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Countdown to The De Soto Hertiage Festival

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The Hernando de Soto Historical Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1939 and consists of volunteer members who foster and facilitate an appreciation of Manatee County’s Spanish – American heritage. Through fundraising events and sponsorships we are able to provide educational opportunities and donate to local charities, organizations and individuals. 

Little anglers

LITTLE ANGLERS FISHING DERBY

Let’s go fishing! Come join us for the Little Anglers Fishing Derby at the River Regatta. The derby takes place on the Palmetto Green Bridge Fishing Pier, and will run from 8:30AM until 10:00AM, check-in is at 8AM. The derby is FREE but limited to the first 100 anglers who are between the ages of 5 and 12 years old.  We will have rigged rods, prizes and trophies!

childrens parade

CHILDREN'S PARADE

One of the most adorable and heart-warming events you’ll ever see, this Parade puts the kids in charge.  It’s pure and wholesome fun as floats engineered and built in schoolrooms and at home parade along the historic avenues of Palmetto, from the Manatee County Fairgrounds, south on 10th Avenue West and then along Fifth Street West to Lamb Park.

OUR EVENTS

HIGHLIGHTS

  • $50,000 ANNUAL DONATIONS
  • 3 MILLION DOLLARS OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS
  • PROVIDE EDUCATION ON FLORIDA – SPANISH HERITAGE
  • SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS
  • STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM
  • MAINTAINS MUSEUM FOR SPANISH CULTURE
  • 52 YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH BARCARROTA SPAIN
  • 2,500 VOLUNTEER HOURS ANNUALLY