Silver Anniversary Attracts Thousands of People to festival
By Twila Perkins
They showed traditions of the past, stomp dancers, Seminole arts, crafts, an authentic Seminole living village. Seminole historical photos, numerous arts and crafts booths, an array of various foods and of course the neverending alligator wrestling and snake show.
The Silver Anniversary of the Seminole Festival attracted over twenty thousand people throughout the four day activity, February 8-11, 1996
Other activities included; the Little Mr./Miss Seminole Pageant, talent contest, Bill Osceola Roping, PRCA Rodeo, the 2nd Annual Pow wow featuring Indian tribes from throughout the United States and Canada.
The main attraction for the tourist was the pow wow and the dancers also loved it too because it was a contest pow wow, the money prize for first place was $1000 for the adults category. So, there definately was alot of competition, over 200 dancers participated.
The main attraction for the Seminole tribal members was the Seminole clothing contest which featured a first place prize money totaling $300. Tribal members traveled from all the reservations to participate in this event. Most of the clothing worn was made especially for this occasion.
The PRCA Rodeo attracted many tourist, it featured bronc riding, barrel racing, bull dogging, etc.. and the main event being the ever dangerous bull riding.
Little Mr./Miss Seminole showed tribal members aged 5-6 years vying for the prestigious title. The winners were Justin Osceola of the Hollywood reservation winning Little Mr. Seminole and Melanie Jones of the Brighton reservation won the title Little Miss Seminole.
There was so many attractions to see, everyone enjoyed the festival and pow wow and look forward to next years celebration.