Plan Ahead For 2018–FWC discusses regional bay scallop seasons on Big Bend

This information may not be “official”, but our guess is that it will likely become so before Florida’s recreational bay scallop season begins in 2018: At its December meeting in Gainesville, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed draft changes that would create regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons and would allow a trial …

Enjoy The Winter Wonderettes at Monticello’s Opera House

The Monticello Opera House The Winter Wonderettes Produced by MadCo Monticello Acting & Dance Co. Musical—Dinner & Show The Wonderettes are back! This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring …

Jefferson County Fair and BBQ Cook-Off, November 12

  The Monticello-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2nd annual – Jefferson’s County Fair and BBQ Cook-Off scheduled to take place on November 12 and will be hosted in Lloyd, Florida at the Lloyd Arena.  The festival, will host a variety of food contests aimed at BBQ fans, providing various entertainment shows that …

Jefferson County in Natural North Florida–Short on Coastline, Long on Fishing!

If, on a fishing trip to the Jefferson County coastline, you think you’re the first human to ever see this shoreline, you’re wrong. This rugged 6-mile stretch of our Big Bend is now, for the most part, uninhabited and relatively unfished, due in part to the fact that it’s rocky and shallow. But now we …

Too Windy To Fish The Gulf? Head Up A Big Bend Coastal Creek

    Springtime often means that the winds howl on Natural North Florida’s Gulf Coast.  It’s not unusual for winds to be light and variable, 3 to 7-knots, in the morning hours, but turn to a 20-knot westerly sea breeze by noon.  The land heats up faster than the water, and that convection causes rough …

10th Annual Mayhaw Berry Festival, Monticello, FL–May 7 & 8, 2016

Golden Acres Ranch in Jefferson County, FL is hosting the 10th Annual Mayhaw Berry Festival on May 7 and 8, 2016.  It’s a free, family oriented event, with a petting area, hayrides, local crafts, art, food–and of course, mayhaw jelly! Golden Acres, located at 704 Barnes Road, Monticello, is a 60-acre, working goat and sheep …

Heading To The Water? Use Florida Boat Ramp Finder For The Best Access

If you’re heading to the Gulf, the rivers or the lakes in our Natural North Florida region, be assured we have plenty of boat ramps with public access for your use.  And the best way to find them is to use the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Boat Ramp Finder.  It’s a complete listing, …

“Early Birds” Catch The Fish–Summertime Fishing on Florida’s Big Bend

There are several reasons to get up early and go fishing on hot summer days.  One, if you’re fishing from one of our busy scalloping areas (Steinhatchee, Keaton Beach, St. Marks), you’ll beat the crowds to the water.  Another, the weather is more likely to be calm, unlike the afternoons when thunderstorms usually develop. The …

Attend the 8th Annual Southern Music Rising Festival April 25, 2015 in Monticello, Florida

Southern Music Rising organizes, promotes and holds major musical events in Monticello, Florida.  The Spring music celebration brings numerous world famous musicians to Monticello.  Thousands of people come to enjoy this wonderful annual event which serves to enhance the community and stimulate the local economy. Monticello is located at the junction of US19 and US90, …

Monticello Bike Fest, March 20 & 21, 2015

Monticello Bike Fest, March 20 & 21, 2015 Rolling hills and canopied roads make the panhandle of Florida the perfect setting for cyclists who want a change of scenery. Jefferson County offers the quaint town of Monticello as a unique host of the festival. With plantations, heritage roads and historic homes, your weekend to get …