Upcoming Events

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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

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

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Rocky Bayou State Park hosting fishing classes each Saturday in March

Date: Saturdays March 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm

Join Bass Pro Shops every Saturday during March of 2017 for a unique opportunity to take a fishing class at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park. Participants please meet at the boat ramp at 8:00 am where we they 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 needs 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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Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou March 24

Date/time: Friday March 24, 9 – 11 a.m.

Join a Park Ranger for a unique opportunity to paddle Rocky Bayou. The paddle will go along the shoreline of Rocky Bayou to Rocky Creek and back to the park. Rocky Bayou is a fresh to brackish water system supporting a large variety of fish and shellfish, including the federally endangered Okaloosa darter.

Osprey and bald eagles are known to nest within the area. Osprey in particular are often sighted by campers, kayakers and locals.

Space is limited to 12 people for the trip. There are 5 double kayaks and 2 single kayaks available to rent or you may bring your own vessel. A signup sheet will be available in the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park and will be on a first come first serve basis.

Park admission fees do apply and is $5.00 per vehicle. 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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Hobby gardening course in DeFuniak Springs March 24

Date/time: Friday, March 24 – 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

It’s time to start thinking about gardening, but not everyone wants or needs acres of vegetables. The University of Florida IFAS Extension Service is presenting an educational program for those interested in learning about small hobby gardening.

The class will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs on March 24 from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Cost is $5. Topics covered will include container gardening, aquaponics, insects and diseases, and weed control. Attendees will get a look at the Extension demonstration garden, greenhouse, and aquaponics setup.

The UF/ IFAS Walton County Extension office is located at 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL.

For more information, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or [email protected].

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Camp Helen State Park 20th anniversary celebration March 25

Date/time: Saturday, March 25, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The month of March marks the 20th anniversary of Camp Helen as a State Park. From 1945 to 1987 Camp Helen was the summer resort for employees of Avondale Mills, an Alabama-based textile company. In response to a Panama City News Herald letter to the editor from Mrs. Helen Schroeder, popular support, and hard work by the local community, the Camp Helen property was acquired by the State in 1996.

Join the Friends of Camp Helen and Park Manager Wesley Myers on Saturday, March 25th for a morning of activities. Events will be centered in the Lodge, a national historic site log cabin style home built by the Hicks family in the 30’s. Come when you can and stay as long as you can. The celebration will begin at 8:30 am where Park visitors will have the option of exploring birds and native plants on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society.   Alternately, you may take a walking history tour led by the Friends of Camp Helen. If you want to do both, the history tour will be repeated at noon. At 9:30 am Emily Ellis from the Lake Powell Community Alliance will treat visitors to a stunning photo journey of Camp Helen. Beginning at 10:00 am there will be a special showing of “Coastal Dune Lakes, Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast.” Award-winning producer of the film Elam Stoltzfus will be present to discuss the film. The celebration festivities begin at 11:30 am followed the second walking history tour. All visitors are welcome to stay at the Park the rest of the day and explore.

The celebration is free, however, the park’s $4.00 per vehicle entrance fee will apply.

Event schedule:
8:30 – 9:30 am
Option 1: Explore birds on the park’s Nature Trails with the Bay County Audubon Society. Wear comfortable shoes, binoculars provided.

Option 2: Walking history tour.

9:30 – 10 a.m.
Lake Powell – A Photo Journey by Emily Ellis Lake Powell Community Alliance in the Lodge.

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast – A Public Television documentary. Awarding winning producer Elam Stoltzfus will be present to discuss the film.

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Camp Helen State Park 20-year anniversary celebration.

12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Walking history tour.

Driving Directions:
Camp Helen is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach, FL, just west of the Phillips Inlet bridge on the Bay County and Walton county line. The entrance is south of U.S. Hwy 98. ::MAP::

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Marvel of Flight festival in DeFuniak Springs March 31 – April 1

The 7th annual Marvel of Flight at the DeFuniak Springs Airport to be held March 31 & April 1, 2017, will be the largest fly-in and aviation expo in Northwest Florida, and the City of DeFuniak Springs is promising to deliver the best line up of special guest speakers, exhibits, and aircraft static displays to-date.

The event is open to the public and en lieu of admission fees, the City of DeFuniak Springs is requesting everyone bring a food pantry donation to benefit the Matrix Community Outreach Center local food bank program.

Headlining the event as honorary guest and hosting a series of advanced flight training forums is three-time National Aerobatic Champion and National Aviation Hall of Fame member Patty Wagstaff.  Other special guests include the Tiger Flight Foundation formation flight demonstration team, Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter, and Hixson Flight Museum.

