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Panhandle Watermelon Festival

Chipley, FL
Panhandle Watermelon Festival has once again lined up a group of performers to ensure this year’s festival will continue to offer thousands a jam packed two day music and family experience like no other locally.

The 59th Panhandle Watermelon Festival proudly welcomes legendary country music acts Mark Wills, Exile and Daryle Singletary to grace the stage for the Friday night concert event.

“Holding to tradition, Panhandle Watermelon Festival consistently spotlights legendary music acts coupled with family oriented activities making this two day festival unlike any other offered in the area,” states Chairman Colby Peel, “Our goal remains to bring the highest quality entertainment to this community while ensuring this event is free to everyone who attends.”

Made possible in large part by presenting sponsors, McDonalds, Community South Credit Union, Tobacco Free Florida, Northwest Florida Community Hospital, GAC Contractors and JRA Architects, Inc., visitors can experience this year’s Friday night music acts while kids participate in one of the many kid centered activities located on the festival grounds including rock wall, race mania interactive rides, bounce house and slide sponsored by longtime supporter, Community South Credit Union and the traditional watermelon contests hosted by our own Northwest Florida Community Hospital all of which will be conveniently located at Pal’s Park.

Come hungry and feast on fare that goes hand in hand with Friday night Watermelon including hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by the Chipley Fire Department.

Saturday’s events commence early with the annual 5,000 meter Hot Trot Run at the Florida Panhandle Technical College. At the same time, spectators can head over to the Shrine Club for the traditional Pancake Breakfast.The family favorite Watermelon Parade is scheduled for 10am. Participants will organize at the Chipley High School Football Stadium and continue east on Hwy 90 through downtown to the delight of hundreds of eager faces.

Festivities will begin immediately following the parade at the Ag Center with gospel group The Thompsons kicking off another talented lineup of musicians. The time-honored introduction of queens and the watermelon contest and auction, hosted by Auctioneer David Corbin, round out the lunchtime activities. The Fine Arts Show, hosted by the Washington County Arts Council will be on display in the east wing of the Ag Center. This show will feature artwork from local artists as well as noted artists from the Northwest Florida region.

Member of the legendary Statler Brothers for 21 years, CMA (Country Music Association) Hall of Fame and GMA (Gospel Music Association) Hall of Fame member, Jimmy Fortune, will cap off Saturday’s musical lineup.

Numerous food and arts and crafts vendors will be scattered throughout the Ag Center grounds and visitors can drop by the Kiwanis table and pick up a complimentary slice of Watermelon (while supplies last).

For more details on the 59th Annual PWF visit our home online at panhandlewatermelon.com


Bulls On The Beach

Okaloosa Island
This Is “No Bull” -­ The Boardwalk On Okaloosa Island Brings Family Friendly ‘Bulls On The Beach’ 3 Day Event To Okaloosa Island.
Live Music, Mechanical Bull Riding & Live Professional Bull Riding April 23-­25, 2015

This fun-­filled, family friendly event and rock n. roll rodeo is coming to THE BEACH! This inaugural event features pro rider, Cody Harris, CMT’s ‘Dukes of Cattle’ and ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ reality TV star, among others in this sanctioned event. Festivities begin, Thursday April 23rd with a sit down dinner with “The Cowboys” at The Crab Trap restaurant at 7pm. A portion of the $100 per plate dinner will be donated to The Emerald Coast Autism Center and Horizons. Tickets are on sale now at www.bullsonthebeachfwb.com

Friday, April 24th features a Mechanical Bull Riding Contest starting at 5pm Admission is free. Waivers required of all participants! Gates will open at 5pm for the bull riding event and pyrotechnic show which starts at 8pm. After the bull riding, ticket holders 18+ get free admission to The Swamp for the after party and live entertainment.

Saturdays festivities begin at 3pm with vendors and a kids fun zone in the parking lot and meet & greet with the cowboys. A bikini bull riding contest starts on the beach at 3pm with over $1000 in cash & prizes.

