The end of February has been an important time in Davie for 80 years. The Orange Blossom Festival is often consider the star of the festivals that are held each year in South Florida. This year’s celebration will build on that reputation.
Ever Wondered Why Davie Celebrates Oranges?
The Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage of Davie and Broward County. Florida’s governor, Napoleon Broward, convinced the legislature to drain some of the Everglades in the early 1900s. Settlers flocked to the area to take advantage of the fertile soil, and established homesteads where they grew vegetables, raised cattle and planted orange groves.
There aren’t as many orange groves today as there were when the land was first settled, but the celebration continues. In fact, the festival has come a long way. In 1937, local farmers set up a picnic area with fruit stands, and invited all their neighbors to join them in honoring a bountiful harvest. A rodeo was added to the festival in the 1940s in recognition of the growth in cattle ranches.
Davie continues to honor its historic roots by organizing a weekend of free fun that attracts kids of all ages from far and near. Mark your calendars for the last weekend in February, starting on Friday, the 24th.
Plan Your Weekend of Free Activities
The 5th Annual James Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, February 24, 2017
The Golf Classic is held in honor of James B. Pirtle, Sr. who founded the Pirtle Construction Company. He was committed to giving back to his community and supported a variety of local charities. He and his company also built approximately 100 schools in Broward County.
The Golf Classic kicks-off the Festival on Friday, February 24, 2017. Players of all skill levels and handicaps are invited to participate to compete for prizes and trophies in a 4-player scramble format.
Kick-Off Concert, February 24, 2017
The Old Davie School Historical Museum on Griffin Road will host a classic rock concert starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 24th. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy an evening that offers music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and more.
The Festival, February 25 and 26, 2017
The Festival will be located on Orange Drive, and the portion of the road devoted to the Festival will be closed off for the two days. There’s a long list of attractions, some of which include over 250 displays, concerts, a Native American display, “Cowboy Town,” and a place with games and activities for the kids.
The arts and crafts show and fine art show are always great places to find unique gifts for birthdays or even Christmas, if you can plan that far ahead! The Davie Pro Rodeo has won numerous awards and it’s an opportunity to see rodeo professionals at work. The rodeos are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, and there is an entrance fee.
The Orange Blossom Parade, February 25, 2017
Local residents and groups are invited to participate in the parade in a number of categories. Awards will be presented at the end of the parade for floats, performances, marching (musical and non-musical), animal and more. If you want to do your own judging, be sure to arrive at the parade route before the 10 a.m. start time!
For additional information on Festival activities, visit the Davie, Florida website.
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