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May
28
Sat
Nick’s Speckled Trout Shootout
May 28 @ 7:30 am – May 29 @ 4:00 pm

Get ready for the 16th Annual Choctawhatchee Bay Old Nick’s Speckled Trout Shootout May 28-30 and June 4-5. This great tournament has several divisions to enter!

2016 Speckled Trout Brochure entry form

Adult and children’s divisions. Entry fee prior to tournament is $30. Entry fee during tournament is $35. No contestant may enter a fish in the same 24-hour period that their entry was paid. Entry fee must be paid at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant, Highway 20 in Freeport, FL. Phone (850) 835-2222 or (850) 830-6161. Make checks out to Treylermade Tournaments.

SPECKLED TROUT: All fish must be a minimum of 15 inches in length. Only one fish over 20 inches per day per person may be weighed-in. Hook and line only live or artificial bait. Cast nets or entanglement nets prohibited. Weigh-in at Nick’s between 10AM-1PM and 5 PM-8PM, May 28-30 & June 4-5. All fish must be fresh and properly iced; any fish in poor condition will be disqualified. (All live fish weighed-in will be released.) All fish brought to weigh-in are subject to judge’s discretion. Fish will be kept for inspection and any fish may be disqualified upon inspection. Participants must follow the rules and regulations of FL Fish & Wildlife Commission.

PRIZE MONEY:
100% PAYBACK ON LARGEST 5 FISH.
1st Place: 50% of entry fee
2nd Place: 20% of entry fee
3rd Place: 15% of entry fee
4th Place: 10% of entry fee
5th Place: 5% of entry fee
Door prizes/Gifts for places 6th – 10th

KIDS DIVISION: 12 yrs & under
Top 5 receive prizes and trophies
Daily Winner – Largest fish weighed in each day will receive a prize

CATFISH CLASSIC: 12yrs & Under
Optional for $10 Additional Entry Fee
Pay Out
1st Place: 50% of division fee
2nd Place: 30% of division fee
3rd Place: 20% of division fee
Combined weight of catfish (saltwater species) Limited to 3 fish per day.

JR DIVISION: 13 – 17 yrs old
Top 3 Jr Anglers will be recognized

REDFISH DIVISION: < 17 yrs old
Total Weight of Redfish between 18”-27” for the entire tournament, One per day.
1st thru 3rd will be recognized

CHOCTAWHATCHEE LADIES DIVISION: *Sponsored by Destin Realty*
Aggregate weight of speckled trout over 20” (1 per day; 5 fish limit). Ladies may also win or place in overall tournament with their single largest fish.
1st thru 5th Place will be recognized

LEONARD SMITH SPECIAL:
Optional for $25 Additional Entry Fee
Total weight of your best 4 speckled trout (per day), longer than 15” and shorter than 20” total length (15” – 19.99”), for a combined total of 8 fish. Only fish caught and weighed in on May 30 & 31 will be eligible.
Daily Winner: $100
1st Place: 50% of division fee
2nd Place: 30% of division fee
3rd Place: 20% of division fee
10. WRAP UP:
Monday, June 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. CT, a fish fry will be held at Nick’s to recognize all participants. Prizes and awards will start at 7PM CT.

ONLY 1 FISH PER CONTESTANT WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE LEADER BOARD.
ALL CONTESTANTS ARE SUBJECT TO A POLYGRAPH TEST.

All fish must be caught in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries thereof (Brooks Bridge to Peach Creek).

For more information, contact Trey Nick at 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161 or email at:

[email protected]

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May
30
Mon
Walton County Memorial Day services
May 30 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Gum Creek Cemetery DeFuniak Springs
8 a.m.

Gum Creek Cemetery, one of the oldest in Walton County, is thought to be at least 160 years old. As such, it marks the final resting place of veterans from American’s wars all the way back to the early 19th Century, with 12 known Civil War veterans and one confirmed Seminole War veteran. There are many veterans from 20th century conflicts, from World War I throughout the Korean War, buried in the cemetery as well. For more information call Tom Baker at 850-333-2195.

Gum Creek Cemetery is located just off SR-83, north of DeFuniak Springs.

Gulf Cemetery Santa Rosa Beach
10 a.m.

Florida celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014. The cemetery is located on land granted by the United States Government and signed by President Woodrow Wilson on June 17, 1914. The cemetery has a rich history tied to the local community. Many community leaders, veterans and other notable locals chose Gulf Cemetery to be their final resting place.

