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South Walton Farmers markets

farmersmarketSeaside Amphitheater – Saturdays 8 a.m. – 12 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

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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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Geocaching event at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Wednesday

Time: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy their “one of a kind” geocache program every Wednesday through Nov. 8. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. 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.

What is Geocaching? 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, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.

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::

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Gulf Place hosts live music on Sunday evenings

Gulf Place on 30A announces the lineup of the Summer Sunday Concert Series sponsored by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Kicking off on May 28, 2017, each week will feature a different local or regional band, ranging in genres. Performances will be appropriate for attendees of all ages. Concerts are from 5-8 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to enjoy the concert on the amphitheater lawn. The live entertainment acts are as follows, however subject to change. For more information, go to gulfplacefl.com

July 23 – Kane and the Saints
July 30 – Luke Langford Band
August 6 – Casey Kearney
August 13 – The Moon Lagoons
August 20 – Waterzedge
August 27 – Rust and Gold
September 3 – Kickstand Jenny
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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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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park July 28

Date/time: Friday, July 28, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on July 28, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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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Nick’s Kids Catfish Tournament July 29

kidscatfish1smJoin in on the fun as Treylermade Tournaments hosts their Annual Kids Catfish Tournament on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Entry fee is $50 per angler with proceeds to benefit the Backpacks of Love Foundation and Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Grasses in Classes. All anglers must register at Nick’s Seafood at Basin Bayou by 7 p.m. on Fri., July 28. Download flyer and registration form:   Catfish Tournament Rules, Regulations, Entry Form 2017

*All fisher kids must be registered by 7:00 pm Friday, July 28.

Rules- Kids age of 12 years or under, Four (4) catfish limit saltwater species. Fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay or estuaries thereof. Fish may be caught in a boat, on a dock, or from the shoreline. Adults may assist kids with handling fish but may not reel fish in for them. Baiting, casting and use of landing net only. Live or artificial bait, rod and reel only, no jugs, cast nets, or noodling. Note: Catfish have three spines use caution when handling these fish. (Cut the line when the fish is in the boat, hooks are cheap.)

**FISH MUST BE CAUGHT IN CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY NORTH OF THE DESTIN BRIDGE.

CRAB ISLAND AND DESTIN HARBOR AREAS ARE OFF-LIMITS. VIOLATING THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE TOURNAMENT**

1st PLACE BOTH DIVISIONS:A brand new boat & trolling motor by TRACKER MARINE!

Hardhead Division
Total weight of three Hardhead Catfish.
Grand Prize: New boat by Tracker Marine with trolling motor, safety gear, and accessories.
2nd – 5th Place: prizes and medals.

Sailcat Division
Single heaviest Sailcat.
Grand Prize: New boat by Tracker Marine with trolling motor, safety gear, and accessories.
2nd-5th Place: prizes and medals.

*If one Angler wins 1st Place in both divisions, he or she will be awarded one Grand Prize.*

Starting Point: Anglers may start from their desired location in waters on or adjacent to the Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tournament starts at safe daylight on Saturday, June 25th.

Weigh-in time: 4:00-5:00 PM. Anglers may start from their desired location in waters on or adjacent to the Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton Counties. Tournament starts at safe daylight on Saturday, July 29th.
Weigh-in time: 4:00-5:00 PM. Scale will open for 1-hour, 4:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, July 29. Contestants must be checked in with a tournament official by 5:00PM to have their catfish scored. Weigh-ins will be held on the stage at Nick’s Seafood Restaurant 7585 Hwy 20 West Freeport, FL 32439. 850-835-2222 or 850-830-6161.

Mullet Toss for all ages will be held following the weigh-in.

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Art in the park at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 4

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is offering a watercolor class with local artist Carol Dickson on Aug. 4.  Class fee is $25 and includes all materials needed. The class will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 participants and participants must be at least 12 years of age.  Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.  The park store is open seven days a week 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 4. Otherwise $6.00 per vehicle, allowing admission for 2-8 people per vehicle; over 8 people requires additional per person fees. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle, including motorcycles with one or more riders and vehicles with one occupant. $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, per passenger over 8 per vehicle, per passenger in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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::

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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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Fall Master Gardener class orientation Aug. 10

If you are interested in becoming a Florida Master Gardener, the University of Florida IFAS Extension Service is presenting a an orientation workshop detailing what the Master Gardener program is all about. The learning session will be held at UF/IFAS Walton County Extension, 732 N 9th St in DeFuniak Springs on Thursday, August 10. The program will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. CST, and there will be no charge to attend.

Topics covered will include what is a Master Gardener, volunteer opportunities in the program, community involvement opportunities, course requirements, the Florida Master Gardener mission, and continuing education opportunities.  Attendance at this orientation program is highly encouraged for admittance into the Fall 2017 Master Gardener class. Following the class, applications to enroll in the Fall 2017 Master Gardener class will be available.

For more information and to register for the orientation program, please contact Cheryl Cosson at (850) 892-8172 or [email protected].

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Benefit soccer tournament at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach Aug. 12

Kickin it for Cancer benefit 3v3 Soccer tournament will be held at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Aug. 12. The event will be in In honor of Jamison Chrivia and benefit the King family.

Youth and Adult Divisions
Ages 7 and up

Up to 6 players per team
Minimum of 4 games played
Cost: $180 per team Registration deadline is August 7, 2017 Email [email protected] to register or if you need a team.

Presented by DNA FC.

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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 25

Date/time: Friday, Aug. 25, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Aug. 25, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Sept. 22

Date/time: Friday, Sept. 22, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Sept. 22, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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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Art in the park at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 13

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is offering a watercolor class with local artist Carol Dickson on Oct. 13.  Class fee is $25 and includes all materials needed. The class will be from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Classes are limited to 10 participants and participants must be at least 12 years of age.  Registration is due 7 days before class date and can be done in the park store or online at www.topsailparkfriends.org.  The park store is open seven days a week 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Free entry to the park through Sept. 4. Otherwise $6.00 per vehicle, allowing admission for 2-8 people per vehicle; over 8 people requires additional per person fees. $4.00 per single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle, including motorcycles with one or more riders and vehicles with one occupant. $2.00 pedestrians, bicyclists, per passenger over 8 per vehicle, per passenger in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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::

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Guided sunrise paddle tour at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 27

Date/time: Friday, Oct. 27, 5 – 8 a.m.

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for a sunrise paddle on Oct. 27, 2017 from 5 – 8 a.m.  Experience Campbell Lake on a ninety-minute ranger guided paddling tour.  Participants must be experienced canoers/kayakers over 12 yrs. old.

For those that can’t attend this Sunrise Paddle maybe a future date will work better for them.  In 2017 Sunrise Paddles will be on the fourth Friday of the month June through October.

Program is $40 per person.  Space is limited.  Advanced online registration is required and can be done at www.topsailparkfriends.org. Program fee includes watercraft rental, PFD, paddle, park admission fee, glow sticks, tram ride to Campbell Lake, juice/water and a donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park. Program is weather dependent.

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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