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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Explore with a ranger at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Sunday

Starting on September 9, 2018, join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park every Sunday in September, October, November and December at 9:00 a.m. for a Sunday Funday weekly Ranger program.  While the day of the week has changed for these programs, the fun you will have learning new things about the park plants, animals and cultural history has not.  The topic each week will vary depending on the Ranger leading the program.   Wear comfortable clothing and bring water bottle, sunscreen and hat as most programs will have you exploring the park and occur rain or shine.

This program is free with regular park admission.

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330

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October brings Fall Film Series at Eden Gardens State Park Oct. 11, 18, 25

Please join the Friends of Eden for their 5th Annual Fall Film Series under the oaks of Eden Gardens State Park. Films are free with paid park admission ($4.00 per vehicle). Movies start at 6:30. Chairs, blankets & coolers are welcome. Some concessions will be available for donation.

Thursday October 11th -The Princess Bride
Thursday October 18th – Frogs (filmed at Eden Gardens)
Thursday October 25th – Goonies

Directions
Eden Gardens State Park is located in Point Washington, off U.S. 98 on C.R. 395.
For more information, call (850) 267-8320.
181 Eden Garden Road, Point Washington, Fl. 32459 ::MAP::

Park Fees
$4.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.
$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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Haunted house in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27

Buzzing madness and malevolence, special effects and potent dramatic content, are part of the scary fun at the fourth annual Haunted House in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27. Sponsored by the Art Co-Op the event moves to the The Fairgrounds of DeFuniak Springs, bringing patrons even more surreal scenes of terror. The horrors, psychological mind games and legendary stories of Stephen King are reenacted in 13 rooms with the final one being optional for those who just can’t stomach Pennywise and the clowns from “It.” Without giving too much away, favorite scenes such as “Here’s Johnny” from The Shining and “He Who Walks Behind the Rows,” from Children of the Corn are just a few of the hauntingly familiar characters appearing with a well seasoned cast returning this year for more nights of fright. In all, nine movies such as Misery, the Green Mile, Pet Semetary, Salem’s Lot, and Mist are among the disturbingly intense scenes shocking viewers.

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 in this year’s new location, the Fairgrounds at 790 N. 9th Street in DeFuniak Springs. “Your Worst Nightmare” productions take place from 7 p.m. to midnight the following weekends: Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 20, and again Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27. Due to both the content and nature of the Haunted House, attendees must be at least 12 years of age to enter without an adult or accompanied by a parent if underage.

Check the Haunted House website at www.DFSHauntedHouse.com or call the Art Co-Op at 850-419-3007.

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Learn about our coastal dune lakes at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 19

Morris Lake outfall to the Gulf of Mexico. Lori Ceier/Walton Outdoors

CANCELLED Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance on October 19, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. to learn about the rare Coastal Dune Lakes in Walton County, Florida.

Topsail Talks is a monthly educational discovery series with presentations from organizations and government agencies from outside the park on the third Friday of the month at 10am in the clubhouse.

This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Flutterby Arts Festival at Watersound Origins Oct. 20, 21

CANCELLED

The Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County is calling all kids to flitter to Watersound Origins to celebrate 26 years of the Flutterby Arts Festival. This year’s event takes place Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, daily, on the green located directly behind Watersound Origins Café.

Produced by the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County, The Flutterby Festival is a two-day event filled with arts, nature, science and fun in celebration of the migration of the Monarch butterfly through South Walton.

The festival will feature live entertainment for the entire family, including music, theatre, and dance. Art activities like the butterfly wing creation station, craft-making, plein-air painting, and face-painting will be available all weekend. Kids can also enjoy the “Clay” butterfly learning center, carnival games, bounce houses, and hula hoop contests while adults can take a stroll through the Artist Market and pop-up Foster Gallery. New this year, join us for family yoga on the green on Saturday at 1PM with Otium Studios. All ages and levels of learners are welcome to participate.

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Chautauqua Winery Harvest Festival in DeFuniak Springs Oct. 20

Chautauqua Winery 2018 Harvest Festival is a celebration of their annual harvest from their vineyards. This festival is held outdoors at Chautauqua Winery, 364 Hugh Adams Road Defuniak Springs, FL 32435 on Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free wine tasting, non-alcoholic muscadine juices are available for all ages to enjoy. Art and craft vendors along with food vendors and live entertainment will be on hand.

You can purchase their wine by the case, bottle, or glass. Bring a lawn chair for your or spread out on your favorite blanket.