Gulf Cemetery is located on County Hwy. 393 South, Santa Rosa Beach.

Reading with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
May 30 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Topsail Hill Preserve State park invites your little ones to reading with a ranger. Join a ranger Christina of Topsail Hill to hear a story about nature from the book The Wise Mullet of Cook Bayou by Timothy A. Weeks. This program will take place in the clubhouse or on the grass on a pleasant day. Children will have the opportunity to ask the Ranger questions and a snack. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

May
31
Tue
Cirque du Rosemary Lumiere acrobatic performances
May 31 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Cirque du Rosemary: Lumiere comes to Rosemary Beach every Tuesday evening from May 31 – August 9. Lumiere is a circus under the stars featuring aerial arts and amazing acrobatics. The unique performers of Lumiere will light up the night with their fantastic performances and one-of-a-kind circus apparatuses.

Date/Time:
8 p.m. -Tuesdays May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9, 2016

Location:
Rosemary Beach, FL North on Barrett Square Green. This is a free event.

Come early for dinner or bring a picnic for the family. Bring along blankets or towels to use as show seating.

For questions about this event or information about booking please call Amanda at 850-596-4065 or Nicole at 479-461-3966.

Jun
1
Wed
Anima track identification hike at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an informational program about the wildlife we share the park with. Have you ever come across an animal print or group of prints in the mud of a trail and wondered “Who left it? A dog? Coyote? Raccoon? Squirrel?” Join a Topsail Hill Preserve Park Ranger and learn about prints and tracks, then go on a nature hike to fine tune your track identifying skills. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to tram stop 2. If weather is bad the program will be held in the clubhouse. Outside tours cancelled during severe weather.

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Public workshops on 331 bridge park and excess bridge tax funds
Jun 1 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Public workshops will be held Wednesday June 1, 2016, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the South Walton Annex Boardroom, 31 Coastal Center Blvd., Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Monday June 6th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Freeport Community Center, 16040 US Hwy 331 S., Freeport, FL. The purpose of these workshops is to discuss the 331 Bridge Park and excess Bridge Tax funds.

Two or more Walton County elected or appointed officials may attend. These workshops are open to the public.

If anyone decides to appeal a decision of the Board with respect to this meeting that person must ensure that a verbatim record of the meeting is made.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact the Board of County Commissioners of Walton County no later than seven days prior to the proceeding at the address given in this notice or phone (850) 622-7801.

Camp Helen State Park hosting movie, food and fun
Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The third annual Movies & More series at Camp Helen State Park will be start on Wednesday, June 1.

The evening begins 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 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.

The movie “Planes: Fire & Rescue” will be featured. In this movie, the highflying adventure continues when Dusty Crophopper learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again. He joins forces with the Fire and Rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his ATV team, The Smokejumpers, to battle a massive wildfire. (Rated PG). The interpretive program will be about Prescribed Fires by the Florida Forest Service.

More information is available 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.

Jun
2
Thu
Americana music under the stars at Topsail
Jun 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is hosting a musical event on Thursdays. Americana Under the Stars, a new weekly concert series will showcase singer/songwriters from across the country.

Admission to the park is free and there is a suggested $5 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Enter through the main park entrance off of 30-A and park in the day use parking area, from there it is a short hike down to the amphitheater. Bring a chair, your favorite beverage and enjoy some music in the park. This is family/ pet friendly and fun for all ages.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330 ::MAP::

Jun
3
Fri
Choctawhatchee Catfish tournament
Jun 3 @ 7:30 am – Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm

The 4th annual Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup will be held June 3 at 4 p.m. and ends June 4th at 12 Noon.

The tournament will be held at the Choctawhatchee River Caryville Landing on Hwy. 90.

$50 entry fee per person with 1st place – $1000, 2nd place – $500, and 3rd place – $250. $100 for the most total weight of flathead catfish, $100 1st place youth division.

For more information, contact Seve Herrington at (850) 624-9504 or Dustin Green at (850) 768-0049.

Jun
4
Sat
Seaside Farmers Market
Jun 4 @ 3:00 am – 7:00 am

Come and reap the benefits of purchasing locally grown food as local farmers and vendors offer their wares. Fresh eggs, vegetables and fruit, honey, breads, cookies, cheeses, milk, organic chickens and broth, handmade jewelry, soaps and more. Buying locally grown food benefits you and our community.
Location
: Seaside

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