2019 Florida Big Bend Bay Scallop Harvest Season Announced and Scallopers Are Optimistic!

Florida has one of the few recreational scallop harvests in the US, and it’s all centered around Natural North Florida’s Big Bend.  While the scallop region extends from Gulf County (in the panhandle) to the Anclote Key lighthouse (off Tarpon Springs), the epicenter of the harvest is in Dixie and Taylor counties, west of Gainesville. …

Cedar Key, Workout On Waterfront Run/Paddle, Saturday March 16, 2019

Come visit Cedar Key for the day and participate in the 3rd Annual Workout on Waterfront festivities.  Sponsored by the City of Cedar Key, the event aims to inform visitors about Cedar Key’s goal to become one of the cleanest and most-visitor friendly waterfronts in Florida. Events include the BowWoW run/walk with your leashed pooch, …

Your Florida State Parks Annual Pass–Cheaper Than a Gym Membership!

Florida’s State Parks are some of the best in the country, and our Natural North Florida region boasts some of the finest.  This year, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the State Parks have begun a new initiative “Get Florida Park Fit”.  While there are several ways to take advantage of the Park …

Iron Horse Mud Ranch, 2019 Events Schedule–This Much Fun Should Be Illegal!

Big powerful trucks, big wheels and tires, and lots of slimy mud–Mud boggin’ isn’t for everyone!  But if noisy engines and the chance of getting really dirty doesn’t bother you, a day at a “mud ranch” might be fun! 2019 events at Taylor County’s Iron Horse Mud Ranch begin in March with the IHMR Dysfunctional …

Panacea Oyster Festival Rescheduled for February 9, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I can eat a lot of oysters on a Saturday afternoon, especially if they’re farm raised in the waters of Wakulla County, on Florida’s Big Bend.  Farm raised oysters are special.  They are called “triploid” and they grow faster than wild “diploid” oysters.  With oysters now being farmed at …

Winter Fishing’s Best Bet–Spotted Seatrout on Florida’s Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast

I’m no expert on spotted seatrout biology or mortality, but for some reason the Big Bend saw a decided decline in that fishery this past year. At first, trout were scarce from Tampa Bay to Apalachicola, and then they started to bite. However, anglers catching a hundred a day only caught three or four keepers. …

Mark Your Calendars for the 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off, 4/5-6, in Perry

The 17th Annual Florida State Bluegrass Festival is coming to Perry, in Taylor County, April 4-6, 2019. This is a “don’t miss” event, with three days of professional and amateur music, food, music workshops, arts and crafts–AND a CHILI Cook-Off!   Tickets are available for each day as separate purchases, and there’s a three-day pass, …

Downtown Christmas Open House and Parade–Perry, Florida–December 7, 2018

Leave it up to our friends in Taylor County to come up with a new “twist” on Christmas.  This year, in addition to a “Santa’s Little Helpers” parade, there will be a tribute to “Sheriff Taylor” at the “MayPerry Christmas” festivities.   Perry, the vibrant County Seat of Taylor County, is the perfect place to …

“Light Up Madison”–A Holiday Celebration in Natural North Florida, December 1, 2019

The town of Madison, in Madison County, always goes “all out” for Christmas.  Not only do local businesses dress up their storefronts, but folks from neighboring towns and counties enjoy an afternoon of shopping, dining and watching an elaborate Christmas parade.  The events begin at 4PM and end with the spectacular nighttime parade.   Madison …