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
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Earth Day Festival at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park April 29

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for their annual Earth Day Festival on April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy more than a dozen different environmental organizations and agency exhibits, nature activities, games, animals, face painting and booths as well as food, music and fun.

An exciting part of the event is the participation in the #Trees4Earth campaign. With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day fast approaching in 2020, Trees for the Earth campaign was launched in 2016, with a goal to plant 7.8 billion trees worldwide by 2020—one for every person projected to be on Earth. The park and event attendees will be planting trees on park property as part of this campaign.

There will be tram rides to the beach and bikes, canoes, kayaks and paddleboards will also be available for rent. Park admission is free during the event.

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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17th Annual Old Nick’s Speckled Trout Shoot Out May 1 – 31

Treylermade Tournaments is hosting their 17th Annual Old Nick’s Speckled Trout Shoot Out May 1 – 31, 2017.

TOURNAMENT RULES & REGULATIONS
TOURNAMENT DATES: May 1st – May 31st, 2017 – Download Speckled Trout Shoot Out Entry Form

SPECIES: Speckled Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus) – 15” minimum length
ENTRY FEE: $30 per Angler; After May 1st – $35 per Angler. Anglers must wait 24 hours after registering/submitting entry fee for tournament to weigh-in fish. Anglers can submit entry fee payment / registration to –
Nick’s Seafood Restaurant- 7585 HWY 20 West, Freeport, FL, or by phone at (850) 835-2222 or (850) 830-6161.
RULES: Anglers will be judged on their single heaviest Speckled Trout, over 15”. Each Angler in the Speckled Trout division is allowed 3 weigh-ins for the entire tournament. Fish must be caught in Choctawhatchee Bay, or estuaries thereof (Brooks Bridge to Peach Creek).

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.

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Crape myrtle workshop in Santa Rosa Beach May 3

It’s getting near summertime, which means it is time for one of the South’s best trees, the crape myrtle to shine. If an ultra-reliable, low-maintenance, colorful landscape interests you, then the Walton County Master Gardeners would like to invite you to attend “Everything Crape Myrtles,” the latest installment of the Walton County Master Gardeners Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 3th from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m. at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Coastal Branch, 70 Logan Ln, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.

This workshop will feature Walton County Horticulture Agent Daniel Leonard and will demonstrate how choosing the proper cultivar of crape myrtle and maintaining them correctly can transform your landscape. Learn which cultivars flourish in Florida and why, which ones to avoid, how to properly prune and maintain them, and how to design a landscape using crape myrtle.

Seating is limited, so call (850)-892-8172 to reserve your spot.  Cost of the program is $5 (cash or check only) and will include presentation handouts, educational publications, plant raffle for some of the highlighted varieties, and light refreshments.

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Walton County hosting fixed price yard sale in DeFuniak Springs May 13

In an effort to rid the county of surplus items and free up space in county facilities, Walton County will be hosting a fixed price yard sale on Saturday, May 13, from 7 – 10 am at the County Landfill located north of DeFuniak Springs off Highway 83 North.

The fixed price sale may include furniture, computers, monitors, collectibles, antiques, beach equipment, sporting goods, tools and construction items and much more. This sale does not include vehicles.

Items that will be sold at the yard sale include items that the county has surplused that are no longer used or needed by the County, as well as items that are collected through the County’s recycling program at the landfill.

The landfill gates will open at 6:30am to facilitate parking, however entrance to the sale will not be allowed until 7am.

The following rules will be in place for this event:

  • The County will not be holding a pre-sale viewing.
  • Items must be paid for with Cash or local check.
  • All items will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
  • All items are priced as marked and will not be negotiated.
  • All items are purchased as is and contain no County liability or warranty.
  • All purchased items must be removed from the grounds following purchase. (Assistance with loading will be provided)
  • All sales will be final.
  • All items must be paid for at time of sale and cannot be held.
  • Stockpiling of merchandise will not be permitted.

In addition to the County’s ongoing public auction program, these fixed price sales give the County an additional to opportunity to offer their surplus items to the public for purchase.

If you should have any questions, please contact the County’s Public Information Department at 850-892-8155.

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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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Guided kayak tour of Rocky Bayou May 19

Date/time: Friday May 19, 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. The event will be held at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State 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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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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Kids to Park Day in Niceville May 20

The Kids to Park Day, a family and community event for all ages, will be held Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, located at 4281 Highway 20 East in Niceville FL 32578.

The day will include five different hikes beginning on the hour all day long. Each hike will have a booth where you can sign up for the program. The hikes include a bug hunt, a butterfly hike, a royalty hike with a book reading (participants may dress in regal attire), Ant hike with a book reading, and a tour of Red Cedar nature trail. A puppet show will begin at noon under the Red Cedar pavilion. The event is hosted by Hike It Baby, with support from the Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park.

All activities and entertainment are free of charge. Park entrance fees do apply $5.00 per car. No need to RSVP- just be prepared to have a great time. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch; bug spray and sunscreen. For more information please contact the ranger station at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park (850) 833-9144.

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Benefit Smile Mile and 5K race May 20

Date/time: Saturday, May 20, 8 a.m.

Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN) will host their inaugural Smile Mile and 5K Race presented by St. Joe Community Foundation. The race will take place at 8 a.m. with staggered flight start times on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Watercolor’s Marina Park in Santa Rosa Beach.

Registration is available before the race online and on the day of the race beginning at 7 or click here for advanced registration.

The “Smile Mile – The Fastest Mile on 30A” start time is 8 am at Marina Park in Watercolor. Runners go West on Western Lake, turn right on Buttercup, right onto on 30A. Loop back to make 1 mile course.
The 5K start time is 8:30 am at Marina Park in Watercolor. Runners go West on Western Lake, turn right on Buttercup, right onto on 30A. Loop back to make 5K course.
Online registration is $20 for a Child and $40 for an Adult. Registration after May 1 is $25 for a Child and $45 for an Adult.

Stay for the post race festivities including the Ohana Institute Bands, Max McCann, food, beverages, Epic Photo Co. booth sponsored by Duckies Shop of Fun ~ Seaside, FL and Mercantile ~ Seaside, FL, kids entertainment, prizes and more.

Come celebrate on Friday Night, May 19th, at the CVHN Birthday Bash at The Bellamy of 30A from 6-9 pm. Pick up your race packet, enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and food for the kids sponsored by Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Jackacuda’s Seafood & Sushi and Cuvée Kitchen + Wine Bar, and more.

All proceeds benefit Children’s Volunteer Health Network.

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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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