Upcoming Events

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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. –
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. – 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. ::MAP::

Rosemary Beach Community Town Center 
Reap fresh produce and more from local farmers on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Rosemary Beach. Market located on N. Barrett Square.
9 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Grand Boulevard Farmers’ Market at Sandestin
Saturdays Year Round 9 a.m, -1 p.m.
Grand Park (Between Tommy Bahamas and Cantina Laredo)
600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach

Emerald Coast Farmers’ Market at Seascape Resort
100 Seascape Drive, Miramar Beach
Tuesdays Year Round 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays (Memorial Day-Labor Day) 12 Noon – .6 p.m.

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Rocky Bayou State Park hosting fishing classes every Saturday in Sept.

rockyviewDates: Saturdays September 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th, 2016

Time: 8 a.m. – 12 Noon

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during September for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Participants are asked to meet at the boat ramp at 8 a.m. where they will demonstrate the proper techniques for using a cast net to catch bait. Afterwards, they will walk over to a nearby pavilion where there is a small strip of beach from which to fish. The park will provide all bait and tackle and all the participant will need is a Florida Saltwater fishing license.

Space is limited to 10 people and there will be a sign up sheet in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. The spaces for the class are on a first come first serve basis. Please remember to bring sunscreen, bug spray, and any drinks or snacks you will require. Dress appropriately you will get wet.

Park admission fees do apply. Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park is located at 4281 S.R. 20, Niceville, FL. For more information, call (850) 833-9144.

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Corn maze, pumpkin patch and family fun at Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm in Ponce De Leon Sept. 24 – Oct. 31

Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm swings open their farm gate for some fall fun with a corn maze, pumpkin patch and an assortment of family activities from Sept. 24 – Oct. 31. The enjoyment includes more than 7-acres of pumpkins to choose from, a 6-acre corn maze, with more than 2 miles to navigate. There will also be tractor-pulled hayrides, farm animals, full food concessions and more. Enjoy a day of fall fun as you experience a working farm in Ponce De Leon on the Walton County line.

The Maze opens Saturday September 24th and will be open Fridays 2-8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. throughout the month of October. Children 3 and under are free, youth tickets are required for kids 4 and up. General admission and season passes include unlimited maze access, lots of non-ticketed activities including the corn pond, mini-maze, hayride, bounce houses, access to pumpkin patch (pumpkins not included) and more! Pumpkin picking only does not require any admission. Tickets purchased online are good for any date during normal business hours, just pick your favorite weekend and come on out!

Click here for prices and tickets.

Take a tour
Tours of Cypress Cattle’s 1,100-acre working farm will take you through soybean fields, vegetable crops, cypress lakes and pastures. Stop under the live oak trees by the pond and enjoy your lunch. The tour will run every 45 minutes.

Pick your own pumpkin at Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsPick a pumpkin
While you are at the farm, head out to the patch and pick your own pumpkin. Choose from giant pumpkins, Jack-o-Lanterns, green and whites, baby Jacks and gourds. Prices vary.

Halloween Bash at the barn Oct. 22
Things get a little frightfully fun on Oct. 22 at the farm. Head over to the Halloween Bash, haunted corn maze, and enjoy Luke Langford and the 331 South Band fire up some great country music from 6 – 10 p.m.

The events will be held at Cypress Cattle and Produce Farm at 2980 R. M. Ward Road, Ponce De Leon.

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Visit www.cypresscattle.com for full schedule, details and ticket purchase. For additional information call (850) 685-5890 visit their market at 16564 US 331s, Freeport, or email [email protected]

*Pre-season ticket sales will be fully refundable in the unlikely event (i.e. catastrophic weather) the maze cannot open.

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5K Family Hike at the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center Sept. 24

biophilatrailThe E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center teams up with the Walton County Health Department for the Biophilia Center 5K Family Hike on Saturday, September 24th.

Gates open at 7:00 a.m. and last hikers must begin trail by 8:30 a.m. Registration from 7:00-8:00 a.m. First Hikers hit the trail at 8:00 a.m.
$5 per person or $20 per family.

Educational health programs and interactive exhibit area open for all those not joining in on the hike. Goodie bags handed out to all finishers. Snacks and drinks available for purchase.
*Sturdy shoes suggested as this is a scenic nature hike with uneven terrain.

E.O.Wilson Biophilia Center • 4956 State Hwy 20 East • Freeport, Florida 32439

Tel: (850) 835-1824 – www.eowilsoncenter.org

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National Public Lands bike your park day at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 24

intothewildbiketourDate/time: Sat., Sept. 24 – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy your local state and national parks today. Come to Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and enjoy a “Cache In Trash Out” or a “Bike To Cache” event as well as Topsail’s Photo Scavenger Hunt. Visitors can check in at the camp store and pick up the geocache and/or photo scavenger hunt packet as well as a trash bag so that you can clean up your park while you enjoy Topsails’ “one of a kind” geocache program. This activity will take you to various points throughout the preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack. Bikes, Trikes, and pull behind carts may also be rented at the camp store for a nominal fee.

