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Westonwood Ranch announces the Second Annual Westwood Ranch- March 22nd-23rd

The Second Annual “Westonwood Ranch Charity Rodeo” will be held, March 22-23,
at the Freeport Regional Sports Complex

The professionally sanctioned rodeo will benefit the Westonwood Ranch, a new learning program for
individuals with Autism and developmental disorders

Charity Rodeo will be held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Freeport Regional Sports
Complex. Presented by Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the professionally sanctioned rodeo will feature the
Professional Cowboy Association’s biggest superstars competing in a variety of events.

Participants will be coming from around the country to compete in events including Bareback Bronc Riding,
Calf Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling, Break-A-Way Roping, Ladies Barrel Racing, Team Roping,
and Bull Riding. Families are invited to come early to see the animals and enjoy the children’s bounce house
and play area presented by St. Joe Clubs and Resorts as well other activities. In addition, local food vendors
will be on-site, including Giuseppe’s Italian Cuisine and gumbo by Old Florida Fish House, among others. The
2018 Westonwood Ranch Charity Rodeo was awarded the “Best New Rodeo of the Year” at the Professional
Cowboy Association Finals Rodeo in Biloxi, MS in January, and the 2019 rodeo plans to build upon this success.

“We are excited to partner with the PCA and Walton County Sheriff’s Office again to bring this entertaining
family-friendly event to Walton County,” said Lindy Wood, founder of Westonwood Ranch. “Last year’s event
was fun for the community and great fundraiser for Westonwood Ranch, which is slated to open this spring as
a working ranch with pre-planned learning program for individuals with Autism and other developmental

Inspired by their son Weston who was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of two, Lindy and her husband
founded Westonwood Ranch in 2017 with the goal of helping individuals with Autism and other
developmental disorders bridge the gap from school to independent living.

Westonwood Ranch’s unique curriculum was formed with the ultimate goal of helping adolescents and young
adults gain life skills and achieve independence. The basis of the program revolves around the creation of selfsustaining
small business enterprises. The diverse learning curriculum at Westonwood Ranch will include
aquaponic farming, landscape gardening and maintenance, ranch maintenance, animal husbandry and
culinary skills. A commercial scale aquaponic greenhouse will be among the first enterprises implemented on
the ranch. The enriched extra-curricular activities include equine assisted therapy, art instruction, woodmaking,
creative fitness initiatives and dance classes in the fitness center, and nature hikes.

“We are so appreciative of Walton County Sheriff, Michael Adkinson Jr., and his entire department for all of
their assistance and commitment to our mission,” said Lindy. “We hope to continue to make this program a
true community endeavor.”

Tickets for the Westonwood Ranch Charity Rodeo may be purchased at the gate $10.00 for adults and $5.00
for children. Westonwood Ranch is also seeking additional business sponsorships for this event. For more
information about how to support the rodeo and Westonwood Ranch, email or visit


Triple B Festival- March 23rd

International Festival- March 23

CALL FOR BANDS, SINGERS, FOLKLORIC GROUPS, CLUBS, and ASSOCIATIONS interested in participating at the 2nd Annual INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Fort Walton Beach!

This festival’s purpose is to bring the entire community together in UNITY, regardless of ethnicity, race, or creed, to enjoy a high quality, family-friendly event.

This FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Festival is scheduled for Saturday, March 23, 10am – 9pm, at the beautiful main ballroom of the Emerald Coast Convention Center.  It will include Live/DJ Music, Food, Folklore, and/or Art, from as many nations as possible, plus a fun kid’s zone.

Last year’s event was a huge success and this one will be even bigger and better.  It is organized by Conexión Media Group and co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Business Sponsorships are available and this event will provide you an invaluable opportunity to market to the most varied audience of any community event.

Vendors that sell products, food, arts/crafts and/or want to inform the public about their products or services are welcomed!

Part of the proceeds from INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Fort Walton Beach will benefit Opportunity Place Inc. – a shelter for single women and families who are homeless.

The festival will launch a series of events, led by Conexión Media Group and partners, that will comprise the first ever “Emerald Coast International Week” celebration in our area!

For more information, contact David at 850.368.3505 or via



Vettes at the Village- March 23rd

The Playground Corvette Club (PCC) will host their 15th Annual ‘Vettes at the Village’ car show on March 23, 2019 in the South Walton resort of Baytown Wharf.  In addition, this year we will also be celebrating the clubs 50th Anniversary!  This Corvette club is the oldest corvette club in the local area. Its membership is comprised of Corvette owners from Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa counties. The PCC started out in 1969 as a cruising club with local corvette enthusiasts and here we are still going strong 50 years later! In 2004 we started holding Vettes at the Village at Baytown Wharf as a fund raiser for local charities. Over the years, the clubs main charities have been Fort Walton Developmental Center, Covenant Care, PAWS, SOCKS, Ronald McDonald House and Alaqua Animal Refuge.

