Please come and enjoy the 39th Annual Olustee Festival. The Festival is open on Friday and Saturday at 9:00AM
We have over 200 booths with vendors from all over Florida and beyond showing off their wonderful handcrafted items, an awesome selection of food with our vendors coming from all over the east coast & a kids area featuring pony rides, pig races, bounce houses and much much more.
Don't forget to watch the Skirmish on Lake Desoto at 6pm on Friday, and the Olustee Festival Parade starting at 10:30am on Saturday in Downtown Lake City.
I am John H Anderson, Jr. I am the son of a professional story teller and Civil War re-enactors Mary and the late Joel Fears. I have been for about 16 years a part of a reenactment troop led by my mother Mary J. Fears. My Mom had always been deeply troubled by the neglect and the tremendously false impressions most historians had given of the slaves and free persons of color regarding their direct participation in the development of our nation. My mother became interested in the contribution of black Americans to our nation’s history. Deliberately omitting rhetoric about the already well known horrors of slavery, we set out to tell the stories and present inspirational stage programs about the lives and unknown contributions of Americans of African descent from this era. I chose to learn the role of the famed abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass, and usually with my parents began giving speeches and discussions on the American Civil War and the contribution of people of color during that period in US history
In presentations impersonating Frederick Douglass and my open discussions about the Civil War, my goal is to have everyone present feel enlightened and proud to be an American descendant of our United States history in general, regardless of which side our ancestors stood during our Civil War. I speak to all races, all ages and all cultural backgrounds with that simple goal in mind. And I am happy to say that I do achieve that goal most often, even addressing a current prospective and contemporary issues with race relations.