The Clewiston News

Clewiston Sugar Festival honors The People of U.S. Sugar

Special to The Clewiston News/Courtesy photo. U.S. Sugar and The People of U.S. Sugar were honored on March 15. This photo features senior management and employees who have worked at the company for over 40 years.

CLEWISTON – The Clewiston Sugar Festival events kicked off Wednesday, March 15, with the 2017 Honoree Breakfast recognizing U.S. Sugar and The People of U.S. Sugar.

“For 85 years, U.S. Sugar has walked hand in hand with the people of Clewiston and Hendry County,” said Clewiston Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Hillary Hyslope. The people of U.S. Sugar really are the heart and soul of our community and of this festival.”

U.S. Sugar President Bob Buker, members of the company’s executive team, and dozens of employees who have been with the company for more than 40 years were all honored at the event. The long-time employees represented the more than 2,500 people of U.S. Sugar.

The Sugar Festival Committee presented a plaque to U.S. Sugar in recognition of their contributions to the festival and the community. The breakfast was sponsored by Seacoast Bank.
The Clewiston Sugar Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Civic Park on U.S. Hwy 27 in Clewiston. Admission is free. The media is invited to attend.

Now in its 31st year, the Clewiston Sugar Festival celebrates the region’s annual sugarcane harvest and the important economic impact sugar has on Glades communities and Florida’s economy. This year’s presenting sponsor is U.S. Sugar, a Florida pioneer in the sustainable farming and processing of sugarcane, citrus and sweet corn.

Events will include a Sweet Taste of Sugar baking contest, a free kid’s entertainment park, food vendors, arts and craft booths, antique and current tractor displays and a car show. On the main stage will be country music performers Trace Adkins (5:30 p.m.), Tracy Lawrence (3:45 p.m.), Parmalee (2 p.m.), Runaway June (12:45 p.m.) and JJ McCoy (11:30 a.m.).

For news and updates about the festival, text SugarFest17 to 888777. Standard text messaging rates apply.

For more information about the Clewiston Sugar Festival, including a complete schedule of events, go to Also visit our Sugar Festival page onFacebook @SugarFestival and follow us at #SugarFestival2017, #AmericasSweetestTown and #USSugar.