|Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park|
This year's event commemorates the 150th anniversary of Florida's largest Civil War battle, which was fought on February 20, 1864. The park is on U.S. 90 in Olustee, 15 miles east of Lake City and 50 miles west of Jacksonville. To find it on your GPS, enter 5815 Battlefield Trail, Olustee, FL.
Admission to this year's event is $10 for adults, $5 for school-age children and free for pre-school kids.
The weekend's events kick off on Friday (Feb. 14) in Lake City and then move to the battlefield for Saturday and Sunday. The main battle reenactments will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern).
Here are some of the highlights of this year's event:
9:00 a.m. - Memorial Service at Oaklawn Cemetery, W. Franklin, Lake City.
9:00 a.m. - Entertainment, arts & crafts, food, etc., in Lake City until 6 p.m.
10:30 a.m. - Parade in Lake City
2:30 p.m. - Period music at Battlefield
3:30 p.m. - Reenactment at Battlefield
9:00 a.m. - Authentic campsites open to the public until 12 noon at Battlefield.
1:30 p.m. - 38th Annual Reenactment of the Battle on the Battlefield.
To learn more about the history of the Battle of Olustee and to see the new mini-documentary on the battle, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/olustee.
To learn more about planned events this year, please visit www.olusteefestival.com.