Moore Haven's Chalo Nitka Festival and Frontier Days is Glades County's annual county fair. The Festival in the park, and parade through the city streets culminates the festivities on the 1st Saturday every March, with the Youth Livestock Show and auction held during the week before the Saturday festival day.
One of Florida's oldest continuous festivals, dating back to 1949 when the celebration started commemorating the completion of the paving of Main Street (now called Avenue J) in Moore Haven.
Chalo Nitka means "The Day of the Big Bass" in the Seminole Indian language.
(Video: 2011 Festival Parade - Moore Haven, Florida)
“The Chalo Nitka Festival is really the Glades County Fair, and like fairs in small towns across America, it features homemade food and arts and crafts, carnival rides and beauty queens, but with a special twist, celebrating Glades County’s traditional friendship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida,” says Glades County Economic Development Council and Tourism Development Council executive director Tracy Whirls.
Here's the typical schedule of events and some scenes of recent festivals:
Saturday (1st Saturday in March)
10:00 a.m. Chalo Nitka Festival Parade - U.S. 27 in Moore Haven
11:00 a.m. - Craft and Food Booths Open (Chalo Nitka Park) - admission
11:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies, Music, Entertainment until 4 p.m.
7:00 p.m. Rodeo at Bronson Arena - Barrel Racing, Roping, Tying, Racing, Bull Riding - $5.00 admission
8:00 p.m. Teen Dance (Wiggens Bldg.) - admission
9:00 p.m Adult Dance (Doyle Conner Bldg.) - admission for entrance and coolers
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