Upcoming Events

Take a hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine every Wednesday at St. Andrews State Park

Enjoy a short hike and learn about native plants as food and medicine at St. Andrews State Park every Wednesday from 10 – 11 a.m. The hike is free with park admission. 

Meet at Gator Lake Trail Head for a 1 hour, 0.5 mile hike through the maritime hammock and explore the natural and cultural significance of many native plants.

4607 State Park Lane, Panama City, Florida 32408
(850) 233-5140

Admission Fee:
$8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle

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Moonlight paddle on Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 2 and 3

Enjoy a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell, Florida’s largest coastal dune lake on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 or Saturday, Oct. 3. The mostly quiet excursion from 7 – 9 p.m. will be led by a Park Ranger who will give visitors a unique opportunity to view one of the most ecologically diverse lakes in the world under a nearly full moon. The trip is approximately 2 hours and will begin with a brief safety review and interpretation on why coastal dune lakes are such a rare natural phenomenon. Participants must have previous experience kayaking and be 12 years of age or older. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call Camp Helen State Park at 850-233-5059.

Meet in Visitor Center 10 minutes prior to paddle.

Program is $30 per person, cash only/exact change. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, paddle, glow stick, park admission fee and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Personal watercraft and gear are not permitted.

Description

Enjoy a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell, Florida’s largest coastal dune lake. The mostly quiet excursion led by a Park Ranger will give visitors a unique opportunity to view one of the most ecologically diverse lakes in the world under a nearly full moon. The trip is approximately 2 hours and will begin with a brief safety review and interpretation on why coastal dune lakes are such a rare natural phenomenon. Participants must have previous experience kayaking and be 12 years of age or older. Space is limited; reservations are required. Call Camp Helen State Park at 850-233-5059.

Event Essential Eligibility Criteria

Contact scarlett.a.dunn@FloridaDEP.gov for more information

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City Beach FL 32413

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Camp Helen State Park pumpkin patch opens Oct. 2

The friends of Camp Helen are excited to announce the opening of their pumpkin patch Friday, October 2 at 9 a.m. Pumpkins will be sold 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through October 31 or until sold out.

This year, patch will have social distancing measures in place. Everyone is encouraged to stay 6 feet apart and only handle pumpkins being purchased. Signage will be placed throughout the park with safety guidelines. They will accept all major credit cards and cash, but exact change only.

If you feel ill, please wait and visit us when you are well. Most of all, have fun, take a lot of pictures, and enjoy the park!

More information is available at facebook.com/FriendsOfCampHelenStatePark, by calling (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.

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Pumpkin carving workshop in Panama City Oct. 3

Join the Panama City Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 for a Pumpkin Carving Workshop featuring local sculptor, Chad Gainey. Gainey was a competitor on Food Network’s Halloween Wars. The workshop will be from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The suggested age is 12 and up, and the cost is $40. Sign up by Thursday, October 1.

Register here: https://bayarts.square.site

Chad will be discussing tips and tricks for sculpting, how to properly use different tools, and what to look for when you’re searching for that perfect pumpkin to carve. Each student will receive their own pumpkin, an exacto knife, and three different ribbon tools used for sculpting.

This is a family event, however, we suggest that attendees be 12 years old and up as an Exacto knife will be used, but it’s up to the parent’s discretion. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will be held outside in our parking lot, so please dress accordingly. If it rains, the class will be inside.

You must pay for the class in advance to reserve your spot. You can do so online, in person, or over the phone at 850-640-3670. Let us know if you have any questions!

Panama City Center for the Arts is located at 19 E 4th Street, Panama City, FL 32401. Tel: (850) 640-3670.

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Walton County Fair in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 12 – 17, 2020

The James Gang Amusements from Andalusia, Alabama, will bring their caravan of rides and games to the Walton County Fair once again. The Fair will be held from Monday, Oct. 12 – Saturday, Oct. 17.

This year is going to be different. The Fair is only going to have the outside events. That is limited to the midway and the livestock shows. There will be no entry into the building. As a volunteer organization we do not have the manpower to insure everyone will be following those guidelines such as wearing a mask. If you feel like you are at risk to participate in this years fair as a visitor or if you feel sick or feverish on the day that you would like to come then we ask that you stay home for your own well being and for the others in your community.

The rides will be cleaned between riders, there will be sanitizers stationed throughout the property, and the midway employees have been working throughout the Southeast during the pandemic so they are very careful with their customers. Because of these protocols you may have to anticipate longer than normal wait times.

While all of these protocols are in place from our midway company, the organizers hope that you wear masks for the majority of the time that you are there and keep family groups together and separated from others as much as possible. The only and best way to have a successful and safe Fair is with the help of all of the people of our wonderful community.

General Fair Admission

  • Adults $3.00 (12+)
  • Children 12 & under free
  • Children are only free as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Even free entries must still go through the ticket line to get an entry ticket
  • Unaccompanied children will be denied entry

ARMBANDS -EVERY NIGHT

MONDAY $18.00
TUESDAY $15.00
WEDNESDAY $18.00
THURSDAY $15.00
FRIDAY $18.00
SATURDAY 12-5 p.m. $15.00
SATURDAY 6-10 p.m. $18.00

Saturday, armbands are good from 12 noon until 5 p.m. Then a new one must be purchased for the 6 p.m. until closing time. The rides will be closed from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday for a state required inspection.

Hours of Operation:
Monday: opens 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: opens 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: opens 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: opens 5:00 p.m.
Friday: opens 5:00 PM
Saturday: opens 12:00 noon

Scheduled Events:
Monday, October 12, 2020: Goat Show 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13th, 2020: Hog Show 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020: Poultry and Rabbit Show at 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 15th, 2020: Hog Auction 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 16, 2020: Horse Showmanship 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 17, 2020: Beef Show 1:00 p.m.

Walton County Fairgrounds is located at 790 N 9th St., DeFuniak Springs, FL. Tel: (850) 892-5261. For more information, go to waltoncountyfair.com.

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