Events this week and throughout the month of October

This weekend is packed with events as the Beaches to Woodlands Tour enters fall in high gear. Here is what’s happening…

Oct. 2-31 Christ United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch

5983 Dogwood Drive, Milton

11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The pumpkins are grown and provided by Native Americans and the sale benefits the Christ United Methodist Church and Jr. Navy  ROTC.

Contact: Judy Knecht, 463-2827; Church 850-623-8820 email:,

Oct. 1-31 Flamingos Flock Milton at Simply Southern Gifts

5165 Canal Street, Milton

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturdays throughout the month.

Flamingos will “flock” to the gardens of the historic house/shop to mark breast cancer month. Individuals can tag a flamingo with a $10 donation.

Contact: Becky Smith 626-8215.

Oct. 2 and 16 Santa RosaCountyMuseum of Local History,

6866 Caroline Street, Milton

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Visitors are  invited to tour the museum and learn about the history, historic buildings and places, and people and events of Santa Rosa County. There are also books on local history are for sale in the museum store.

Contact: VernonCompton 982-4544 or

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Oct. 1-15 and 19-31 Clear Creek Farm Tours,

6065 Clear Creek RoadMilton

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Named Santa RosaCounty’s 2014 “Innovative Farm of the Year,” a variety of workshops will be held at this solar-powered, organic method farm. Small fees are charged.

Contact: Ray Davis 449-1176, email:

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Oct. 2-3 Gulf Breeze Community Expo

Gulf Breeze Community Center, 800 Shoreline Drive, Gulf Breeze


5 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Contact: Kristen Loera 932-7888 or Event website:

Oct. 3 & 10 Bagdad United Methodist Church History Open House,

4540 Forsyth Street, Milton

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Bagdad has a long and storied history, and the Bagdad UMC has been there, in the midst of the town’s story, since 1830, and in its current location since 1885. Learn more about Bagdad at the Bagdad UMC History Open House.

Contact: Jan Davis 712-8034 Email:

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Oct. 3-4 26th Annual Jay Peanut Festival

Gabbert Farm, 3604 Pine Level Church Rd., Jay

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate one of Santa Rosa’s staple crops, the peanut. This popular annual event marks its 26th year and showcases farming life past and present and gives folks a chance to experience country life. The festival features more than 200 vendors from across the southeast plus a 1930s FarmMuseum and 1940s John Deere Dealership. Enjoy the food booths, games and fun. This event was started in honor of Melissa Caroline Gabbert, who died more than 20 years ago from cancer complications.

Contact: Brenda and Gene Gabbert 675-6823.

Oct. 3 BagdadMuseum Lecture Series,

4516 Church St.Bagdad

10 a.m.

Learn about the streets of Bagdad, their origin and history of their namesake.

Contact: Michael Johnson 293-5349 email: Event website:

Oct. 3 City of Milton Riverwalk Run 5K,

5 p.m.

This popular and rare afternoon race starts at the intersection of Berryhill Road and Willing Street and traverses through historic downtown Milton. Registration is only available online at: and will be available on race day between 4 and 4:45 p.m. at the Riverwalk Pavilion. Proceeds benefit youth and senior programs. Volunteers needed.

Contact: 983-5466.

Oct. 3 Pink Pirates Run/Walk 5K Making Breast Cancer Walk the Plank

1453 Navarre Beach Pkwy.

Entry fee: $25.

This 5k is a fundraiser for breast cancer research and mammograms.

Contact: Christin Stephens 582-2504 email: or

Oct. 3 Juana’s 3rd Annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting

1451 NavarreBeach Causeway

Come taste beers from around the world at Juana's Pagodas. activities for children include a marine life exhibits. The event is staffed by and benefits the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station.

Price: $15 to taste, must be 21 or older

Contact: 336-2660

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Oct. 3 Take a Kid Fishing

8579 GulfBlvdNavarreBeach Pier

8 a.m.

This is a free kid’s fishing pole giveaway and clinic. The first 500 children under 12 receive a free fishing pole, t-shirt and hat. Participants are encouraged to pre-register at or if available, the day of event. The event includes free bait and fishing instruction.

Contact: Stephanie Maddox 686-2141 email:

October 3, 10, 17, and 24 Arcadia Mill “Secrets of Santa Rosa Archeology & History in Your Own Backyard”

Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site, 5709 Mill Pond Lane, Milton

October, 11 a.m.

Arcadia Mill is Florida’s largest antebellum industrial complex. Each Saturday in October, this lecture series event is presented by the University of West Florida, the Florida Public Archeology Network, West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., and Arcadia Mill.

Contact: 626-3084

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Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Holley Hill Pottery and Art Studio Kiln Openings,

7505 Buckeye Dr., Navarre

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Open three weekends on the tour, the Gulf Coast Kiln Walk Society has the largest wood fueled anagama kiln and the only reconstructed wood fueled kiln from the 1940s in the state. Holley Hill Pottery has been in business in Santa Rosa County for over 30 years using local clays, capturing the lifestyle, scenery and sea life of the Gulf Coast.

Contact: Brenda or Marty Stokes 939-2744


Oct. 3 Sand Dollar Saturday & Local Marketplace,

1900 Hwy 87, Navarre

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Discover local artists and merchants all in one convenient location.

Contact: Michelle Massey 368-9500

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 Oct. 3-4 Navarre Fishing Rodeo,

1451 Navarre Beach Blvd., Navarre

Midnight Saturday until 4 p.m. Sunday.

Fish from the shore, a boat or kayak, or from the pier, just not from the seafood market. Prizes will be awarded in all divisions. Weigh-in is at Juana’s on Navarre Beach Causeway. Scales close promptly at 4 p.m. on both days. Junior anglers twelve and under can compete in the Junior Division for free. Proceeds from this event benefit the NavarreBeachMarinePark, including the NavarreBeachSeaTurtleConservationCenter, the Navarre Beach Marine Sanctuary and the Marine Science Station. The event will benefit Heroes on the Water and Take a Kid Fishing. Captain’s bags will have goodies.

Contact: Sandi Kemp 939-1900 Email:

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