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Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race at Topsail April 20

April 10, 2013 by SoWal Staff

This year over one billion people in 192 countries will participate in various events all over the world to celebrate Earth Day. How and where will you join in and make a difference? Emerald Coast residents, here’s your chance and Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is the place.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, the University of Florida IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant, and Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invite you to the 5th Annual Walton County Earth Day Festival & 5K Race on April 20, 2013.

Come out for a wonderful day of activities at the Walton County Earth Day Festival which will kick-off with an Ocean Hour Beach Clean-Up at 9 AM, where you can pitch in and help clean up the Gem of the Emerald Coast. The festival starts at 10 AM, and this FREE event will include: children’s activities, educational games, cooking demos, guided hikes, food and fun for all ages. Many agencies, local organizations, and area businesses will be on hand to educate and entertain festival-goers.

The Earth Day Sunset 5K Race will start at 5 PM with a post-race celebration including a star gazing opportunity to end the evening, led by the Northwest Florida Astronomy Association. Please join in the celebration and share all the beauty that the Emerald Coast has to offer, and make everyday Earth Day.

Schedule (not inclusive of all events; for updates go to website): 8:00AM – 9:00AM | Ocean Hour Beach Clean-Up
10:00AM – 3:00PM | Earth Day Festival with Interactive Booths & Activities
10:30AM-11:15AM | Five a Day the Tropical Smoothie Way
10:45AM | Prescribed Fire Hike
11:45AM-12:30PM | Selecting & Using Olive Oil
12:30PM | Guided Bird Walk
1:00PM-1:30PM | Color Your Plate with Summer Salads
2:00PM-2:45PM | Modern Day Bistro Dishes: Featuring Chef Dan Pettis
5:00PM | 5K Run/Walk Starts

Event Location:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park (Located ¼ mile south from Hwy 98 on W. County Hwy 30-A)
7525 W. County Hwy 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
For more information on the festival or to find a race sign up form call 850-267-8332, visit http://walton.ifas.ufl.edu/ or email bsaari@ufl.edu.

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