Glades County Celebrates 100+ Years – Centennial Celebration Plans Begin

Glades County Celebrates 100+ Years – Centennial Celebration Plans Begin

On July 23, 2021, Glades County turned 100 years old.  On July 23, 1921 then Governor, Cary Hardee, signed a bill that split Desoto County into five (5) counties: Desoto, Charlotte, Hardee, Highlands and Glades.

Due to the Covid pandemic, a celebration for this momentous occasion, in Glades County, was postponed.  Recently, the month of November 2022 was chosen to hold various activities to acknowledge the founding, and history, of Glades County.  Currently, planned events include a parade, exhibits at the Doyle Conner Building, tours of updated rodeo grounds, a street dance and a concert.

Current members of the Glades County Centennial Committee are in the beginning stages of organizing the month-long celebration.  They welcome input and suggestions to help make this celebration a successful event.  Input is being sought from community members of Moore Haven, Ortona, Washington Park, Buckhead Ridge, Palmdale, Lakeport, Port LaBelle, Horseshoe Acers, and Brighton.  Any ideas, thoughts, or history can be shared with Susan Whidden at SWhidden@myglades.com or (863)946-6004 ext.# 6241 or Nancy Peeno at NAshley@myglades.com or (863) 946-6018.