Busy calendar



One of the longest, if not longest, continuing event in Gulf County arrives Saturday at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka.

The annual Tupelo Festival, established in 1941, is the celebration of all things Tupelo, the tree, the blossom and the delicious honey that the bees manufacture during a roughly four-week period spanning April and May.

Beekeepers will have their booths and honey out and for sale and there will be a variety of Tupelo-themed edibles.

Speaking of edibles, the Tupelo Festival annually lures a wide range of food vendors, from the staples like funnel cakes, corn dogs and hamburgers to the more exotic such egg rolls, gyros, shrimp, and beignets.

In addition, there are always a host of arts-and-crafts vendors.

Dicky Merritt and the Original Bama Jam will provide the live music under the oaks of Lake Alice, the perfect backdrop for the festival.

A child’s area will offer a host of games and activities.

There will also be a blood drive taking place simultaneously.

Entry to the festival is free.

All proceeds help fund college scholarships for high school seniors in the community.


“Oldies but Goodies” for a worthy cause. The Gulf County and Mexico Beach Domestic Violence Task Force holds it major fundraiser of the year Friday at El Governor Motel. The fun will go from 5-9 p.m. CT and cost of entry is $10.

The event is a family-friendly affair with plenty of food, music from “Rockin’ Randall” and Jerry Arhelger, raffles and a silent auction. Neysa Wilkins from Channel 7 in Panama City will emcees a “thrift store fashion show” and will also be singing. The annual event is aimed at raising proceeds to fund education and victim services provided by the task force. Donations of both money and items for the silent auction during the event are still being sought. There are also sponsorship opportunities for a portion of the event or food. To donate or for more information contact Martin at 229-2901.




Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market has kicked off its 11th year and the market is back Saturday at City Commons adjacent to Port St. Joe City Hall, at the intersection of Reid Ave. and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.. The market is held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET the first and third Saturdays of every month in the park. At the market you may find fresh seasonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more.



Help break a world record. Barefoot Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals in Mexico Beach will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for most surfboars/paddle boards lined up on the beach at 11 a.m. CT Saturday. The record attempt is all onshore and there will be extra boards for those without. Participants are asked to register on at the company’s website for a $5 donation in order to have a formal count for the record. All donations for the attempt will go to the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Gainesville. Registration also includes a t-shirt.

For questions contact Kelly Simpson at 850-541-8161. Barefoot Kayak & Paddle Board will also host a paddle board race that morning prior to the attempt to break the world record.



Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops – climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.