

Chalo Nitka Festival & Rodeo Chalo Nitka Park | Moore Haven

Hardee County

February 14

Send Me Missions Dinner Downtown 6pm - 8pm | Heritage Park | Wauchula February 17 & March 17

Movies in the Park

9am – 4pm | Downtown Sebring February 25

Race to Taste Gala

Sundown | Heritage Park | Wauchula

6pm – 10pm | Civic Center | Sebring

February 18 - 25

February 25 & 26

76th Annual Hardee County Fair

Sebring Seafood & Music Festival

February 18 & March 18

March 4 & 5

770 Recreation Complex Drive | Wauchula

Heirlooms & Originals

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8am – 3pm | Heritage Park | Wauchula

February March 2017

Open Mic


February 11

30th Annual Roaring 20s Festival

February 20 & March 20 6pm – 8pm | Heritage Park | Wauchula

10am | International Raceway | Sebring

1st Annual Fine Arts Show Downtown | Lake Placid March 15 – 18

65th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring International Raceway | Sebring

Okeechobee County 2nd Thursday of Each Month Feb. 9 & Mar. 9

Family Fun Night in the Park featuring Gourmet Food Trucks 5pm – 9pm | Flagler Park | Okeechobee

February 11

Taste of Okeechobee A part of the Top of the Lake Art Fest 4pm – 7pm | Downtown Park Street | Okeechobee

February 11 & 12 Top of the Lake Art Festival Sat. 10am - 5pm Sun. 10am -3pm Flagler Park| Okeechobee

February 17 – 19 Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo Fred Smith Arena | Okeechobee

February 25 – 26 Bass Bash 12pm – 6pm | Scott Driver Park | Okeechobee

February 25 & 26

Polk County February 18 & 19

Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Art Festival On the Shores of Lake Wailes | Lake Wales

February 23 – 26

Winter Florida Autofest 8am -5pm | Sun 'n Fun Complex | Lakeland

February 24 & 25

Lake Wales Mardis Gras 9:30am – 10pm | Downtown | Lake Wales


February | March 2017

February 26 & 25

Ribs on the Ridge Lake Eva Park | Haines City

March 4 & 5

Bloomin’ Arts Festival 10am – 5pm | Downtown | Bartow

March 7

The Florida Philharmonia Orchestra Presents Free “Concert of The Classics” 7:30pm | College Heights United Methodist Church 942 South Blvd. | Lakeland

Battle of Okeechobee 10am – 4pm | Battlefield Historic Park | Okeechobee

March 2 - 5 Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Sunshine Groves | Okeechobee

March 9

Lakeland Food Truck Rally 6pm – 9pm | Munn Park | Lakeland

March 11

March 11 & 12

52nd Annual Speckled Perch Festival and Parade 10am - 3pm | Parade Sat. 10am Flagler Park | Okeechobee

March 11 & 12

Lakeland Spring Obsession 8am – 3pm | Munn Park | Lakeland

March 18 & 19

Central Park Art Festival 10am – 4pm | Central Park | Winter Haven

Florida’s Cowtown Rodeo 2pm | 1885 Hwy 441 North | Okeechobee

March 14 – 19 Okeechobee County Fair Agri-Civic Center | Okeechobee

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Heartland LIVING Feb-Mar 2017 Issue  

Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...

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Heartland Living is published bimonthly by Heartland Publications & Marketing. Serving the Heartland of Florida - Sebring, FL - we highlight...