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Organizers get ready for 4-H show and sale in Brighton

BRIGHTON –The Seminole Indian 4-H livestock show and sale will take place in Brighton next month at the Fred Smith Rodeo Arena.

The two-day event is a culmination of months of hard work for dozens of 4-H youth.

Last year’s event took place in Big Cypress, but it rotates between the two reservations now. It used to always be held in Brighton.

“About three years ago we started rotating between rodeo arenas,” Aaron Stam, Florida cooperative extension agent, said. “Prior to that, there was a show barn in Brighton, but Hurricane Irma took it down.”

The show takes place March 20 and the sale is on March 21.

Leading up to the event, weigh-ins will take place in Big Cypress, Immokalee and Hollywood on March 18. It’s Brighton’s turn for weigh-ins on March 19.

Jacee Jumper uses her body to keep her steer from veering off course in the show ring during last year’s event at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena in Big Cypress. (Photo Beverly Bidney)

On show night, the “pee wees” begin at 5:30 p.m. and the steers and heifers follow. After the steers the swine show takes place, Stam said.

On sale night, a buyer’s dinner begins at 5 p.m. and the sale itself starts at 6 p.m.

Stam said Tribal vendors are welcome to set up to sell food, crafts and other items.

Those with questions can call (863) 763-5020.

See images from last year’s event and read the story in the Seminole Tribune here.

Damon Scott
Damon is a multimedia journalist for the Seminole Tribune. He has previously been an editor and reporter for digital and print media in Florida and his home state of New Mexico. Send him an email at