For more information, go to: chautauquawinery.com/events/

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Casper’s campfire stories at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Oct. 20

CANCELLED Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park for good ol’ family friendly stories around the campfire on October 20, 2018 from 6 – 7 p.m. Be sure to arrive before the gate closes at sunset. Event is free with regular park admission.

This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Moonlight paddle at Camp Helen State Park Oct. 20

Come and join the Rangers at Camp Helen State Park on Sat. Oct. 20 for a moonlight paddle on Lake Powell, Florida’s largest coastal dune lake. The experience will be a mostly quiet excursion led by Rangers and will give visitors a unique opportunity to view one of the rarest lakes in the world, while under a nearly full moon. The trip is approximately 2 hours and will begin at 7 p.m. with a brief safety review and interpretation on Lake Powell and why coastal dune lakes are such a rare natural phenomenon. Participants must be ex-perienced paddlers and 12 years of age or older.

Program is $35 per person, cash only. Fee includes watercraft rental, life jacket, pad-dle, glow sticks, park admission fee, and a donation to the Friends of Camp Helen State Park. Watercraft and gear from outside the park are not permitted.

Space is limited. Advanced reservations are required to participate and can be done by calling Camp Helen State Park at (850) 233-5059.

Camp Helen State Park is located at 23937 Panama City Beach Parkway, just west of the Lake Powell bridge.

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Freeport Bayfest Oct. 27

Come celebrate the joy of the Bay at Bayfest in Freeport at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex, Hammock Bay, Freeport, FL. on Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 7 pm.

Promising to be a fun day for the entire family, Bayfest will start with a 5K race starting at 8 am, a “A Taste of the Bay” cook-off (winner will enjoy a week-end stay at a beach condo courtesy of Ocean Reef Realty) Fishing Tournament, Disc Golf Tournament, numerous Vendors and Food Vendors, a Kid’s Zone with bouncy houses, slide and an obstacle course.  Once again – everyone’s favorite “Giggles”, the clown, will be available for face painting and balloon twisting to entertain the children.

Entertainment will start at 1pm with the “Beach Family”, and then on the hour, Amy Blizzard (Variety), Dan McNeil (Variety), No Surrender (Country) and closing the evening Forrest Williams Band.

Bayfest wishes to thank their many sponsors for their ongoing support.

For more information, go to: www.freeportbayfest.com

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Baytowne On Ice Oct. 27 – Feb. 2

Dust off those skates and get in the winter spirit at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Baytowne on Ice. For those visitors who miss the cold and ice, Baytowne’s seasonal ice rink is the perfect opportunity to share some of your favorite holiday traditions.

The ice rink is open October 27 – February 2. The first hour of each day is reserved for “kids skate” for youths 12 and under. Hours vary daily.

For more information, call 850-714-7614 or click here for schedule and waiver form.

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Witches of South Walton ride again Oct. 31

The Witches of South Walton, an organization dedicated to supporting the Children’s Volunteer Health Network (CVHN), with their mission, is hosting the 15th Annual Witch Ride on Wednesday, October 31st at 6:30am. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 the morning of the ride, which includes a charity bike ride from Gulf Place to Stinky’s Fish Camp and ending with a Gathering Brunch at La Playa in Gulf Place.

For more information and to register, go to: http://www.witchesofsouthwalton.com/

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Monday, October 29 – WITCHES BREW | La Playa at Gulf Place

Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration will be held at La Playa in Gulf Place from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be drink specials for all ladies and Forrest Williams Band will be taking the stage. Special raffle tickets will be sold only at the Witches Brew to win a custom designed Witch Hat. Winner must be present to win at the drawing at 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30 – PREFLIGHT WITCH NIGHT | The Perfect Pig at Gulf Place
Pre-registered packet pickup and in-person registration at The Perfect Pig in Gulf Place will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There will be food and drink specials along with the selling of raffle tickets to win a custom designed Witch Hat. Winner must be present to win at the drawing at 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31 – WAKE UP WITCHES | The Green at Gulf Place
Arrive early and meet the other witches. Sunrise Coffee will be providing coffee at the stage for all attendees.

WITCH RIDE | The Green at Gulf Place

A portion of Laura Hamilton Blvd. will be reserved to park your bike.

Information and final announcements will be given at 6:45 a.m., then witches can make their way to their bikes and prepare to ride. The charity bike ride starts at 7:00 a.m. sharp as all Witches promptly leave Gulf Place as a group.

