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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Mosquito lecture in DeFuniak Springs 10:00 am
Mosquito lecture in DeFuniak Springs
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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 to attend this workshop is $5 cash or check please, payable at the door.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Please call 850-892-8172 or email haneyc@ufl.edu to save your place.  Light refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you. Master Gardeners will be on hand to take other gardening questions and help with soil samples.
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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. Location
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History tour first Sat. of month at Camp Helen State Park 10:00 am
History tour first Sat. of month at Camp Helen State Park
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Come learn the history of this beautiful park. Guided tours begin at the Visitor’s Center on the first Saturday of each month. The tour starts at 10 a.m. is free with $4 per car entrance fee into the park. For information call 850 233-5059. 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:: Park Fees There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website.
History tour of Camp Helen State Park 10:00 am
History tour of Camp Helen State Park
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Enjoy a history tour of Camp Helen State Park from 10 – 11 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Park guests will have the opportunity to learn about how recreation has been a part of the park’s heritage for nearly 100 years. From the first hotel built along the bluffs overlooking Lake Powell in the 1920’s, to Camp Helen’s hey-day between 1945 and 1987 as a recreation camp for employees of Avondale Textile Mills, our park has been a source of ocean-front fun for decades! Plan to meet inside the Visitor Center prior to the tour and expect the tour to last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The tour is free and open to the public, but visitors are expected to pay the park entrance fee upon entry to the park. For further questions, feel free to contact the office at Camp Helen at (850) 233-5059. 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:: Park Fees There is an honor entrance station. The fee is[...]
Washington County Rodeo in Chipley 5:00 pm
Washington County Rodeo in Chipley
Sep 7 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is holding its first PCA sanctioned rodeo at the Washington County Equestrian Center. This is an 8 event rodeo including vendors, concessions, clown act, kids events with mutton busting and steer dressing by WCSO Deputies. Come for a family-friendly, fun-filled evening. All proceeds from the rodeo will be to assist the Sheriff’s Office in funding its community projects including the annual Christmas toy drive (Deputy Jingles Patrol), the upcoming Movie Night Under the Stars and the ever growing Summer Camp. $10 entry, kids 5 and under free. The gates will open at 5 p.m. – Kids event at 6 p.m. – Rodeo at 7:30 p.m. Washington County Equestrian Center, 2574 Daniels Lake Road – Chipley, FL Click here to learn more.
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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. Location
: Seaside
Holmes County Outdoor Expo in Bonifay 9:00 am
Holmes County Outdoor Expo in Bonifay
Sep 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Holmes County Outdoor Expo will be held on Sat. Sept. 14, 2019 at 1169 E. Hwy. 90, Bonifay, FL. The event will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and admission is free. The event will have hunting, fishing, recreation, resource management exhibits along with live animal displays. Florida State championship turkey calling contest, scavenger hunt, and silent auctions will be held as well.
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Guided plant walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 9:00 am
Guided plant walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on the third Monday of each month 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. This program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP: Park Fees Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) – Scenic Hwy. 30A just north of U.S. Hwy. 98 Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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2:00 pm
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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, beginning at 3 p.m. followed by a meal and program at 4:30 p.m. at the Paxton Ag Center, 22036 Hwy 331 North in Paxton. Topics covered will include: • Alternative markets for your cattle • Advantages of a branded beef program • How to read market reports • Management strategies that pay at market time Come enjoy a great Akaushi steak and all the fixings and fellowship with local cattle producers and members of the Panhandle Cattlemen’s Association. There will be a $10 fee to attend, which includes a raffle ticket for a new Stihl chainsaw; dinner is included. For more information or to register, please contact the Walton County Extension Office at (850) 892-8172 or haneyc@ufl.edu. Seating is limited so register now.  