What is Geocaching you ask? Well, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the camp store to pick up your packets. Standard state park entry fees will apply.

$6.00 entry fee to the park per vehicle. 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::

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Learn about owls at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 29

Barred owl perched above Holmes Creek in northwest Florida. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsDate/time: Thurs., Sept. 29 – 9 – 10 a.m.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you to enjoy an information program about “Owls” and their place in the food web. For this program you will learn how to examine the roles owls play in the food web by dissecting owl pellets. Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the clubhouse. Standard state park entry fees will apply.

$6.00 entry fee to the park per vehicle. 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::

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Rock the Falls music and craft festival at Falling Waters State Park Oct. 1

Heritagefestival1Date/time: Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Falling Waters State Park and the Washington County Tourist Development Council are proud to present Rock the Falls Music Festival and Craft Show. Live music will be played by award winning recording artists along with crafters and artist all set to the backdrop of what has been called the most amazing geological feature in Florida.

Some of the crafters will include woodworkers, soap makers, glassworks, ceramics, jewelry, custom knives and much more. There will also be a Kid Zone with bounce houses, petting zoo and pony rides. The event would not be complete without some great BBQ and other amazing food available while enjoying the music. So bring a blanket and lawn chairs and enjoy a day of great music, amazing artists and fun for the whole family.

Cost is $5 per vehicle.

The park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

Check out www.floridastateparks.org/fallingwaters or call 850-638-6130 for more information.

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Fall Bay Day celebration at St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Oct. 1

A view of St. Joseph Bay from a viewing tower at the St. Joe Bay Preserve visitor's center. Lori Ceier/Walton OutdoorsDate/time: Sat., Oct. 1, 2016 – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. EST

Bay County Audubon Society and Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves present the opportunity to tour the Buffer and Aquatic Preserves and learn about birds and life along the bay. Guided tours of backwoods trails of the Buffer Preserve will be offered at 8:00 am, 9:30 am, 11:00 am, 12:30pm, and 2:00 ET. Our very own Ron Houser will be leading a birding trip!

Explore the Shore guided walk at 10 am ET. Shore Birds walk at the Cape will be at 8 am ET. An Aquatic Touch Tank will be presented by staff of the St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve. Live music by Crossroads Bluegrass throughout the day. There will be a Low Country Shrimp Boil from 11:00am – 2:00pm ET, $10.00 donation. All other activities are free. Please arrive early for scheduled activities since some have limited space. See www.stjosephbaypreserves.org for schedule and information.

The St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is located at 3915 Highway C-30, Port St. Joe, FL ::MAP::

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Good News UMC hosting BBQ Festival and car show Oct. 1

carGood News United Methodist Church is hosting a BBQ Festival and car show, Saturday, October 1st, from 12 – 4 p.m.  Live music with Cadillac Willy and Katie Knapp. There will also be a cornhole tournament, and games and activities for all ages.  To register a car go to www.goodnewsumc.net

Good News UMC is located at 4747 Hwy 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.
Tel: 850-622-9191

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Walton County Fair in Defuniak Springs Oct. 3 – 8, 2016

fairThe Walton County Fair, a tradition since 1924, kicks off six days of family fun on Monday, Oct. 3, 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
WEDNESDAY $18.00
THURSDAY $15.00
FRIDAY $18.00
SATURDAY 12-5 PM $15.00
SATURDAY 6-10 PM $18.00

ARMBANDS:
Saturday, armbands are good from 12 noon until 5PM.  Then a new one must be purchased for the 6PM 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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Camp Helen State Park Fall Festival Oct. 8

pumpkinsCamp Helen State Park will be hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8 from 12 noon – 5 pm. There will be fun, food, and games for the whole family. 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. A parent or guardian must accompany all children. Parking at the state park is limited to those who need accessible parking.  All others are requested to park at Winn-Dixie and ride the free shuttle to the park. Winn Dixie is at the junction of U. S. 98 and Front Beach Road a mile east of the Philips Inlet Bridge and about five miles west of Highway 79.

Additionally, Camp Helen will be selling pumpkins 7 days a week, 9 am – 5 pm, starting September 29th through October 31st.

These special events are sponsored by the Friends of Camp Helen State Park.

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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Fall planting for spring flowers lecture in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 12

daylilyDo you want reliable color in your landscape all year-round? Do you want to know the ins and outs of the most versatile class of plants available to you?  If so, the Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite the you to attend “Fall Planting for Spring Flowers,” the second installment of the “How Does Your Garden Grow” lecture series on Wednesday, October 12th from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Walton County Extension Office, 732 N 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433.

This workshop will feature Walton County Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard and will demonstrate how bulbs planted in the fall can yield year-round color. Learn which bulbs flourish in Florida and why, which species to avoid, when and how to plant the various types of bulbs, and how to design a bulb garden for four-season interest. Seating is limited, so call (850)-892-8172 or [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Cost of the program is $5 (cash or check only) and will include presentation handouts, educational publications, and light refreshments.

