From: The Wakulla News:
The 15th Annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival – which will take place on the second Saturday in April as always, or April 11th this year, in the lovely downtown streets of historic Sopchoppy – promises to be the best ever. Take a look at the program and you will find lots of games and contests for children and adults plus live music by popular local bands culminating with the Worm Grunters’ Ball in the evening.
The day begins at 7:00 AM with registration for the 5K race (registration form). The race begins at 8:00 AM and we expect even more runners than last year as this race becomes a regular event and has a course through scenic city and country. At 9 A.M. over 90 vendors of arts, crafts, and food will open for business with our first live music performance of the day. Opening ceremonies and race results are presented at 9:30am and at 10:30 AM the colorful worm grunting demonstration by a professional bait harvester, our own Gary Revell, and past festival King. The worms go deep in the ground as the day warms up so if you want to see Gary or have your kids compete in the Worm Grunting contest (cash prizes) which follows the demonstration, you have to be here in the morning. This will also offer you the best choice of sizes and colors of shirts.
The program continues with the crowning of our King and/or Queen, folks singled out because of the respect they have earned in the community. There will be a lot of live music and a number of colourful contests throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The Wakulla County Horseshoe Championship offers a cash prize and there are trophies for the bait casting and always entertaining hula hoop contests. You will be amazed at how much fun it is to watch children and adults competing with great concentration and determination to keep those hoops going around and around.
The Worm Grunters’ Ball is the culmination of a wonderful day. This year will include over 15 musicians. It attracts families with lots of children and a few pets. We will provide some chairs, but if you’ve got a favourite bring it or your favorite blanket along. The dancing and music continue until 10 P.M.