The 13th annual Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow at the Indian River County Fairgrounds on February 19-21 is the largest of its kind in Florida, featuring three action-packed days of performances, crafts, ethnic foods, music and much more for children of all ages.
Enjoy the spectacle of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the U.S. performing dances in brilliant tribal regalia, singing, drumming and storytelling with Miss Judy, as well as educational seminars and craft competition.. It is #1 of many pow wows in the State of Florida and around the country.
Field activities take you back to life as it was before the first European settlers arrived and from the Wild West, with bull whip, fast draw, knife throwing and archery demonstrations, a story telling circle, children’s drum and a Native American museum. Once inside the arena, you will be treated to non-stop performances by noted Native American singers, dancers and musicians. The arena will also feature 30 artist and vendor exhibits including Native American-made clothing, jewelry, leather goods, art, musical instruments, dolls, handcrafted tools and weapons, recordings, and more. An auction of items donated by vendors will also be held.
Friday (February 19) the event opens at 3:00pm, with plenty to see and do (and eat) until 9:30p.m. Don’t miss the popular Grand Entry event at 7:00pm, when Native Americans from tribes around the country parade in to the arena dressed in full ceremonial regalia. It is a superb picture-taking opportunity! As an added feature, all military veterans will be honored at the Grand Entry.
Saturday’s (February 20) festivities begin at 10:00am and continue well into the evening. There will be two Grand Entries, at 1:00pm and 7:00pm. A Thunder on the Beach princess is crowned on Saturday evening in both the senior (ages 14-17) and junior (ages 8-13) categories, always fun to witness. Finally to end the evening’s festivities, attendees are invited to participate around a campfire in a native bartering activity called the Trade Blanket, so bring something of value to trade (pocket knife, piece of jewelry, etc.)
The fun continues on Sunday (February 16) with all the field and arena activities mentioned above from 10:00am until 6:00pm. The final Grand Entry will be performed at 1:00pm.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for seniors and kids 6-12, no charge for kids under six..Watch the spectacle or take part in it, either way, a great time is guaranteed for all!
Accommodations are available at Knight’s Inn, 8800 20th Street for $54.00 a night plus tax. Ask for Pow-Wow rates. RV camping at the Fairgrounds is $22.50 per night plus admission. Primitive camping (no water or electric) is free plus admission.