Christmas parade in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 12

DFSxmasparadeBring the family to enjoy the 12th Annual DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club Christmas Parade on December 12, 2015. Event begins at 1 p.m. on Circle Drive at Lake DeFuniak. Individuals, churches, businesses and clubs will put you in the holiday mood with beautiful Christmas floats, costumed walkers, decorated vintage cars, bicycles, motorcycles and horses. Santa will be waving and throwing candy to the children, families and holiday fans.  Free event.

Sponsored by the DeFuniak Springs Woman’s Club.  For more information, contact [email protected].  Cate Campbell, Parade Chair, (850) 368-8953.

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Holiday Lights Festival at Gulfside Trail Rides Dec. 3

kevinpostJoin in on the fun as Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides hosts their inaugural Lights Festival on Dec. 3 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. The event is free if you bring an unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots otherwise a $25 donation.

Enjoy the lights synchronized to music throughout the stables. Dancing fun will be on hand with a live performance by Kevin Post, guitarist fro Blake Shelton, and Brennin Hunt, actor and singer on the T.V. series Nashville.

Food, beer, and wine will be available. There will also be an Old Gringo Truck show during the event.

Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 County Hwy 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-208-3144.


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City of Freeport Christmas parade Dec. 4

freeportchristmasparade_08The City of Freeport is hosting their annual Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 4 at 5:00 p.m. Line-up for the parade begins at 4:00 p.m. at Freeport Middle School. Any club, organization or individual that would like to participate in the parade should contact Mary Neal at 850-974-7772.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place in front of City Hall following the end of the parade.  Among those performing   are Discovery Time Daycare; Freeport Elementary School’s 4th Grade Show Choir, the Sophisticates; Première Performers and The Port. Freeport’s royalty will do the honors of lighting the tree which will signal the arrival of the guest of honor, Santa Claus!

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Make Christmas special for a little one this holiday season

South Walton Fire District hosting Caring and Sharing Angel Tree

angeltreeSouth Walton Fire District is once again sponsoring the Caring and Sharing Angel Tree.

Each holiday season the “Angel Tree” is filled with names of children throughout Walton County that otherwise may not receive Christmas gifts without your assistance.

“Angels” will be available for selection beginning Fri., November 6, 2015 from 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m. at Station 3/Headquarters, 911 North County Highway 393, Santa Rosa Beach. Gifts may be returned to Station 3/Headquarters no later than Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Please reach into your heart and choose your own special child or family to help make their Christmas wishes come true.

For more information or to schedule a special time to select an angel name, please contact Robbie Lund, Administrative Assistant at Station 3/Headquarters, 850-267-1298, via email at [email protected] or visit their website at

Community Christmas Santa Patrol in north and south Walton

More than 500 children in our community are in need this holiday season. With Christmas right around the corner the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the DeFuniak Springs Fire Department are proud to partner with Matrix Community Outreach Center for “Community Christmas” Santa Patrol.

WCSO is asking anyone who is willing to participate to purchase random gifts at your leisure and simply drop them off. We are in need of gifts from ages 0 – 15 in their original packages. Montary donations can also be made.  Our community volunteers will help to make sure that your gift is given to an appropriate aged child.

Drop-off locations include: Aaron’s Hardware, DeFuniak Springs, Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, Santa Rosa Beach, DeFuniak Springs Fire Department, Matrix Community Outreach Center, Trustmark Bank, DeFuniak Springs, Triangle Chevrolet, DeFuniak Springs, Walton County Sheriff’s Office DeFuniak Springs, Santa Rosa Beach, Freeport Substations.

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Chili cook off benefit in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 11

chiliThe professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 is sponsoring a fundraising event on Friday December 11, 2015 at the Ace Hardware in DeFuniak Springs. The cook off will be from 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This event is to support Niki Davis, one of the wives of our Firefighters at Walton County Fire Rescue, who is in her final battle with stage 4 cancer. Niki was at ground zero the day the Towers came down working and inhaled what’s been killing her ever since. She helped many people in that time of need and now she needs our help.

$20 to enter your famous chili/ Have a chance to win prizes and you get 2 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 5 burner stainless steel grill.

$8 to purchase a bowl of chili, also get to taste everyone’s chili and vote

Raffle Tickets for a 5 burner stainless steel grill are $3 per ticket, $10 for 4, $20 for 10

Contact James Whedon [email protected] for more information or to purchase raffle tickets. Any donation will go a long way.

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Happy Thanksgiving from Walton Outdoors

Sunrise on Holmes Creek.

Sunrise on Holmes Creek.


“For each new morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night,

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Christmas tour of homes in DeFuniak Springs Dec. 5

hometourCome catch the Christmas spirit at the 23rd Annual Tour of Homes in DeFuniak Springs. Tour five homes decked out in their holiday best, and learn about Historic DeFuniak Springs as you enjoy its old-fashioned ambiance at your own pace on your self-guided tour.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets on sale the day of the tour from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  Advance tickets available after November 1st at The Little Big Store (35 S. 8th Street), Sanford and Sisters Mall (938 U.S. Hwy 331 South), and Walton County Heritage Museum (1140 Circle Drive).  The 2015 tour is co-sponsored by Partners in Progress and Walton County Heritage Association.  (850) 892-2448.

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Walton County fishing report for Nov. 25

sheepsheadFishing is on!

Bay: Redfish bites and trout still good. Sheepshead starting to show up.

Click here for fishing forecast

Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”

Click here to find out more about Copeland’s.
Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop
17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S
Freeport, Florida 32439

(850) 835-4277
Store hours:
Mon. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat.: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun.: Closed

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South Walton Fire District Elf Ride in Santa Rosa Beach Dec. 6

elfrideThe South Walton Fire District (SWFD) will be hosting their 8th Annual Elf Ride on Dec. 6th, 2015. Elves of all ages will meet at the Western Lake Beach Access in Watercolor at 1:00 p.m. and bicycle/walk to the SWFD’s Water Color Station located at 2109 CR 395 South, Seagrove (approx. 1.5 miles).

Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit the SWFD Angel Tree. Refreshments and a tour of the fire station as well as the fire trucks will be available. Be sure to wear your favorite Christmas outfit and decorate your bike. Parent(s) must accompany all children!

If weather does not cooperate, toys may be dropped off at the Water Color Fire Station on Dec. 6th, 2015. For more information contact Robbie Lund at [email protected] or Luke Thompson at [email protected].

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Festival of trees in Freeport Dec. 4 – 6

freeportfestivaloftrees3Get into the spirit of Christmas by attending the Freeport Town Planters Festival of Trees. The event will be at the Freeport Community Center on Fri., Dec. 4, following the lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall; Sat., Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sun., Dec. 6, from 1 – 5 p.m.

The trees have been decorated by individuals, organizations, and businesses; and they will be competing for the People’s Choice Award, to be presented at the end of the show on Sunday. Admission is free (donations accepted) and refreshments will be served.

For more information contact Lois Orsak At 850-588-9945.


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