Walton County Tourist Development Council?s board at the monthly board meeting, unanimously approved the 2005 Autumn Tides Events. Now in its fourth year, Autumn Tides events help extend the tourist season. The roster of events represents the diverse offerings in Walton County and helps market the area as a yearround vacation destination. The events showcase the area?s food, wine, art, culture, nature, healthy beaches, sporting events and family celebrations. The Council approved 25 events that met the criteria set forth by Walton County TDC. The 2005 events include annual events such as Trek for the Coast, Annual Baytowne Film Festival, Taste of 30A, the Flutterby Festival and the Annual Back to Nature Festival as well as new events to appeal to diverse audiences. The Art of Dining at Gulf Place will tempt those who enjoy great food and shopping by auctioning off local merchandise while attendees dine under the stars. Tides & Brides will serve the growing number of brides-to-be looking to have the perfect beach wedding. A Chair Affair will attract visitors who enjoy public art. Similar to the creatively designed cows placed in public spaces around Chicago, the Beaches of South Walton version will include Adirondack chairs designed by local artists and businesses, whose imaginative creations will be on display in communities throughout Walton County. Autumn Tides serves as an umbrella under which the Walton County TDC markets these existing and new events to increase visitation to the destination during shoulder season from Labor Day weekend until the end of December. "After the passage of the fourth cent of bed tax, this year?s promotion of Autumn Tides will include additional marketing support," said Kriss Titus, executive director of Walton County TDC. "The increased marketing budget will allow the TDC to improve its advertising schedule, enhance its Web presence and strengthen its public relations outreach both regionally and nationally. With such a great event line up and strong marketing force, we are extremely optimistic for a strong shoulder season."