The Seminole Tribe of Florida will celebrate its Big Cypress Reservationâ€™s 118th anniversary January 23 – 25, 2014 at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds. This yearâ€™s celebration will feature a special concert by Grammy award-winning country music superstar Alan Jackson on Saturday, January 25 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the concert, are on sale, now.Â The Big Cypress 118th anniversary celebration will kick-off on January 23 at 7:30 p.m. with The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo (taking place for two consecutive nights) in the Junior Cypress Rodeo Arena. This free event showcases the best of the best local cowboys.Â On January 24 at noon, festivities begin with a Seminole Tribe of Florida rib cook-off and include a clothing contest (Seminole Tribe of Florida members only). At 3 p.m., the fair will feature a gator and critter show, performances by the Seminole Stomp dancers and a Northern Tribes dancing exhibition, the Eastern Indian Rodeo Association (EIRA) rodeo, and carnival rides, along with food and craft vendors. Historical displays showcasing the history of the Big Cypress Reservation are sponsored by the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum. Food vendors will be available throughout the festival.
On Saturday, January 25, gates will open at 10 a.m. with a grand entry by Seminole Tribe of Florida leaders and royalty. Wildlife shows will continue throughout the day with entertainment beginning at 4 p.m. with the Blues Brothers Soul Band, one of the hottest tribute bands this side of the Mississippi.Â At 5 p.m., Tom Jackson will open the concert. Jacksonâ€™s driving, aggressive country style has been likened to Jason Aldean and Charlie Daniels. He has shared the stage with Nashville recording artists including Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Randy Houser, Craig Campbell, Darius Rucker, Josh Thompson, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Eric Church, Colt Ford and recently, Brantley Gilbert and Randy Travis.Â At 6:30 p.m., country music superstar Alan Jackson will take the stage.Â Immediately following the concert, the Southern States Bull Riding Competition will take place at 8:15 p.m.
Admission for The Bill Osceola Memorial Rodeo on January 23 and January 24 activities is free; admission for January 25, which includes all festivities and the concert, is $50 and tickets are available at bigcypresscelebration.com and at completeticketsolutions.com. Tickets will also be on sale at the Junior Cypress Rodeo Grounds the day of the concert.