Okeechobee County “Kicks Off” the 2017 Centennial year!
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 held at the 1926 Historic County Courthouse which is the subject of the Centennial logo that was designed by local Artist Bridgette Waldau. The block in front of the courthouse as well as a lot directly opposite the courthouse entrance were blocked to traffic to allow for foot traffic to move freely from place to place and allow plenty of space to dance and celebrate the beginning of this celebratory year.
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 event had a number of food choices that not only supported local nonprofits that participated but also catered to a variety of tastes. The music was a mix of pop, rock, country and more that brought some enthusiastic dancers out into the street. The BRAT Club and Frank DeCarlo had games and a dunk tank that kept the youngsters busy throughout the evening. A fun photo booth was open to individuals and groups. Local groups were encouraged to come out to the event and provide information on their services and the Girl Scouts were out in droves selling their famous cookies. The County Fire Department were on site showing off not only their emergency vehicles but also some pretty fancy dance moves. The Centennial was on the minds of the public that moved up the courthouse walkway to read and reminisce over the timeline banners which included those from the City of Okeechobee and new additions from the County of Okeechobee. The banners lead guests into the Historic County Courthouse which through the end of January is the venue for the Smithsonian WaterWay exhibit featuring Guy Harvey artwork.
The Okeechobee County Centennial committee would like to thank a number of sponsors, special guests, local businesses and organizations that made this event possible. Legacy Sponsors: Law Office of Cassels & McCall, Okeechobee News, Waste Management. Gold Sponsors: Larson Dairy, Everglades Pediatric Dentistry, Florida Community Health Centers, Century 21 Hazellief & Prevatt, Commissioners and Mrs. Burroughs, Glades Air Conditioning. Silver Sponsors: Domer’s, Inc., Gilbert Family of Companies, Gretchen Robertson State Farm, Okeechobee Livestock Market, Okeechobee Historical Society, Heartland Discount Pharmacy, Mayor & Mrs. Watford. Friends of the Centennial: Okeechobee Utility Authority, Syfrett Feed, Gourmet Food Truck Expo, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Diane Hagan, Supervisor of Elections and WOKC. Special guests included: Sheriff Noel Stephen, County Administrator Robbie Chartier and County Judge Jerry Bryant, Noel Chandler, City Council of Okeechobee, Mayor Dowling Watford, County Commissioner Terry Burroughs, County Commissioner Kelly Owens, County Commissioner Brad Goodbread, County Commissioner David Hazellief, and County Commissioners Bryant Culpepper. Special thanks to the vendors at the event: 1 Stop Party Shop, DP Productions, Delagalls, Elks, Gourmet Food Truck Expo, City of Okeechobee Public Works, Okeechobee Historical Society and Okeechobee County staff.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available for more information or to become involved in future Centennial events contact Sharie Turgeon at (863) 763-3959.