The fun filled day of activities will include a “Rescue at Dawn” historical re-enactment presented by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation Wiregrass Chapter involving three Vietnam War Era historical aircraft.

The event will be held at the DeFuniak Springs Airport, 171 Country Club Lane, DeFuniak Springs. ::MAP::

For more information, visit the event website http://www.marvelofflight.com/ or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MarvelofFlight

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Washington County Heritage Festival in Chipley April 1 – 2

Come experience and enjoy an eclectic mix of unique old world demonstrators, wild animals, antique camper and cars, Indian encampment, Civil War reenactors and much more all to the back drop of one of the Panhandle’s hidden gems. There will be many artists including a blacksmith, chainsaw wood carver, flint knappers and soap makers with a variety of homemade crafts, artwork and jewelry for sale. There will be plenty of great food and drinks and good old fashion fun for the whole family.  While at the park enjoy the natural wonders that make Falling Waters so unique.

Saturday  April 1, 2017  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday  April 2, 2017  12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This event will be presented at all use areas within the park, including the picnic area, campgrounds, lakes and primitive area. Wearing sunscreen, comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for weather conditions is recommended.There will be a tram available for transportation during the event between the picnic area and the campground.

The standard $5 park entrance fees will apply for up to eight people in a vehicle.

More information: Falling Waters State Park (850) 638-6130

Falling Waters State Park, 1130 State Park Road, Chipley, FL 32428. The park is located three miles south of Chipley, off State Road 77A. ::MAP::

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Plastic pollution program in DeFuniak Springs April 5

Date/time: Wed., April 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Laura Tiu, Marine Science Agent for Walton and Okaloosa Counties will discuss Micro Plastics, a new term which is being tossed about, but what’s with all the fuss? The rise of plastic use can be traced from the production of celluloid combs of the early 1900s to the explosion of plastic production after World War II, to the introduction of bottled water in the late 1980s.  After nearly a century of plastic production, we have discovered negative environmental impacts that we never anticipated. Now the questions are: how bad is it and what can we do to combat our plastic addiction? Discover the dangers of micro plastics and how gardeners can adopt sustainable practices to reduce these pollutants in the environment.

The program will be held at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m.  The location is 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. The cost will be $5, payable at the door (cash only, please).  Light refreshments will be served.  Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact Cheryl at 850-892-8172 or [email protected] by the Monday before to reserve your place.

Master Gardeners will be on hand to take gardening questions and help with soil samples. There is an $8 fee, including shipping, to submit soil samples to the University of Florida for analysis. Master Gardeners are at the location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.

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Downtown Arts Night in DeFuniak Springs April 7

Friday evening, April 7, 2017, Historic Baldwin Avenue will be the site of the Downtown Arts Night.

Regional artists, wood workers, jewelers, authors, quilters, basket weavers and many other hand selected crafters from DeFuniak Springs and surrounding area will line the streets to show off their talents and wares.

The event will be held in the historic district of downtown DeFuniak Springs from 5 – 9 p.m. along Baldwin Avenue, from 6th to 8th streets. Shop, eat, and enjoy a night of art, music and fun for the entire family. Downtown businesses will keep their lights on for you to peruse their stores and light up the evening events.

From one end of Baldwin to the other, music will be in the air as musicians as musicians are back by popular demand. The talented Bruce Naylor will play smooth vibes on his jazz and blues guitar in front of Naylor Realty and Cassidy Freiburger and Bella Pryor, two high school girls with talent beyond their ages will sing pop and modern tunes. You will also enjoy featured guest musician Shane D’Fury. Shane is a well-known performer and singer from South Walton who knows how to get you on your feet with contemporary and popular tunes.

Bogey’s Restaurant and That Pizza Place will be open during Arts Night to serve you as well.

For more information call Cindy, 850.419.3007, or email [email protected].

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Community egg drop in Santa Rosa Beach April 8

Date/time: Sat., April 8, 9 – 10 a.m.

Seagrove Baptist Church will be hosting an Easter Egg Drop from a helicopter on Saturday, April 8. Register to win a family season passes to Big Kahuna’s Water Park. The egg drop will include 5,000 eggs filled with candy and toys.

The event is free and will be held at Helen McCall Park, 325 Moll Drive, Santa Rosa Beach.

For more information go to www.seagrovebaptist.org.

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Family Estuary Festival in Niceville April 8

Date/time: Saturday, April 8th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 10th Annual Family Estuary Festival, a free family and community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, April 8th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located at 4281 Highway 20 East in Niceville.

