“The Granddaddy of All Tournaments”–Optimist Club of Perry Saltwater Fishing Tournament, at Steinhatchee, May 5, 2018

Now in its 27th year, the annual Optimist Club of Perry, FL Saltwater Fishing Tournament has become one of the largest fishing events on Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While Perry is landlocked, it’s the county seat of Taylor County, which has some of the best saltwater angling in the state.  And appropriately, the event …

Florida State Bluegrass Festival, April 5-7, 2018, in Perry, Florida

One of the best events in the Southeast…The Florida State Bluegrass Festival.   Featuring three days of awesome bluegrass music by some of the most renowned artists in the country…a grand Chili Cook-off hosted by the Perry Police Department with all proceeds benefitting Special Olympics and the Shop with a Cop program. There will also …

Don’t Miss the Inaugural (First, Premiere, First Annual!) Big Bend Brewfest in Perry, FL, March 3, 2018

Join us for the Annual Big Bend Brewfest Event at Rosehead Park in Perry Florida. This is an annual fundraising festival, featuring beer, food, and music at Rosehead Park in Perry, FL. This event is held by the Perry Rotary Club, with the proceeds to benefit the Rotary Club and the City of Perry Police …

Perry–Much More Than Florida’s Forest Capital!

There’s something for everyone when you visit Perry, Florida–Florida’s Forest Capital! Yes, Perry’s main industry still revolves around pine trees and the products produced by the wood harvested nearby.  But there’s more to see and experience in Perry, and it’s certainly worth a visit if you’re traveling down US19/98 into our Natural North Florida region. …

Save The Dates: Natural North Florida’s Fall 2017 Music Festivals

As summer winds down in Natural North Florida, residents and visitors alike flock to our famous music and food festivals.   It seems that every year, the number of events increase, as do their quality and breadth.  In 2017, three are of particular note. In Hamilton County, just north of I-10 and east of I-75, the …

It’s Springtime In Natural North Florida–Plan Some Festival Fun!

By the time mid-February rolls around, folks in our Natural North Florida region are really tired of all those “cold” 50-degree nights and 70-degree days.  Yes, we’re spoiled! In February we’ll have a few quick, wet and windy, cold fronts move through the area and we’ll have to bundle up with a sweater and maybe …

Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival, Perry, Fl–December 9 & 10/2016

Don’t miss the festivities at the 2016 Southern Pines Blues & BBQ Festival in Perry, Florida.  The event starts on Friday, December 9 and continues until the BBQ Cook-Off Awards on Saturday night.  In the meantime, while you’re not eating pulled pork or snacking on festival “fare”, you can listen to some great music. Nationally …

It’s Country in the Pines Time! Perry, Florida Music Festival, Sept. 23-24, 2016

  One of the most sought after Country Music events in the Southeast, the Country in the Pines Music Festival is right around the corner this Sept. 25-26 at Forest Capital State Park in Perry, FL. This event promises to bring with it one of the most exciting line-ups of country artists around, the 309C …

Explore Econfina in Taylor County

It’s spelled E-C-O-N-F-I-N-A, but the locals in western Taylor County call this river and State Park on Florida’s Big Bend, “Eco-feeny”.  But despite this confusion caused to visitors, the end of County Road 14 (off US98) offers lots of opportunities for folks wanting to see Florida “as it used to be”. Expect to see all …

Pit Stop: Burger & Fries at Grave’s Drive-In, Perry

In my travels through Taylor County and Perry, I’d often seen roadside benches advertising Grave’s Drive-In, claiming they served the best hamburgers in the area.  But, almost always, as I headed north on Jefferson Street from US27, I was detoured by my craving for Johnson’s Bakery donuts, and then, sated, I’d head either west on …