BELLE GLADE – Country music singer and songwriter Sara Evans will perform at the 2021 Black Gold Jubilee on April 17 at Torry Island.
Belle Glade’s annual Black Gold Jubilee began with a 1976 Bi-Centennial celebration sponsored by the City of Belle Glade. In the year following that memorable celebration, a group of citizens organized a similar festival hoping to imitate its success; however, the focus of the celebration would shift to the area’s rich soil. “Black Gold” refers to the rich muck soil of the Everglades Agricultural Area. The muck soil makes it possible for the EAA farmers to produce the winter vegetables consumed by much of the country’s east coast. Belle Glades motto is “Her Soil is Her Fortune.”
In 1978, the first official Black Gold Jubilee was held in McDonald Park, next to the Belle Glade Branch Library. Since then, the Jubilee has grown and attracts thousands of visitors from across South Florida. This year, the festival will include a children’s fishing tournament, a golf tournament and a day of fun at Torry Island.
On Saturday, April 10 the Children’s Fishing Tournament will be held at the Torry Island campground with registration at 7 a.m. Fishing starts at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by the Belle Glade Rotary Club. Divisions are: Toddler (up to 5 years old); Division 1 (6-8 years old); Division II (9-12 years old); Division III (13-15 years old). There is no entry fee. Bring your own fishing pole. Bait will be provided. Lunch will also be provided for the children. Trophies will be given in each age division for biggest fish, most weight and smallest fish. An application must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the start of the contest. Applications are available on the festival website.
On Friday, April 16, enjoy Night Golf at the Belle Glade Municipal Golf Course. Tea time is 7:30 p.m./dark.
Jubilee Day – Saturday, April 17 – brings a variety of activities at Torry Island.
• Belle Glade Chamber’s Green Market, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Art and photography exhibits, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Volleyball tournament, noon to 6 p.m. (see festival website for sign-up information);
• Free children’s rides and games, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Glades style food booths, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Arts & Crafts booths, noon to 6 p.m.;
• Car show, noon to 6 p.m.;
Jubilee Day free concerts will be held in the Lakeside Amphitheater. At 5:30 p.m., NYC-3 will perform
Sara Evans will be in concert at 7:30 p.m.
After the concert, stay for spectacular fireworks at dusk!
About Sara Evans
Country singer and songwriter Sara Lynn Evans was born in Missouri in 1971 and was raised on a farm near New Franklin, Mo. She is the eldest of seven children. By the age of 5, she was singing in her family’s band. At age 8, she was struck by an automobile in front of the family home. While recuperating in a wheelchair, she continued to perform to help pay the medical bills. About two years later, her father took her to Nashville where she recorded a single, “I’m Going to Be the Only Female Fiddle Player in Charlie Daniels Band.” At age 16, she began performing at a nightclub near Columbia, Mo.
She moved to Nashville in 1991. She left Nashville for Oregon in 1992 but returned in 1995.
In 1997, Evans released her debut album, “Three Chords and the Truth.” In 1998, she released her second album “No Place That Far.” The title track single gave Evans her first Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs chart and also made the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40.
Her third studio album, “Born to Fly,” was released in 2000. The title track was a Number One hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.
In 2001, Evans won her first Country Music Association (CMA) award with “Born to Fly” winning the award for Video of the Year.
Her fourth album, “Restless,” was released in 2003. The lead single “Backseat on a Greyhound Bus,” was a Top 20 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Her fifth album, “Real Fine Place,” was released in 2005. The album’s lead single, “A Real Fine Place to Start,” was No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in 2005, and on the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
In December 2005, Evans released the compilation album “Feels Like Home.”
In May 2006, Evans performed at the 2006 ACM awards show in Las Vegas, where she won her first Academy of Country Music (ACM) award for Top Female Vocalist.
In October 2007, Evans released her first “Greatest Hits” collection.
Her single “Low” was featured on the movie soundtrack of “Billy: The Early Years,” in 2008.
Her sixth album “Stronger” was released in 2011.
Her first full-length Christmas album was released in 2014.
In 2017, after launching her own record label, Born to Fly Records, Evans released a new studio album, “Words.”