There is no park entrance fee for the festival which offers fun activities, hand-on displays and environmental awareness. The event is hosted by the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at Northwest Florida State College, with support from the Friends of the Emerald Coast State Parks.

The Family Estuary Festival features activities for the whole family including fish printing on t-shirts, explore the deep ocean and learn about critters that glow-in-the-dark, learn how to kayak in the bayou, view wildlife displays, learn about our local environment and more.

The event will also include displays by the Okaloosa County Health Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Audubon Society, Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and others.

All activities and entertainment are free of charge.

Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch and come learn about the local waters of our estuary and the people living and working there. For more information on the festival, contact the Mattie M. Kelly Cultural & Environmental Institute at 850-729-6469.

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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Preschool Easter egg hunt at Coastal Branch Library April 13

Date/time: Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m.

The Santa Rosa Beach Walton County Coastal Branch Library will be hosting an Easter egg hunt and preschool story hour on Thursday, April 13 at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be hopping into the Coastal Branch Library Reading Garden. Bring your favorite basket and join in the hunt. Free to the public. No reservations required.

For more information, call Shirles at 850-267-2809. Coastal Branch Library, 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. www.youseemore.com/walton

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Freeport Arts and Craft Festival, Easter egg hunt April 15

easterbunnyDate/time: Sat. April 15, 2017 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy a fun day of activities at the Annual Freeport Arts and Craft Festival and Easter Egg Hunt April 15. The event will be held at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Silent auctions at the Freeport Town Planters Society booth with proceeds going to the ACS/Relay for Life.

The Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Egg hunt times: special needs at 10:30 a.m., toddlers – 3 years at 11:00 a.m. Ages:  4- 7 at 12 Noon with egg drop. Ages 8 – 11 at 12:30 p.m. The Easter Bunny will parachute in about 12 Noon. Kids zone, food vendors, pony rides and family fun.

Freeport Regional Sports Complex is located in Hammock Bay, 563, Hammock Trail E, Freeport off of CR83A.

For more information contact Judy Aultman at (850) 835-1737 email – [email protected] or Donna Irwin at (850) 685-6916 email – [email protected].

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Easter Explosion at The Village of Baytowne Wharf April 15

Date/time: Saturday, April 15th – 12 – 3 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Bounce on over to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an Easter Explosion, Saturday April 15th.

Enjoy a day filled with family friendly entertainment, enjoy lawn games, face-painting, and even race over our inflatable obstacle course. And don’t forget to get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

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Artsquest Fine Arts Festival May 13 – 14

A Mother’s Day weekend tradition, ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival is a juried show that will take place May 13 & 14, in the Town Center of Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The festival is part of Art Week South Walton, a collaboration of visual, performing and literary arts events presented in diverse formats and venues throughout South Walton in May. Art Week South Walton also includes the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival, Digital Graffiti and the Seaside Writers Conference.

Presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, ArtsQuest will feature more than 150 other artists in various mediums including, but not limited to, ceramics, glass, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture, metal and wood. These exhibiting artists from around the United States will compete for awards and cash prizes totaling $10,000.

The Festival will also offer heritage art demonstrations, a CAA member artist exhibit, a Walton County student exhibit, continuous live music and entertainment, and “ImagiNation: where kids rule.” A full cash bar will be available throughout the weekend in Grand Park.

ArtsQuest is presented by Grand Boulevard at Sandestin and sponsored in part by Visit South Walton. The event is open to the public, and a $5 admission donation is requested. Visit ArtWeekSouthWalton.com for more information about ArtsQuest as well as other Art Week events.

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Old Nick’s Redfish Round Up tournament May 20

The Old Nick’s Redfish Round Up is the “Largest Redfish Tournament on the Gulf Coast,” held each year in May, along the waters of Choctawhatchee Bay in the Panhandle of Florida. For the 12th year in a row, Nick’s Seafood Restaurant and Treylermade Tournaments will bring hundreds of Anglers from all over the southeast to participate in this highly anticipated, one-day inshore fishing tournament.

The 12th Annual Old Nick’s Redfish Round Up will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, and will host a $12,500 TOTAL PAYOUT to the winning team or teams of each division.

To view/print the rules, regulations, and team entry information, please visit – www.nicksseafoodrestaurant.com/tournaments or visit Nick’s Seafood Restaurant at 7585 HWY 20 WEST, Freeport, FL 32439.

A portion of the proceeds from this fishing tournament will benefit healthy local waterways via the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA). For more information about CBA and their mission, please visit – www.basinalliance.org.

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Choctawhatchee Catfish tournament June 2-3

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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