Lake Alice Park welcomed thousands of visitors on Saturday afternoon for Wewahitchka’s Tupelo Festival, an annual tradition that celebrates one of the town’s most enduring industries.
Vendors, food trucks, local organizations and beekeepers set up booths for visitors to peruse at their leisure, and overcast skies kept temperatures down enough to ensure crowds were large.
The festival takes place on the third Saturday of May every year, right after the tupelo blooming season along the Apalachicola river. Local beekeepers work long hours in the weeks leading up to the event to ensure they have enough fresh honey in supply.
Wewahitchka has been a hub for Tupelo Honey production since the nineteenth century. The festival brings in thousands of dollars for local vendors, businesses and organizations every year.
“Under the great mossy oaks of Lake Alice, people come from all over the world to the small community of Wewahitchka, Florida each spring to taste and take home this locally grown rare, delicious delicacy,” reads the event’s website.
Organizers hope to see the festival, one of the community’s largest annual events, continue to grow in the coming years.