Wausau Possum Festival Aug. 5

Head over to downtown Wausau in Washington County for some possum fun!

Beginning with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and the annual ‘Possum Trot’ 5k Run, locals and visitors alike enjoy a full day of festivities, including the annual Possum Parade, Possum Auction and culminating at 8 p.m. with an old-fashioned square dance.

Other activities include parade and possum auction, arts and crafts and live bluegrass and gospel music all afternoon, Possum King and Queen contest, entertainment, arts and craft vendors, parade, hog callin’, rooster crowin’ and cow lowin’ contests, horseshoe pitching, crosscut sawing contest, greasy pole, sack races, and more.

Round out the evening by attending the Saturday evening dance held at the world famous Possum Palace. For more information, call 850-638-1781 or go to
www.WausauPossumFestival.com.

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Walton county fishing report for July 19

Fishing is good

Bay: Temperature is up, but big redfish and small to decent size trout being caught. Shrimp getting bigger.

River: A bit muddy. Bass, catfish, and bream being caught.

Gulf: A mixed bag of fish being caught from shore with shrimp and sand fleas.

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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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Freeport Parks and Recreation offering paddle tours and archery instruction

Freeport Parks and Recreation are offering paddle tours at various locations in Walton County. Enjoy a guided paddle along waterways such as 4-Mile Creek, Lafayette Creek, Morrison Springs, Western Lake at Grayton Beach State Park, the Choctawhatchee Bay, Seven Runs Creek/Dead River.

Paddle pricing starts at $10 for one hour. All skill levels are welcome.

Archery instruction is available every Tuesday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. $20.00 for five, 1-hour group lessons.

To learn more, contact Dana Weiler, at (850) 307-3242 or email [email protected]or Chris Campbell [email protected].

Freeport Parks and Recreation is located at 563 Hammock Trail East, Freeport at Freeport Regional Sports Complex.

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Cool off at a splash pad, or swim in a pool or spring in Walton County

The City of Freeport Community Pool offers classes and aerobics. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

One way to cool off on a hot summer day is to head over to one of Walton County’s splash pads, Morrison Springs, or the City of Freeport’s community pool. Most all the parks also offer a playground area. All have restroom facilities and some offer picnic areas to enjoy a full day of fun.

All parks are open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk and the splash pads open weather permitting, except Freeport Community Pool which is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday.

Freeport City Community Pool

112 SR 20, Freeport 32439 ::MAP::

The Freeport City Community Pool is open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day but Wednesday weather permitting from June 1 – after Labor Day.

Swimming lessons and water aerobics are available. No food or drink can be brought into the pool area, however water, Gatorade, and popsicles are available for purchase. Pool noodles and infant floats are the only pool equipment permitted. The pool is available for parties after 6 p.m. Cost is $2 adults, $1 children under 12 for Freeport residents. $4 adults, $2 children for non-residents. Season passes available.

Download swimming lesson form here: swimminglessons Download water aerobics from here: wateraerobics

Call (850) 307-3029 or (850) 835-2822 for more information.

Swim, snorkel, dive or paddle at Morrison Springs. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Morrison Springs Park

874 Morrison Springs Road, Ponce De Leon :: MAP::

The 161-acre park is well known in the area, and popular with divers and nature enthusiasts across the south. Cypress trees abound around the spring with their crisp, bright green needles defining the landscape. The spring provides an aqua color inviting everyone in for a dip.

The highlight of the park is a 250-foot diameter spring pool that produces an estimated 48 million gallons of crystal clear water each day and has been recorded to produce up to 70 million gallons a day. 575 linear ft. of boardwalks meander through the ancient cypress trees, and span into the springs to a diver’s launching area, with a 10×10 ft. 9,000 lb. floating concrete platform.

Restrooms, pavilion, grills, boat ramp, and picnic tables. For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Splash pad parks north of the bay

Paxton Park splash pad. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Paxton Little League Park

21872 U.S. Highway 331 North, Paxton ::MAP::

Paxton Little League Park offers baseball fields, pavilions, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, splash pad, restrooms, and walking trail/path. For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

JC Alford Park at Gaskin

104 County Highway 181 E., DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

Playground, nature walk, full restroom, and splash pad. For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Wee Care splash pad. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Wee Care Park

552 Walton Road, DeFuniak Springs 32433 ::MAP::

Wee Care Park is a large recreation area offering baseball/softball fields, batting cages, basketball court, pavilions, picnic tables, grills, playground equipment, tennis courts, volleyball courts, disc golf course, splash pad, and rest rooms.

For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Douglass Crossroads Park

2046 Douglass Crossroads DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 ::MAP::

Playground, softball, basketball, and volleyball fields, picnic tables, pavilion, grills, restrooms. For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Mossy Head splash pad. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Mossy Head Park

13200 U.S. Highway 90 West, DeFuniak Springs 32433 ::MAP::

Mossy Head Park is located behind the fire station on Hwy. 90. The park offers pavilions, picnic tables, playground equipment, splash pad, walking trail, and restrooms.

For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

 

Choctaw Beach Park

12481 State Highway 20 West, Freeport, FL 32439 ::MAP::

Boat/canoe launch, pavilions, boardwalk on the Bay, picnic tables, playground equipment, splas pad, restrooms.

For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Splash pad parks south of the bay

Helen McCall park splash pad. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Helen McCall Park

325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 ::MAP::

Baseball/softball fields, batting cages, football fields, soccer fields picnic tables, pavilion, playground equipment, restrooms.

For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

Padgett Park

810 JD Miller Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 ::Map::

Multi purpose fields, grills, pavilions, picnic tables, playground equipment, restrooms, meeting hall available for rent. Fee is $75 and a $25 refundable cleaning deposit. Download facility rental form here.

For more information contact Walton County Parks and Recreation (850) 892-8108.

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Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, cookout, and more July 26

Date/time: Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 p.m.

The fourth annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park continues on Wednesday, June 28.

The evening begin at 5:30 p.m. in the park’s Recreation Hall with a brief interpretive program led by a Camp Helen Park Ranger or other expert. The program will be followed by an old-fashioned campfire cookout of hot dogs and s’mores provided by the Friends of Camp Helen. Each evening will conclude with a family-oriented movie in the Recreation Hall, where seating will be provided.

A parent or guardian must accompany all children.

These special movie nights are sponsored by Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Admission into the park for this event is free, although donations are accepted. Donations will go directly to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park to benefit the park’s resource management projects and interpretive programs.

On Wednesday, July 26 Antz: A rather neurotic ant tries to break from his totalitarian society while trying to win the affection of the princess he loves. (Rated PG) The interpretive program, facilitated by a Camp Helen Park Ranger, will be on ants.

More information is available at facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (850) 233-5059 or by emailing [email protected].

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway (Highway 98), Panama City Beach, just west of the Lake Powell Bridge.

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Walton County fishing report for July 12

Fishing is good

Bay: Temperature is up but we still have live shrimp available. Lots of redfish, a few trout, a few tarpon, and ladyfish.

River: Flathead and blue catfish being caught.

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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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