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Immokalee to host Seminole Shootout


IMMOKALEE — Take a trip back in time as Seminole War reenactments will be played out in Immokalee.

The Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment and Rodeo will be held from March 6 to March 8.

First performed in the late 1990s, the Seminole Shootout brings together reenactors in soldier and warrior attire with authentic weapons and tactics, plus pyrotechnics to simulate cannon blasts.

They reenact a typical battle from the Second Seminole War, which ranged from 1835 through 1842 and is the longest and costliest Indian conflict in U.S. history.

Reenactment events are slated for 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on March 6, and 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on March 7 and March 8.

This is the third year it will be held on the Immokalee Reservation. All events will be held at the John Jimmie Memorial Arena and the Immokalee Youth Camp, located at 1195 East Main Street, adjacent to the Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee.

Rodeo events will be held March 7, with bulls and broncs scheduled for March 8.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Rita Youngman. Also featured will be alligator wrestling, craft and food vendors, historical and cultural displays, and Seminole and soldier camps.

Tickets, which include the battle reenactments, rodeo and all other activities, are available at Children under 12 are free.