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Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactment

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Seminole Shootout Battle Reenactments and a 5-Star Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo highlight a two-day series of special events presented by the Seminole Tribe of Florida on March 2 and 3, 2018 in Immokalee.

The Seminole Shootout was first performed in the late 1990s and brings together reenactors in soldier and warrior attire with authentic weapons and tactics, plus pyrotechnics to simulate cannon blasts. They reenact a typical battle from the Second Seminole War, which raged from 1835 through 1842 and is the longest and costliest Indian conflict in U.S. history.

Reenactment events are slated for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. This is the first year they will be held on the Immokalee Seminole Reservation, about 30 minutes east of Naples and southeast of Fort Myers. All events will be held at the John Jimmie Memorial Arena and the Immokalee Youth Camp, 1195 East Main Street, Immokalee, adjacent to the Seminole Casino Immokalee.

PRCA Rodeo events will be held beginning at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, March 2 and 3, at the John Jimmie Memorial Arena. The rodeos will include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down calf roping, team roping, ladies roping and saddle bronc riding.

On Saturday, March 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Grammy Award nominee Manny Diquez and the Manny Diquez Band will perform an outdoor concert with tunes that range from rock to country, blues to funk, and 80s to contemporary pop sounds. A live DJ will perform both before and after the concert.

In addition, the Seminole Shootout and Rodeo will include alligator wrestling, craft and food vendors, historical and cultural displays, as well as Seminole and soldier camps.

Activities for kids will include an archaeological dig, knife making and tomahawk throwing events, as well as a game called chunkey stone, in which one player throws a stone and another player tries to throw a spear near the stone.

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