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Miss Olustee Pageant Winners & Olustee Festival Info

By Tami Stevenson

Last Saturday, the Columbia County School Administrative Complex hosted the Miss Olustee Pageant. Ages 3 months 20 years old competed in their respective classes. The Pageant included a separate Sports Wear, Talent and Photogenic competition.

First Place winners will ride in the annual Olustee parade on February 15th and receive a scholarship.

Above Photo from left to right - 2020 Olustee Pageant Winners:
Molly Sue Wells - Little Miss, Sophie Tyre - Petite Miss, Manda Lyn Perry - Junior Miss holding Tiny Miss - Amelia Rolfe, Anna-Eya Hardman - Miss Olustee, Sadie Lynn Miller - Miss Preteen Olustee.  In front on right: Marley Messer - Baby Miss, and Shira Kate Davis - Miniature Miss. -Photo: Submitted

The Olustee Festival will be held February 14-16, 2020. They will have a new location this year, at Wilson Park on Lake DeSoto in Lake City instead of closing down Marion Street.

On Friday morning Olustee kicks off on a somber note at Oaklawn Cemetery, the burial site of hundreds of unmarked Confederate graves. Each year the Blue-Grey Army, reenactors, and the public join together to pay tribute to these brave men and honor all that lost their lives in the Civil War.

On both Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the festival will offer over 200 hundred booths filled with hand made crafts, one of a kind gifts, along with food vendors. Musicians, dancers, singers, and performers from across the southeast as well as local talent bring the festival to life.

Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday at 12 p.m. where the Blue-Grey Army, elected officials, Miss Olustee, and visiting guests take center stage to welcome everyone to the festival.

At 5 p.m. on Friday, the Lake Desoto Skirmish and Battle of the Ironclads is a sight visitors will not want to miss! Taking place on the shore of Lake Desoto, Confederate troops defend the town of Lake City against the incoming Union troops marching toward Lake City.

Saturday at 10 a.m. the Annual Olustee Parade is scheduled to march down Marion Avenue with hundreds of reenactors, cavalry troopers, historical floats, horse and buggies, and much more.

Lake City’s Historical Museum welcomes everyone to visit the Museum’s Civil War and Patriot Rooms to explore the history of the Olustee Battle and Lake City’s Civil War era. The Fort White High School Thespian Guild will hold performances Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday Feb. 15 at the Museum, located at 157 SE Hernando Avenue in Lake City.

Contact Paulette Lord for more information at 386-961-1243.