RESTING STOP | Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack
The Witches ride to Stinky’s Fish Camp and Bait Shack to line up on 30A and greet spectators.

GATHERING BRUNCH | Shunk Gulley Oyster Bar

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Community clean up day in Freeport Nov. 3

Walton County is hosting a community clean up day on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will be held at Choctaw Beach Park, SR20, Freeport.

Dumpsters provided for Walton County residents to dump trash, yard debris, tires, appliances, and other miscellaneous items. A crew and equipment to off-load heavy items will be available. Recycling trailers will also be available for newsprint, cardboard, and aluminum. Limit of (4) tires per household.

DO NOT BRING: POISONS, PESTICIDES, PAINTS, THINNERS, GASOLINE, AND OTHER FLAMMABLES. For more information, you may contact the Walton County Landfill at 850-892-8180.

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Public hearing to adopt a formal notice of intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on private property Nov. 3

The Walton County Board of County Commissioners proposes to adopt a formal Notice of Intent to affirm the existence of recreational customary uses on beachfront property in Walton County, Florida.

You are hereby notified that a Public Hearing on the Notice of Intent will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018, beginning at 9:00 a.m., or as soon as possible to that time, at the South Walton High School located at 645 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Please be governed accordingly.

Walton County adheres to the American with Disabilities Act and will make reasonable modifications for access to the meetings upon request. Please call (850) 892-8110 to make a request. For hearing impaired, please call 1-800-955-8771 (TDD), 1-800-955-8770 (VOICE). Requests must be received at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting to allow time to provide the requested services.

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Touch-A-Truck at Destin Commons Nov. 10

Touch-A-Truck allows children and their parents an opportunity to see, touch and learn about a wide variety of vehicles and how they service our community. The event will take place at Destin Commons in the parking lot on the west side of Bass Pro Shop.

There will be a horn free hour from 10-11am for children with special needs or sensitive hearing.

Entry for the event is $2/person or $5/family at the gate. All proceeds go towards The Junior League of the Emerald Coast to help support various projects such as Child Clothing Project.

This year a limited number of birthday parties including food, decorations and a VIP experience with the trucks can be ordered for up to 10 children for $200. Additional children may be added to the party for a fee. Email funds.development@jlec.org to register a birthday party and receive additional information.

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South Walton Fire District Veteran’s Day 5K Nov. 11

The South Walton Fire District proudly presents their inaugural South Walton Fire District Veterans Day 5K on Nov. 11, 2018 at 9 a.m.The race cost: $25 entry fee.This 5K will begin and end at the South Walton Courthouse Annex near the Purple Heart Monument traveling through the NW Florida State College Campus, JD Miller Road and South Walton High School.
Trophies awarded to the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place Overall (non-gender). Medals awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age division

Packet pick-ups will be at the following locations/dates:
*2109 S. County Highway 395 SWFD Station 2 on Thursday Nov. 8, 2018 from 5pm-7pm
*485 Mack Bayou SWFD Station 4 on Friday Nov. 9, 2018 from 5pm -7pm.

Subway sandwiches will be provided courtesy of former Army Ranger and local Subway owner, Josh Gregory after the race. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to educate the children of our fallen special operations heroes.

To register, go here: http://SWFD.itsyourrace.com

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Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Nov. 14

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Oct. 10, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk.  Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. Due to the popularity of the summer bird walks, they are continuing in the second Wednesday of the month through December.

This program is free with regular park admission. For more information contact Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Nov. 19, 2018 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. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month.

This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Guided bird walk at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 12

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and the Choctawhatchee Audubon Society on Dec. 12, 2018 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. for a guided bird walk.  Learn about the birds you are seeing in the park along the trails. There are a limited number of binoculars available at the park store that can be borrowed for the program. Due to the popularity of the summer bird walks, they are continuing in the second Wednesday of the month through December.

This program is free with regular park admission. For more information contact Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.

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Guided plant stroll at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park Dec. 17

Join Topsail Hill Preserve State Park and Master Gardener Bill Kuenstler on Dec. 17, 2018 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. Due to the popularity of this program during the summer, it will continue this fall on the third Monday of the month.

This program is free with regular park admission.  CONTACT: Hallie Oalde  hallie.oalde@dep.state.fl.us

A $6.00 entry admission per vehicle into the park. 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::

To learn more about the park, please call the Ranger Station at (850) 267-8330.