Posted by appsoftdev
The 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Olustee went off with a bang this weekend as over 25,000 visitors from across the country filled the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park in Baker County. For those not familiar with this historic battle, it was the largest one fought in Florida during the American Civil War.
Attendees stepped back in time as they crossed the railroad tracks at the park’s entrance and entered a fully operational Civil War camp. The armies of both the Confederate States and the United States were represented in classic grey and blue uniforms as over 2,500 re-enactors took to the field. Festivities took place throughout the day including a medical demonstration, the reenactment itself and the grand ball which is often the highlight of the event.
This year hosted even larger numbers of tourists as the 150th Anniversary was celebrated. Re-enactors from Ohio, Chicago, New York and other Northern states made the trip to Florida to participate. Patriots on both sides of the confrontation were represented as local Floridians, including the Sons of Confederate Veterans participated on behalf of the Confederacy.
Vendors were also on hand selling Civil War era clothing, pipes, food and other gifts. Throughout the camps people enjoyed classic camping with campfire cooking, rustic tents and live music filling the air.
The battle this year was especially spectacular as palm trees and dirt took to the skies in epic explosions. During the original skirmish, 1,861 Union soldiers died in battle as did 946 Confederates. Teams of eight-man crews manned the cannons in the field, creating a true spectacle for the visitors of Olustee.
All in all it was a fun, safe and historical event, commemorating the memories of those who died and the respective causes they fought for. Next year should be just as great and we expect to see even more of you out there with us.
Posted by bakercounty
The 4th Annual Glitz, Glam & Goodies was held on Saturday, February 1st, 2014 from 10am-2pm at the Baker County Ag Center and was a huge success. This event that is geared towards women in the community is usually held in May but was moved to February this year to encourage men to also attend the event to buy some gifts for the special women in their lives for Valentine’s Day. This event was open to Chamber and Non-Chamber members as a way to promote their businesses in the community.
There were three raffle prizes that were donated by Chamber members…$700 worth of furniture was donated by the local Gibson McDonald Furniture Store, a beautiful patio set from Wal-Mart DC #6099, and a 4 day cruise from Country Federal Credit Union, Moonlight Blessings and the Baker County Chamber of Commerce, the raffle winners were drawn and announced at the end of the event.
The vendors that were a part of this event that are Chamber members were Mary Kay Cosmetics showing their make-up and cosmetics, The American Cancer Society, Baker Women’s Political Network, Oldcastle Southern Group, Vitas Innovative Hospice Care and The Baker County Health Department were all giving out information about their organizations, Metabolic Research Center showed their weight loss products, Avon Products-Joyce Hall and the youth department of First Baptist Church of Macclenny sold chicken salad sandwich plates and were a favorite among those attending the event. Vendors that also had booths but that were not members of the Chamber were, Jessica Kittrell -Thirty One Products, Melanie Delaney-Lia Sophia Jewelry, Susan Register-Dixieland Delights, Scrubs-LaSondra Bridges, Debbie Crews- Pampered Chef, Leigh Ann Dubie-Wine Shop at Home Products, Tabitha Blackshear-Cajun Cupcakes, Morgan Craven-Plexus Weight Loss Products, Honey-Judy Altimiller, Rada Cutlery-Nancy Oliver, Joyce Johnson-Tupperware Products and Chocolate Covered Strawberries by Tiffany Spreadbury which we are sure will be a huge hit for women and men with Valentine’s Day coming up. Each of the vendors involved also had a prize to giveaway that was announced at the end of the event.
Entertainment was provided by all the cute little ones involved in the Macclenny Elementary School Glee Club who came and sang a few songs to get the morning started off right and then Anytime Fitness Zumba Instructor Kendra Morgan conducted a Zumba Fitness Class and throughout the day Miss Forestry Queen was walking around, signing autographs and taking pictures.
There were many guests coming in and out of this event throughout the day and the weather could not have been better especially with the county just a few days before having an artic freeze. The vendors were very pleased with the amount of traffic coming to visit their tables during the event and we believe that this was the best and most successful year of this event.
We would like to thank all of the sponsors, vendors, and participants of the 4th Annual Glitz, Glam & Goodies, we know that this was such a success because of your involvement!!!