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Free festival, concert to celebrate Homestead’s Centennial on Feb. 2

The City of Homestead will celebrate its 100th Anniversary during a free outdoor festival and concert on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 10 p.m. The family event will take place at Harris Field Pavilion and Rodeo Arena, 1034 NE Eighth St. (on the corner of US1 and SW 312th Street).

The event will feature live rock, R&B and Latin bands; a kids zone with carnival games, rides, bounce houses and arcade; over a dozen food trucks, and a historical show called “The Homestead Story.”

The concert will start at 3 p.m. featuring Miami’s favorite R8B band, Ike & Val. They will be followed by South Florida’s hottest classic and contemporary rock bands, Mr. Nice Guy and Deck 52. Tejano sensation and international recording artist Eddie Gonzalez will close the show at 9 p.m. A deejay also will play music in between bands and a cash bar will be available in the Rodeo grounds around the concert.

The Homestead Centennial Celebration was organized by the Homestead Centennial Steering Committee, working on behalf of the Homestead City Council. Members of the Homestead City Council will cut Homestead’s 100th birthday cake, and blow out the candles for 100 more years of prosperity.

Also, more than a dozen food trucks will be parked between the Harris Field Pavilion and the Rodeo Grounds offering a variety of options for all palates. Vendors and non-profit organizations will have items on display and giveaways in the same area, which will direct the crowd toward the entrance of the rodeo grounds where the Kids’ Zone will be located.

Inside the Harris Field Pavilion a historical show called “The Homestead Story” will take place at 4:30 p.m. The limited seating presentation will require attendees to have a free ticket, which can be retrieved at the Homestead Old Town Hall Museum, 104 N. Krome Ave., prior to the event or at the entrance of the Pavilion if they are still available. The audience will experience the story of Homestead with a fun and entertaining show told in music about the history of this unique city.

As the second oldest city in Miami-Dade County Homestead originally was opened to homesteaders in 1898, and the only way in and out of the area was through a path called the “Homesteaders Trail.”

In 1904, Henry Flagler decided to extend the railroad from Miami to Key West, and farmers were able to transport their fruit and vegetables to Miami and other parts of the state. Many of the workers who helped build the railroad stayed in the area and founded the City of Homestead in 1913. Today, Homestead has gone from its original population of 121 to over 60,000 residents and the little railroad town has blossomed into a thriving city of diverse cultures and heritage.

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  1. If you weren't there, you missed a great family event! I was dressed as a 1913 town doctor, with parasol and hat. The historical play was fun and educational, there was an organic farm truck that had the most delicious strawberries, tomatoes and cilantro, and, at another table, plants were given to some (I was one!) of the lucky participants. The opening songs by a wonderful woman singer showed great talent and rhythm. The fireworks ended the night beautifully and I got to see them way across town at the Homestead Community Center at a dinner to honor the marathoners who run from Homestead to North Florida each year to raise money to run shelters for pregnant girls/women who chose life for their babies. I won a $25 gift certificate to a restaurant and a lovely flowering bush in their raffle, after dinner and during a guitar and voice serenade. It was such a rich evening!