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Witches ride in South Walton on Oct. 31

The Witches of South Walton are set the host their 16th Annual Witch Ride on Wednesday, October 31, 2019 to support the mission of local nonprofit, the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN). “When our founders started the ride in 2004, it was just three of them. It’s hard to believe that we have grown to around 350 riders and many more followers,” said Stephen Brinker of the Witches of South Walton. “Our little ride has inspired others around the US...

World War II Navy veteran treks across the U.S. on a mission

Ernie Andrus grew up in Kansas, a poor farm boy who survived the great depression, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. These days at age 95, he is running across the U.S. to raise funds for the U.S.S. LST 325 ship memorial. This is the second time he’s running. On his first journey, he ran from the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, CA. on October 7, 2013 and reached the Atlantic Ocean, Saint Simons Island, GA. on...

Container gardening lecture in Grayton Beach Oct. 2

The Walton County Master Gardeners invite you to join them for their next lecture series installment, given by Andrea Schnapp.  Andrea has been a Master Gardener in St. Louis, MO. and currently in Walton County, FL., and her passion is container gardening. The presentation will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension – Coastal Branch located at 70 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach. Learn which plants will last many seasons and how to refurbish...

Enter your finest in the Plant Show at the Walton County Fair Oct. 5-6

The Walton County Fair invites all citizens of Walton and Holmes County to enter their finest plants in the 2019 Potted Plant Show. The fairgrounds are located at 790 N 9thStreet in DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433. Plants will be received on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and again on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Exhibitors should bring their entries through the arena door located by the white trailer / fair office. Each person...

Benefit for new Alaqua Animal Refuge facility Oct. 18-19

Alaqua Animal Refuge Announces Animoré A Weekend Benefit for the Love of Animals Alaqua Animal Refuge announced its newest fundraising weekend, Animoré, to be held Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19, 2019 on the grounds of Alaqua’s future home along Highway 20 in Freeport, Florida. Showcasing two events and one epic weekend, Animoré is the first annual festival in celebration of and for the love of animals. The combination of two words, Animoré symbolizes “animals” and “amore,” which means...

Peddler’s Alley open air market in DeFuniak Springs Sept. 28

Peddler’s Alley, an open-air market in DeFuniak Springs historic downtown will be in full swing from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 28. Spread across the alleys of downtown between Baldwin Avenue and Nelson Avenue. The alleys have flea market and yard-sale vendors, artists and crafters, vendors of plants, produce, canned goods and bake sale items. Call 850-401-8757 for more information....

First lavender farm in Florida thriving in Southport

With the many challenges of growing lavender in the south, one family has found success right here in the Florida Panhandle. It’s a group endeavor as Jason Leabo, an Air Force combat veteran, his wife Kari, and daughters Jamie and Amber all chip in and work their Southern Grace Lavender Farm in Southport. As Florida’s first lavender farm, it is off to a great start with more than 1,500 plants along with a line of lavender products. Planted right before...

Beef Cattle seminar in Paxton Sept. 19

There is roughly 15,000 head of cattle in Walton County, making them an important part of area agriculture. The University of Florida/Walton County Extension and the Panhandle Cattlemen’s Association is offering an educational program from 3 – 5 p.m. in Paxton to help livestock owners stay competitive and up to date on the business. The event will begin with a ranch visit at Windy Hill Ranch, 883 Highway 2, at 3 p.m. followed by a meal and program at 4:30...

Mosquito lecture in DeFuniak Springs Sept. 4

The Walton County Master Gardeners resume their lecture series for the local gardeners on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Walton Extension Office, 732 N 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs.  We are pleased to hear from Julie McConnell, the Horticulture Agent from our neighbor, Bay County.  She will be discussing mosquito borne disease, an important topic year-round for those of us who spend time outdoors. Learn effective and safe tactics to deal with these pests. Cost...

Fall gardening program in DeFuniak Springs Aug. 20

Home gardens are popular everywhere, but in north Florida there are some interesting challenges to growing a productive garden. Learn about the issues we face in the panhandle at Walton County Extension’s Fall Gardening program hosted by the Walton County Extension Office. It will be held at the Walton County Extension Office in DeFuniak Springs on Tuesday, August 20 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. CST, and there will be a $10 fee to attend. Topics covered will include new varieties...

Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Aug. 19

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Monday, Aug. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. for a guided plant stroll. Take a stroll through the park and the campground to explore the plants visible and to see what is in bloom. Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes as you’ll be walking on uneven terrain. Entry into the park is free through Labor Day weekend. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at...

Seagrove Beach Real Estate Company hosting “Retire Old Glory” U.S. flag drive

Davis Properties of NW Florida, one of South Walton’s oldest real estate companies, is hosting a South Walton community out-reach project over the next several weeks. “Retire Old Glory” U.S. Flag Drive, is geared toward giving 30A locals a convenient means to properly dispose of their old, worn or tattered American flags. “With Independence Day recently past, we thought that many folks might have purchased new American Flags to display for the Fourth of July holiday. But the dilemma is,...