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Explore The Outdoors Festival comes to Live Oak Landing Oct. 15

boywithfishWalton Outdoors is pleased to announce we will be hosting our seventh annual Explore The Outdoors Festival on Oct. 15, 2016. 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.

This fun-filled day is geared towards introducing children to the wonders of exploring nature and the outdoor experience. Hands on activities will include fishing, kayaking, wildlife encounters, archery, interactive educational exhibits, nature-based crafts, 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.

Activities and exhibits include:
• Fishing on Black Creek
• FISH FLORIDA fishing rod/reel giveaways
• Freshwater fishing education with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
• Kayaking with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network
• Emerald Coast Hydrobike cruises
• Archery with Freeport Parks and Recreation
• Boating with Wounded Warrior Fishing
• Birding with the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society
• Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wildlife exhibit
• Topsail Hill Preserve State Park exhibit
• Ponce De Leon Springs State Park
• Eden Gardens/Camp Helen State Park
• Northwest Florida Astronomy club
• Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance touch tank
• Smokey the Bear and his friends from Forestry
• Snake exhibit
• Washington County exhibit
• Sea Grant
• Emerald Coast Science Center
• Friends of South Walton Sea Turtles
• Freeport Town Planters Society crafts
• Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge exhibit
• Mattie Kelly Environmental Institute exhibit
• Glendale Memorial Nature Preserve exhibit

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Gulf Coast Insulation• FISH FLORIDA • Freeport Planters, C.W. Roberts • Copy Systems, • The UPS Store • Copeland’s Gun and Tackle • Ace Hardware DeFuniak Springs

Take CR3280 to McDaniel’s Fishcamp Road, (Black Creek General Store). Follow to the end. Live Oak Landing is on the left. ::MAP::

For more information call (850) 267-2064.

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Defuniak Springs Haunted Hospital Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29

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Headless bodies, petrified mummies, experiments gone terribly wrong and a sadistic surgeon gone mad come to life at the old Lakeside Hospital where evil loves to party. Can you handle THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL featured in the 1999 campy horror classic, “House on the Haunted Hill?” Time will tell if you can manage to hold on to your senses and escape this chamber of terror, witnessing cauldrons of blood, gory ghosts and something even more…the “darkness.”

The DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. in cooperation with the Florida Chautauqua Association will transform the old hospital into a fright night for the second year. If you have the stomach for it, welcome to an experience which will live in your memory longer than you’d like. Come to THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL to be preyed upon. On Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd from 7 – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, October 28th and 29th from7 pm – midnight for a mere $10, experience a nail biting evening that will haunt your dreams!

Proceeds from THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL benefit both the Florida Chautauqua Association and the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op, Inc. Chautauqua funds will help pay for the newly installed roof and operating costs of the old Lakeside Hospital, home of the Florida Chautauqua Association.

For those concerned with parking for THE HAUNTED HOSPITAL, Baldwin Avenue in Historic Downtown DeFuniak Springs will be available along with Circle Drive and adjoining side streets to accommodate vehicles. HAUNTED HOSPITAL attendees must be 12 years and older to attend or accompanied by a parent if underage. The Haunted House address is 1290 Circle Drive, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.

Tickets will be available at the door. Advance ticket sales can be purchased at the DeFuniak Springs Art Co-Op beginning September 19th. The Co-Op ‘s location is 782 Baldwin Avenue in the Historic Downtown area and hours are 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 Emerald Coast Flowers and Gifts, 137 Hwy. 20 West and Kathryn Nikole Ladies Boutique, 131 State Highway 20 West in Freeport, FL. On the coast, Smith’s Antiques at 1250 Emerald Coast Pkwy., Miramar Beach will be selling cash only tickets. Check out the Haunted Hospital website at https://www.defuniakspringshauntedhouse.com/ to find specific times for advance ticket sales at our vendor locations. The Haunted Hospital’s Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/defuniakspringshauntedhouse/ Inquiries can be made at [email protected] or call 850-419-3007.

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Pumpkin Festival at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides Oct. 22, 23, 29, 30

arnettspumpkinfestsmTime: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Enjoy family fun at Arnett’s Gulfside Trail rides this October on their 20-acre horse ranch. Activities include pumpkin sale, bounce houses, hay rids, kid’s crafts, pony rides, food and more.

Festival dates are Oct. 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th.

Arnett’s Gulfside Trail Rides is located at 613 CR 393, Santa Rosa Beach. For more information, call 850-208-3114.

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Walton County community clean-up day at Choctaw Beach Oct. 22

walton-county-logoWalton County will be hosting a clean-up day at Choctaw Beach Park, SR20 in Choctaw Beach, Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Dumpsters will provided from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, glass, and aluminum.

DO NOT BRING: POISONS, PESTICIDES, PAINTS, THINNERS, GASOLINE, AND OTHER FLAMMABLES.

 

 

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