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Learn about invaders of the Gulf at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 10:00 am
Learn about invaders of the Gulf at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Sep 20 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Dr. Laura Tiu, a Florida Sea Grant Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Okaloosa/Walton Counties on September 20, 2019 from 10:00  – 11:00 a.m. Come learn about lion fish, microplastics, nutria and other non-native species in the Florida Panhandle and the Gulf of Mexico. This program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP: Park Fees Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) – Scenic Hwy. 30A just north of U.S. Hwy. 98 Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Sep 21 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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. Location
: Seaside
International Coastal Cleanup Day across South Walton area beaches 8:00 am
International Coastal Cleanup Day across South Walton area beaches
Sep 21 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
International Coastal Cleanup is a world-wide event sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.  They engage countries across the globe to organize citizens in large cities to small villages in the cleanup of their ocean, gulf, lake and river beaches. Interested in making a difference? Here are locations where you can participate on Sat., Sept. 31 Camp Helen State Park – Lake Powell 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join Camp Helen State Park as they participate in the International Coastal Cleanup. This event is sponsored in coordination with the Lake Powell Community Alliance, who are dedicated to protecting this precious resource, Lake Powell. This is the seventh year of participation in the event and to date, over 20,000 pounds of trash have been removed from Lake Powell and its watershed. Sign-in will begin at approximately 8 am, with the cleanup lasting until noon. What to bring: closed-toe shoes, hat, sunscreen, grabber, work gloves, water or refillable bottle. Please consider bringing you own boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join the armada of cleanup crews! If you do bring your watercraft, please bring required life jackets, whistle, safety equipment. We will provide: vinyl gloves, garbage bags, data cards, coffee, donuts and water. Driving Directions[...]
Chipley’s Scarecrow Express Celebrates Fall Sept. 21 10:00 am
Chipley’s Scarecrow Express Celebrates Fall Sept. 21
Sep 21 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Chipley Garden Club and Washington County Historical Society are proud to announce the Chipley Scarecrow Express: 8th Annual Scarecrow Building Contest & History Festival will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The festival will be held on the lawn at the Washington County Historical Society in Downtown Chipley from 10-5pm. Beginning in August, the Garden Club’s collection of scarecrows will begin appearing around town and by September 22nd the stage will be set for the annual family-friendly festival. The festival’s main event is the scarecrow building contest showcasing life-size scarecrows constructed by locals. This year even more categories have been added to the line-up with winners receiving cash prizes and/or ribbons or certificates. In addition to the scarecrow contest, Washington County Historical Society’s History Museum, which houses a wonderful collection of historical items and the AmTrak Train Museum which houses train memorabilia as well as a Creek Indian display will be open all day. The Washington County Market, featuring local crafters and vendors offering a variety of items will be a hit again this year. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, photo ops, and free crafts for the kids. The Farmer’s Market will also be open during[...]
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Bike ride in South Walton 5:00 pm
Bike ride in South Walton
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Join in on bike riding fun with the folks from Big Daddy’s Bike shop. Explore the trails in South Walton including the Point Washington State Forest. Every Wed. Call to confirm 850-622-1165 Meet at Big Daddy’s 2217 W, County Hwy. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach 32459
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Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park 10:00 am
Guided hike at Camp Helen State Park
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Join the park ranger on the last Thursday of the month for a Ranger-led trail hike from 10 – 11 a.m. Camp Helen is home to over 3 1/2 miles of trails that meander through nine different distinct natural communities. A park ranger will lead the group on different sections of the trail for approximately 45 minutes, sharing about the natural and cultural history of Camp Helen State Park. All ages and fitness levels are welcome! Plan to meet in the Visitor Center prior to this hike and be sure to bring water and proper sun/insect protection. Park entry fees are required, but there is no charge for this guided hike. Meet at the visitor center just prior to hike time. 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:: Park Fees There is an honor entrance station. The fee is $4.00 per vehicle and $1.00 per bicyclist or pedestrian. Click here for park website. Camp Helen State Park 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway Panama City Beach, Florida 32413[...]
