By Debby Teich
This month, the Town of Davie will celebrate its unique heritage and roots as an agricultural community. Approximately 15,000 people are expected to attend the Town of Davie’s 81st Orange Blossom Festival, Parade & Rodeo. The event kicks off on Friday, February 23, with the James B. Pirtle Memorial Golf Classic, from 1pm to 5pm, at the Davie Golf and Country Club, 8201 Nova Drive. Later that evening, there will be a free concert at Old Davie School Historical Museum, 6650 Griffin Road, from 6pm to 9pm. The Festival will be held on Saturday, February 24, from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday, February 25, from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
“I have not missed an Orange Festival celebration, since I moved to Davie more than 30 years ago,” said Linda Harrison. “I attended as a child and now I bring my own kids. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate Davie’s heritage with friends and neighbors. Each year gets better and better!”
The Orange Blossom Festival will feature more than 250 displays and will take place down Orange Drive, from Davie Road west to S.W. 66th Terrace. Free activities for both days include an arts & crafts show, fine arts show, musical entertainment, “Cowboy Town,” Native American display, animal farm, western carriage display, commerce corner, information displays, and green product displays. There will be free concerts on Saturday and Sunday as well. There will also be a free kids’ corner that includes inflatables, activities, and vendors.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Rockin’ Through the Years.” The parade will begin at 10am on Saturday and will proceed down Davie Road between Orange Drive and S.W. 39th Street. More than 80 floats, marching bands, youth groups and others are expected to participate. Awards will be presented to the parade winners after the parade.
Food will be plentiful all weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be an old-fashioned Strawberry Festival at the Davie Woman’s Club, 6551 Orange Drive. Fresh strawberries and homemade shortcake will be served, as well as other strawberry creations. Just like in the old west, guests can also purchase fresh home-grown vegetables and fruits at the old fashion farmers market. There will also be a large food court with everything from burgers and fries to gyros available for purchase.
Family entertainment will take place on both days throughout the festival. In addition to the free concerts on Saturday and Sunday, visitors will also have an opportunity to see an authentic rodeo on Saturday at 7:30pm, and Sunday at 2pm at the Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road. Real cowboys and cowgirls from around the world will compete for championship titles as they challenge 2,000-pound bulls, ride bare back, wrestle cattle, barrel race, team rope, and more.
Festival, Parade and Rodeo Parking will be available behind Davie Town Hall and can only be accessed via Davie Road. Parking on the festival grounds is $5 per vehicle. For more information, visit the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts page on the Town of Davie’s website.