Lake City, Florida, is in Columbia County and has a population of 67,531. As the county seat, it is also the main city in the Lake City Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town has a total area of 12.4 square miles and its northern Florida location puts it 60 miles east of Jacksonville, 106 miles east of Tallahassee, 46 miles south of Gainesville, and 62 miles northeast of Valdosta, George. Lake City has a strong residential presence, and its availability of lots and lands could trigger more potential for development and growth.
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Two festivals are held annually in Lake City. One is the Olustee Battle Festival, which is centered around the reenactment of a battle fought during the American Civil War. Soldiers from both sides of the conflicts are honored with a memorial service and a festival and craft show takes place. Several outdoor activities take place, such as a parade, a museum exhibit, and dancing. Another is the Alligator Warrior Festival, which celebrates Lake City's historical roots as a former Seminole community, which evolved into a larger public community with Europeans, Africans, and mixed-race settlers. The history and the culture are honored and trade skills, such as blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, and barrel making , are demonstrated. Shopping malls are popular, as are the golf and country club, the farmers markets, and the county historical museum.