The car show starts on Friday night, 22 March, with a ‘Meet and Greet’ at Rum Runners restaurant located in Baytowne Wharf.  Saturday morning, 23 March, registration starts at 8 am at the Events Plaza in the center of Baytowne Wharf. The car show is a judged show with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places given in 13 categories, plus a Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine and a Best of Show. The club with the most participation will also receive a trophy along with the person who traveled the furthest to get to the show. Come help us raise money for our charities while enjoying the sun and fun at the beaches of South Walton!!

For registration information and reduced rooms please see our webpage at:

Registration Form with rates and

Destin Pooch Palooza- March 23rd


Mamma Mia! Stage Crafters- March 22nd-24th

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. The show has a large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Show Times and Ticket Details


Taste & Business Showcase- March 28th

Sponsorships and Vendor Booths Available for this popular event!

For Vendor Application, Click Here. 


Purses with a Purpose- March 28th

Shelter House calls for donations of new and gently used handbags

The 9th Annual Purses with a Purpose planned for March 28th at Grand Boulevard

WHO: Shelter House

WHAT: Handbag Donations for Purses with a Purpose event


Now through March 14, 2019


Various Businesses through Okaloosa and Walton County (addresses below)


Shelter House Office:

16 Ferry Road SE

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32578



Foundations Medical Center (in front of Marshall’s & Home Goods)

4467 Commons Drive W

Destin, FL 32541



Escapology (at The Market Shops at Sandestin)

9375 US Highway 98 W

Miramar Beach, FL 32550



Cook Family Dentistry

2441 US-98 #107

Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459



Waterstone Mortgage Corporation

1845 John Sims Pkwy. E

Niceville, FL 32578



Shelter House Office:

3590 US Highway 331 S, Ste 102

DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435



Shelter House Office:

120 W Woodruff Ave

Crestview, FL 32536


DESCRIPTION:  Shelter House is seeking donations from the local community for new and gently used handbags to be auctioned at the 9th Annual Purses with a Purpose event at Grand Boulevard on March 28, 2019. In previous years, the event has featured hundreds of handbags and accessories from major designers including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Michael Kors and more. The event has raised a total of over $100,000 throughout the years, with funds going directly to programs, counseling and support of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Donations may be dropped off at Shelter House’s offices in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview and DeFuniak Springs anytime Monday-Friday during regular business hours. (8:00 am-5:00 pm) Members of the community may also drop off handbags at local businesses throughout Okaloosa and Walton counties including Cook Family Dentistry in Santa Rosa Beach, Escapology at The Market Shops Sandestin and Foundations Medical Center in Destin.


Whitney Lee




SAVE THE DATE-Outdoor and Adventure Expo- April 6th & 7th

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2019 Northwest Florida Kidney Walk- April 6th

Chronic kidney disease is a fast growing health problem in America. 365,000 depend on dialysis to stay alive and more than 85,000 are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Early detection screenings for at risk people can help turn the tide. And your participation in the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk on April 6th at Navarre Beach, FL can raise vital funds for local screenings. Register at 800-927-9659 or That’s Love Your Kidneys.

08:00 am for Registration 09:00 am Start Time


Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 203 6th Annual PTSD Awareness Run- April 6th


Military Family Appreciation Day-FWB Chamber- April 13th

Date: April 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM6:00 PM CDT
Event Description:

More details to come.

Eglin Federal Credit Union will sponsor the Kids Playground.


Relay for Life Events- April 26th

Fort Walton Beach Relay for Life

Choctaw High School

April 26th from 6 pm to 2 am


Crestview Relay For Life

Crestview High School

April 26th from 6 pm to midnight


21st Annual Fort Walton Beach Lions Club Golf Tournament- April 27th

The FWB Lion’s Club 21st Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the FWB Municipal Pines Golf Course. Registration starts at 7am. Play begins at 8am. Format is a Florida Scramble. Lunch will be provided as well as drinks on the course. The cost is $70/person or $260/foursome. Gold sponsorships are available for $300 (Foursome and Tee Sign Sponsor) or Silver sponsorship for $100 (Tee Sign). Prizes will be presented for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place teams in each flight. There will be a Ladies Flight. There will be door prizes, a silent auction, 50/50 as well as prizes for closest-to the pin and long drive. All proceeds from this tournament will be used to support Lion’s sight related charities such as eye exams, glasses and diabetes screening for those in need in our local community. All players registered by April 23 are guaranteed door prizes. For more information contact Mark Andrews at or call 850-864-5571

More Information

Relay for Life- May 4th

Walton County Relay For Life

Freeport Middle School

May 4th from 3 pm to midnight


Relay for Life- May 10th

Niceville-Valparaiso Relay For Life

Mullet Festival Site

May 10-11th from 6 pm to 6 am


2019 Eglin Air Force Base 34th Annual Memorial Day Gate to Gate Run- May 27th

Monday, 27 May 2019

Must be in place at 6:30 a.m. Race starts at 7:00 a.m



Community Health Fair- June 1st


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