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Washington County Heritage Festival at Falling Waters State Park 9:00 am
Washington County Heritage Festival at Falling Waters State Park
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – Sep 28 @ 4:00 pm
Florida Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Insurance is proud to present the 5th Annual Washington County Heritage Festival. This year’s event will be held on Friday, September 27, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Come out and experience how life used to be lived by visiting with our demonstrators that will include anything from a blacksmith to a flint knapper to a full agricultural display complete with 4-H show animals, antique tractors and farm implements. We will also have plenty of local arts & crafts vendors selling their homemade wares. North Florida Artillery will have their Civil War reenactors camp set-up with two cannons that will be firing every 45 minutes during the festival. A Kid Zone will be available for the little ones with a bounce house, inflatable slide and pony rides. Live entertainment will take the stage on Saturday. Great food and the backdrop of one of the most beautiful state parks in Florida will round out this event. Cost for entry is $5 per vehicle and free offsite parking will be available at RiverTown Community Church on State Park Rd. Shuttle service will be available to bring guests to the festival[...]
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Seaside Farmers Market 9:00 am
Seaside Farmers Market
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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. Location
: Seaside
Peddler’s Alley open air market in DeFuniak Spings 8:00 am
Peddler’s Alley open air market in DeFuniak Spings
Sep 28 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
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.
Cache in trash out adventure at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 9:00 am
Cache in trash out adventure at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park on National Public Lands Day for a “Cache In, Trash Out” Adventure on September 28, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  September 28 is also Bike Your Park Day.  Participants will be exploring the park by foot or by bike while looking for thirteen geocache locations.  At each location visited, event participants will learn more about the area of the park they are in and help maintain it by picking up trash as they go. To start, participants check in at the Ranger Station between 9am – 12pm.  When finished they check back in at the Ranger Station for their prize.  Participants will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS, water, weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. Event is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP: Park Fees Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) – Scenic Hwy. 30A just north of U.S. Hwy. 98 Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit –
Fallapalooza at Biophilia Center 9:00 am
Fallapalooza at Biophilia Center
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
The E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center invites you and your family to Fallapalooza on September 28 from 9 am – 2 pm. This event will include bounce houses, concessions, fall games, animal encounters, and more. Admission is free for Biophilia members. For nonmembers, admission is $5 per child and $8 per adult. Membership information can be found at eowilsoncenter.org/bio-memberships. The Biophilia Center is located at 4956 State Hwy. 20, Freeport, FL. For more information call 850-835-1824. About the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center: The E. O. Wilson Biophilia Center, located in Freeport, Florida, provides free environmental education to Walton, Okaloosa, Bay, Holmes, and Washington County students with a concentration in STEM subjects.  The surrounding five local school districts consider the Biophilia Center to be an extension of their classroom, as we are their science education project-based learning facility – the place where schooling becomes applicable. Each year, the Biophilia Center educates over 6,000 students in a five-county area and averages more than 100 students every school day. Students who visit the Biophilia Center learn about the natural environment through interpretive exhibits as well as an extensive trail system through our 55,000 acre nature preserve, Nokuse Plantation. The Biophilia Center’s curriculum coincides with[...]
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Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park 2:00 pm
Kids Club at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Children can join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for the return of the ever-popular Kids Club on September 29, 2019 from 2 – 4 p.m.  Kids Club is a fun time for children, with their parents, filled with nature crafts and activities. Bring a snack and stay afterwards for more fun. Program is free with regular park admission. Driving Directions Located in Santa Rosa Beach, the park is located 1/4 south of U.S. Hwy 98 on western end of Scenic Hwy. 30A.  ::MAP: Park Fees Admission Fees –  $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people) – Scenic Hwy. 30A just north of U.S. Hwy. 98 Pedestrians, Bicyclists, Passengers in vehicles with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Permit – Admission Fee $2.00
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