Gearing up for Olustee: Annual event begins Thursday night

olusteeFeb. 20, 1864, is a historic date for North Floridians, marking the largest Civil War battle in the state of Florida where thousands of men risked their lives for a cause in which they believed.

To commemorate that day and remember the sacrifices of the men who fought there, the 31st Annual Olustee Battle Festival and 33rd Battle Re-enactment kicks off Thursday night in Lake City with a weekend’s worth of festivities to follow. The event marks the 145th anniversary of the Olustee battle.

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