Spring is in the air at the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, with the 42nd Saturday in the Park Festival and Heritage 5K set for Saturday, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This FREE community event serves to showcase Northwest Florida heritage with complimentary museum admission, historic reenactments and traditional craft demonstrations. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a Kid Zone, a flower show, and a car show and shine.
The day’s festivities kicks off at 8 a.m. with the start of the Heritage 5K Run-Walk and Kids One-Mile Fun Run, following a traditional opening ceremony.
Take a free self-guided tour of the museum and view historic exhibits about early industries such as fishing, turpentine and transportation. The kids will love the Discovery Room with hands-on exhibits, while the adults will delight in “Paradise Gardens," an outdoor exhibit created and managed by the Valparaiso Garden Club. Be sure to check-out the Garden Club’s “Sounds of Music in the Garden” Flower Show at Trinity Presbyterian Church hall near Perrine Park.
Enjoy a variety of entertainment, including choirs and bands, as well as traditional craft demonstrations including blacksmithing, spinners, bobbin’ lace, tatting, basket and loom weaving, chair caning, and more. Plus, guests can view the Mustang & Antique Car Show & Shine all day.
The Kid Zone includes old-fashioned games and toys, SpaceWalk slide, arts and crafts, face painting and more. Signup for contests begins at noon - watermelon eating, bubble gum blowing and a sack race. The contests begin at 1:45 p.m.
Make history and join the fun this Saturday. There will be plenty of handicap parking and a golf cart shuttle from Lincoln Park and surrounding streets. Vendor spaces are still available for arts and crafts, nonprofits, and government agencies/clubs. Call 850-678-2615, visit www.heritage-museum.org, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7 a.m. 5K registration and packet pickup.
7:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony with Deacon Lou Marini from the Holy Name Church and the National Anthem performed by Beach Brass.
8 a.m. 5K (Walton Guard shotgun start).
8 a.m. Beach Brass.
8:30 a.m. Antique car parade.
9 a.m. Plew Chorus.
9 a.m. Kids' Fun Run.
9 a.m. Emerald Coast Pipes & Drums.
9:30 a.m. Mustang car parade.
10 a.m. 5K race awards.
11 a.m. Fort Walton Beach Community Choir.
11:30 a.m. Redstone (rock-pop-blues).
12:30 p.m. Lewis Middle School Jazz Band.
1:15 p.m. Pelican Pickers.
1:45 p.m. Rosie the Riveter Rose Garden ribbon cutting.
1:45 p.m. Old-fashioned contests.
2:30 p.m. Emerald Coast Chorus.
3 p.m. Sugar Beach Chorus.
3:30 p.m. Pyramid Choir.
Preserving the Past for the Future... The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to historic preservation and education.
This event is made possible with generous contributions from community sponsors: Eglin Federal Credit Union, TSC Productions, Tech Management Enterprises, Tempacure Heating & Cooling, Walmart-Niceville, Okaloosa Gas District, Walker’s Ace Hardware, Newstalk 1260 WFTW, and Ruckel Properties.