Walton County Extension offering 4H summer day camps in DeFuniak Springs

Pack your kiddos a lunch and send them on over to the Walton County Extension Office where they will have the amazing opportunity to use their “Head, Heart, Hands, and Health” in super fun, science based activities. From sewing to grilling, build-a-bots, and more, 4H will have something every kid can enjoy. Call 850-892-8172 for more information or to register here.

Cloverbud Chef X-Treme – June 7-8
Cloverbuds (for ages 5-7 as of September 1, 2016) will become X-Treme chefs during this two day camp with 4H! Youth will learn basic cooking skills, kitchen safety, culinary art, and prepare their own recipes! Campers will bring home a recipe book, certificate, crafts and basic cooking and kitchen safety skills.

X-Treme Cuisine – June 27–29
Travel the globe with 4H during our X-TREME CUISINE day camp! This is an all-time FAVORITE day camp we bring back each year with different highlighted countries! Youth are fully immersed in the country of the day through sight, sound and taste. 4-H makes “Learning by Doing” fun by teaching youth cooking safety, kitchen/knife skills, and recipe prep and measurements. Also during X-TREME CUISINE, youth learn the food, industry, culture, customs and even language from all the countries they “visit” during this week. For Ages 8-18 (As of September 1, 2016).

“SEW” Funtastic – July 6
Youth will learn sewing skills from hand stitching to sewing machines! They will learn parts of their machines and how to thread and maintain their machines at home for future projects! This camp IS NOT geared toward intermediate or advanced sewers, it is strictly for youth who have no or minimal sewing experience! For Ages 8-18 (As of September 1, 2016).

Tailgator Camp – July 10-12
Campers will spend three days with 4-H learning all there is to know about grilling in order to prepare them for the District Tailgating Challenge July 22nd. Youth will learn how to light a grill, how to maintain a grill fire/temperature, how to prepare different proteins (beef, pork, poultry, seafood), make their own spice rubs, food safety in prep and storage, food presentation, and much more! For ages 10-18 (As of September 1, 2016).

Build-A-Bot – July 25-27
If you can dream it, we can make it at the 4-H Build-a-Bot day camp! This day camp will be loaded with STEM activities to teach youth about the basics of robotics and how to “Build-a-Bot” out of items you can find in your parents junk drawer at home. This can also prepare youth to compete in the Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum at the North Florida Fair in Tallahassee. Youth will make flashlights, robo-toothbrushes and more. For Ages 8-18 (As of September 1, 2016).


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Walton County fishing report for May 17

Fishing is good

Surf: Whiting a few pompano.

Bay: Good redfish and some trout bites for anyone who gets out there.

River: Shellcracker, bass, catfish, and a few hybrid.

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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Choctawhatchee Catfish tournament June 2-3

Bill Stewart with his 69.8 lb. blue catfish on May 30, 2015. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

The 5th annual Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup will be held June 2 at 4 p.m. and ends June 3th 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 Steve Herrington at (850) 624-9504 or Dustin Green at (850) 768-0049.

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Blueberry preserve workshop in DeFuniak Springs May 25

Preserve a piece of spring with a hands on workshop to learn safe water-bath canning methods for blueberries. Walk away with your very own jar of fresh, blueberry preserves just in time for your Memorial Day picnic.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, May 25th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs.

Cost $15.00 register at: https://ufwaltonblueberry.eventbrite.com

Call 892-8172 for questions.

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Marina Village hosting open house in Freeport May 20

Marina Village at LaGrange Bayou is hosting an open house on Sat. May 20 from 1 – 5 p.m.

They will have food, music, vendors, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Come and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, beautiful view and learn about services offered. Marina Village will accepting donations of $8.00 per tray of shrimp boil (A generous portion Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes and Corn) and $2.50 for cheeseburger or $1.50 for hot dogs. Beverages can be purchased in the ship’s store.

There will be raffle drawings each house and the 50/50 drawing will be held at 4 pm (must be present to win).

All proceeds from the raffle drawing, 50/50 proceeds and 50% of food donation will benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge.

Marina Village is located at 621 Marina Village Blvd., Freeport, Fl. 32439

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Day use entrance fees waived at Grayton Beach and Topsail Hill Preserve State Parks May 29 – Sept. 4

Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 29 – Sept. 4. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Free admission to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park May 29 – Sept. 4. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

Walton County, Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Grayton Beach State Park and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Division of Recreation and Parks are teaming up to provide parking at no-charge for summer beach goers between May 29 to Sept. 4, 2017.

Starting on May 29, regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Grayton Beach State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW).

The arrangement will attract visitors and residents for outdoor recreation opportunities, support the Walton County Tourist Development Plan, and increase beach access parking availability along Highway 30A.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service will continue to operate service each day from 9 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the Park’s beach access from their public parking lot.

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

Grayton Beach State Park is located off of Scenic Road 30A at 357 Main Park Rd, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call (850) 267-8300. ::MAP::

Hours of operation 8 a.m. to sunset.

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