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One of the Top 10 Events in the Southeast, the award winning, Olustee Battle Festival and Civil War Reenactment! We strive to insure our message and event information is available to all of our media partners and interested outlets. We invite you to view our Media Guide that is specifically designed with relevant and new information about all the exciting things going on at this year’s festival and reenactment. You may also be interested in our frequently asked questions and press release section that provides up to date news on our events.
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Olustee Fast Facts
How much is it to attend the festival?
The Festival is free and open the public.
What time is the festival open?
The festival is open Friday and Saturday 9am to 5pm both days. A full schedule of events can be found at www.olusteefestival.com
How much is it to attend the battle reenactment?
Admission is $10 Adult, $5 Student, Children 5 and under FREE.
What times are the reenactments at the Battlefield?
There is a battle reenactment on Saturday and Sunday during the event. On Saturday the tactical battle is held at 3:30 PM. On Sunday the actual battle reenactment of Olustee is held at 1:30 PM. Space fills up fast so be sure to get there early to get a seat or you may bring your own.
Where can I or my family stay during the event?
Accommodations can be found at a verity of hotels in Lake City, FL. Please visit www.springsrus.com/stay for a complete list of accommodations.
How can I participate in the reenactment?
Reenactors or living historians are permitted to participate in the reenactment and festival. Reenactors belong to a military unit or historical organization and have studied the time period in depth as well as undergo safety training.
If you are interested in becoming a reenactor you may want to search for a local reenacting organization or reenactor in your area that can point you in the appropriate direction.
What does it take to be a reeanactor?
Reenactors or Living Historians, spend hours of time and research building and preparing and obtaining authentic items such as their tents, gear, uni forms and weaponry. All items are required to be period appropriate to the Civil War. All clothing and accessories must meet those standards and are patterned after the original uniforms.
Weaponry must meet safety requirements.The muskets, revolvers and swords are all real and are reproductions of the original arms used in the Civil War. All reenactors are volunteers and partici pate in reenactments across the United States.
Is there transportation to Olustee Battlefield from Lake City?
Yes, a shuttle service is provided at the Lake City Gateway Airport. The shuttle service is available Saturday, starting at 9:00 am and Sunday, starting at 9:00 am and ending at 5:00 pm. $2.00 per adult, $1.00 per student, preschool and under ride free.
How can I become a vendor at the festival?
Easy, simply go to www.olusteefestival.com and visit our “registration” section. There you can register for the arts and crafts show or as a food vendor.
How can I participate in the annual parade?
Please visit www.olusteefestival.com and visit the “Parade” section. There you will find our registration form to participate in the annual parade.