Admission is free. Grab a bite to eat from one of the 3 great restaurants on the boardwalk and get your seat for the main event! Gates for the rodeo will open at 3pm and show kicks off at 8pm. ½ time show will feature an intense game of ‘Bull Poker’!

Rodeo-­ General Admission Advance Sales-­ $20, children 10 and under are free. On stage VIP seating-­ $75 per person with a complimentary bar during the rodeo and VIP seating at The Swamp after party.

April is Autism Awareness Month! A portion of all ticket sales will be donated to our partners, The Emerald Coast Autism Center and Horizons, The Arc of the Emerald Coast!

General Admission Bundled Tickets for 2 nights -­ $35
VIP Tickets -­ (Friday and Saturday only) $75 for 1 night -­ $140 for both nights
VIP Package -­ 3 day pass-­ Thursday VIP dinner (5 course with wine), VIP seating at both Friday &
Saturday’s show and VIP to both Swamp after parties $200
Tickets available at www.bullsonthebeachfwb.com

For more information or if you would like to be a sponsor, contact Melissa Matern at melissa@saltwaterrestaurants.com or visit us at www.bullsonthebeachfwb or on facebook www.facebook.com/bullsonthebeachfwb


15th Annual Folk Life Day

Panhandle Pioneer Settlement 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Rd. Blountstown, FL 32424
We will have hands on activities: crafts, hayrides, petting zoo, many artisans demonstrating blacksmithing, wood stove cooking, dulicmer playing,, quilting, butter churning, cracklin cooking, musicians and much much more.

Lisa 850-674-2777


Dothan Pitch Hit & Run

Doug Tew Ball Park
Dothan Leisure Services is hosting it's Pitch Hit & Run competition Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at Doug Tew Ball Park.

Registration begins at 5:30pm & there is no cost to participate.

Ages 7-14 (Age control date July 17, 2014). Age groups: 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14.
You must be a Dothan resident to participate and a birth certificate is required.

Pitch Hit & Run provides youngsters across the country the opportunity to participate in the official baseball & softball skills competition.

Winners of each group of the LOCAL competition advance to the SECTIONAL competition.



For more information, contact Eddie Arnold 615-3730 or Dennis Cosby 615-3720.


A Youth Community Explosion Weekend

Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Headland, AL
The churches of the Headland Community empowering the youth in our city by providing activities to celebrate and showcase their God given talents. Activities include Christian bands, choirs, dance teams, speakers from local churches with games and food.

Rev. Marlon Vickers, (334) 796-3629, marlonvickers@yahoo.com


Circle City Dramateers: Theatre Games Class

Where: Patti Rutland Jazz Studios 1077 W. Main Street Dothan, Alabama
What: A Theatre Games Class
Cost: $80 Per Student
How To Register: Call Or Email For A
Registration Form.
Teacher: Sharon Lewis-Saliba

No Experience Necessary. For Ages 6-18.
You Must Register And Pay For Class By April 1, 2015.

Please make checks to Sharon Lewis-Saliba
Mail checks to 300 Virginia Drive Dothan, AL 36301 334-701-5449





Calling All Teens! Creative Writing Workshops with Local Author

Sep 8, 2014 1st Monday of each month at 4:00 p.m- 5:00 pm

Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room 445 North Oates Street, Dothan, AL 36303
Join local author Danielle Wallace at the Dothan-Houston County Library for fun, inspirational creative writing workshops. Teens will be able to express themselves using different genres of writing, ranging from poetry to fiction. These workshops are free, so grab your pen, notepad, and your imagination to make a difference in the world around you. If you know a teen that would love to attend, share this information with them.

Place: Dothan-Houston County Library's Board Room

Date: Every 1st Monday of each month

Time: 4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m

Contact Danielle Wallace at lyrically.spoken.publishing@gmail.com if you have any questions.