Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to Live Oak Landing Oct. 14, 2017

boywithfishA great day for outdoor family fun

Walton Outdoors will be hosting our eighth annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the beautiful waterfront location of Live Oak Landing Outdoor Destination, 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida. ::MAP::

This fun-filled day will introduce children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife, archery, interactive educational exhibits, giveaways and much more. The event is free. The water activities are geared for children six-years-old and up. Food will be available for purchase from Black Creek Café.

Activities and exhibits include:
• Learn to fish on Black Creek
• FISH FLORIDA fishing rod/reel giveaways
• Freshwater fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife
• Emerald Coast Hydrobike cruises
• Archery with Freeport Parks and Recreation
• Boating with Wounded Warrior Fishing
• Boating with Backwater Tours
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Wildlife exhibit with Florida Fish and Wildlife
• Florida State Park exhibits
• Northwest Florida Astronomy Club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Florida Sea Grant exhibit
• Freeport Town Planters Society crafts
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge exhibit
• Butterfly exhibit
• Beekeeping exhibit
• Snake exhibit with Falling Waters State Park
• Walton County Master Gardeners activity
• Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve
• Navarre Beach Marine Science exhibit
• Nonie’s Ark Animal Encounters
• Archaeology

About Walton Outdoors:
Walton Outdoors is the online source for outdoor adventure in Walton County and northwest Florida. Our mission is to share great spaces to explore the outdoors, and to educate our readers on the wonders of nature.

For more information, go to www.waltonoutdoors.com/explorefest or call (850) 267-2064.

Thank you sponsors:


• C.W. Roberts Contracting
• Freeport Town Planters Society


• Copeland’s Gun and Tackle • Bent Rod Fishing Club

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Turfgrass alternatives lecture in Santa Rosa Beach Oct. 4

The Walton County Master Gardeners present the latest installment of their monthly lecture series entitled “Turfgrass Alternatives for Coastal Northwest Florida.”

Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard will present the program for the public on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Coastal Branch Office at 70 Logan Lane in Santa Rosa Beach at 10 a.m.

Are you tired of all the headaches turfgrass causes and the maintenance issues that come with it? Learn about low-maintenance, attractive, Florida-Friendly groundcovers that can reduce the amount of turfgrass areas you have to manage or replace it entirely!  The cost for the program is $5, payable at the door, cash or checks only please.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. Save your place by calling 850-892-8172 or email [email protected]. Light refreshments will be served.

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Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo in Bonifay Oct. 5 – 7

The 73rd annual Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo will be held Oct. 5 – 7 in Bonifay, FL. Events start on Thursday with Kids Night –
Free admission for children under 10 years old.There will be stick horse races for children 10 and under. (children pre-register for race at booth inside stadium)

Friday and Saturday kick off with parade at 1 p.m. Route: Begins at the north end of Bonifay in front of the Piggly Wiggly and travels south on Waukesha Street/Highway 79, turns right on Veterans Boulevard and ends in front of Memorial Field (arena).

Click here for the parade registration form.

Times: 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 pm)
Location: Memorial Field on Veterans Blvd in Bonifay, Florida

Friday is military appreciation night with reduced admission for active military and veterans. Saturday is food for kids night. Bring a jar of peanut butter to support the backpack program. For more details go to: http://www.bonifayrodeo.com/

Ticket pricing (Ages 4-10): Advance: $8.00, Gate: $10.00, adult (Ages 11 and up): Advance: $13.00, Gate: $16.00. Go here for ticket information.

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Walton County Fair in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 9 – 14

fairThe Walton County Fair, a tradition since 1924, kicks off six days of family fun on Monday, Oct. 9, 2016.

Sticking to its roots as an agricultural fair, there will be livestock competitions every day including rabbit, poultry, hog, horse, lamb, goat and cattle shows.

The Fair also provides an opportunity for youth and adults to showcase their artwork, handicrafts, growing crops. Other activities will include a greased pig contest, hot dog and pie eating contests, baked goods for sale and live music. Food vendors along the midway with rides will provide hours of entertainment for the entire family.

Cost: Adults $5, children (6-12) $3, 5 and under free. Doors open at 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday doors open at 12 Noon.

Armbands —Every Night
MONDAY $18.00
TUESDAY $15.00
FRIDAY $18.00
SATURDAY 12-5 PM $15.00
SATURDAY 6-10 PM $18.00

Saturday, armbands are good from 12 noon until 5 PM.  Then a new one must be purchased for the 6 PM until closing time.
The rides will be closed from 5-6 PM on Saturday for a state required inspection.

Visit waltoncountyfair.com to view full schedule for the week.

The fair is located at the Walton County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 83 one mile north of Hwy. 90 (790 North 9th Street) in DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

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Haunted House at old Lakeside Hospital in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 13, 20, 21, 27, 28

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association transforms the former Lakeside Hospital at 1290 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs, Florida into a fright night this October. “An Evening with Jason – Long Night at Camp Blood” premieres on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 pm – midnight. Encore presentations take place the following weekends: Friday, Oct. 20, Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 – 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, Oct 27 and 28, from 7 pm – midnight. Ticket prices are $13.

Proceeds benefit both non-profit organizations. Parking is available on Baldwin Avenue in historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs and also along Circle Drive and adjoining side streets. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.

Come create your own Jason mask. Jason’s character is synonymous with the hockey mask worn in the many versions of the movie, Friday the 13th.  Come to the Art Co-Op every Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon in September and through October 28, to create your own mask for $13. Design your own version that have been sanded, primed and are ready for embellishment with prepared paints and other décor under the helpful guidance of the staff or, if you prefer, you may purchase a mask to work on at home.  Details announcing the “winning” mask can be found at the Art Co-Op at 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B. For more details call 850-419-3007.

Tickets to the Haunted House will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales are available at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning in September. The Co-Op’s location is 756 Baldwin Avenue, Suite B, next to the Music store, in the historic Downtown area (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays) accepting cash and credit cards. Additionally, cash only advance sale tickets are also offered at Freeport Pet Clinic at 907 Fl-20 in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy, Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets as will the Visitor’s Center in Santa Rosa Beach at the northeast corner of Highway 331 and 98. In Crestview cash only tickets are being sold at Happy Lark Art Supply, 551 S. Main Street. Check the Haunted House website here.

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Coastal Dune Lake Day at Grayton Beach State Park Oct. 21

Date/time: Sat. Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Coastal Dune Lake Day will celebrate our rare coastal dune lakes in South Walton county. Come out and enjoy a day along Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park, and learn all there is to know about this local treasure. Take a tour on foot, kayak, or SUP from the experts. Hear about local history and folklore surrounding the lakes.

Grayton Beach State Park is located in Walton County, South of U.S. 98 off of Scenic Road 30A. Take county road 283 south from U.S. 98, turn left at the stop sign on 30A (approximately 1/4 mile east of the intersection of C.R. 30A and C.R. 283 the main entrance is on the right). ::MAP::

Park Fees:
Admission Fee $5.00 per vehicle (2-8 people per vehicle) $4.00 single occupant vehicle
Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00

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Walton County fishing report for Sept. 21

Fishing is good

Bay: Trout still biting. On the small size. Lots of good redfish and mangrove snapper biting. A few sheepshead biting.

River: Some bass bites at the mouth of the river and creeks biting on live shrimp.

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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