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82nd annual Brighton Field Day Festival and Rodeo to be held Feb. 14-16

BRIGHTON — An abundance of Native American dance, art, culture, food, music – including alligator wrestling and a pro rodeo – are expected to bring large crowds to the 82nd annual Brighton Field Day Festival Feb. 14-16 on the Brighton Reservation.

Each of the three days will kick off with a grand entry parade consisting of Tribal officials, royaltyand Native American dancers.

Highlights of the weekend will include scheduled performances by country singer Elizabeth Cook on Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Meko & Pewo Feb. 14 at 7:15 p.m., the PRCA Rodeo on Feb. 14-15 at 3 p.m. and “Xtreme Bulls” Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.

On Feb. 15 the Florida State University Marching Chiefs are scheduled to perform with singer Shannon Reed before the rodeo.

Elizabeth Cook (Courtesy photo)

Daily Native American dance performances will include the Aztec Fire dancers, White Mountain Apache Crown dancers, Zuni dancers and the Haskell Pow Wow Dance and Drum Group.

Competitive freestyle alligator wrestling and a venomous snake show are sure to create thrills for the crowds. A traditional Seminole weapons demonstration, Osceola’s Warrior Legacy, will entertain and educate.

Seminole culture will be on display with clothing and traditional women’s hairstyle contests. Traditional arts and crafts, clothing and jewelry will be for sale along with those from other tribes.

Field Day started in 1938 as an athletic competition between reservations and a chance for Tribal members to enjoy a fun day with one another.

Once the rodeo, food, arts and crafts were added, the event morphed into the massive festival it is now with thousands of visitors attending every year.

Gates open at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 and activities begin at 10 a.m.; gates open at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15 and activities begin at 9:30 a.m.; and gates open at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 and activities begin at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit brightonfieldday.com.

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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at beverlybidney@semtribe.com.
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