The Salt Air Farmers Market in Port St. Joe
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Gulf and Franklin Counties. Here’s a look at what the local communities have going on.

Juneteenth celebration

Two days of upcoming gatherings in Port St. Joe will mark the 158th anniversary of Juneteenth, an annual holiday to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States. 

Events will be held throughout the weekend in Port St. Joe and include marches, live music, food, family-friendly activities and opportunities to observe and acknowledge what’s considered the longest-running African American holiday.

A full schedule of events is available here.

Carrabelle’s Country Market Saturday

The Crooked River Lighthouse continues its Country Farmer’s Market this Saturday, June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, 1975 Hwy 98 West, Carrabelle. The market is actively recruiting new and returning vendors, at a cost of $10 a market. For more information, contact 850-697-2732, [email protected] or

Salt Air Farmers Market

Shop local farmers and artisans. Let your family enjoy art pieces and the amazing flavors of fresh veggies, sweet Tupelo Honey and vine-ripened fruit. The Salt Air Farmers Market is open the first and third Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT in downtown Port St. Joe.

Kingfish Shootout Saturday at C-Quarters

The 20th Annual Kingfish Shootout will be Saturday, June 17 at Carrabell’s C-Quarters Marina, with the Captain’s Meeting Friday night. The event has categories of kingfish, Spanish mackerel, and red snapper, with a guaranteed payout of $22,000. Team registration fee is $300 per boat. For more info call Kristy Crowder at 912-599-9495 or email to [email protected]

This Little Town’ opening

The Joe Center for the Arts invites the public to attend the opening of their new exhibit Friday, June 16, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. EDT. “This Little Town” is a multi-faceted, carefully curated, juried exhibition of paintings, drawings, printmaking and photography created by local artists expressing what they see to be the essence of Port St Joe and the 32456 area.   

Click here for more details.

D-Day exhibit opens at WWII museum

The Camp Gordon Johnston World War Museum at 1873 Hwy 98 West in Carrabelle has opened a special exhibit Commemorating D-Day, running until Saturday, July 15. The museum is open every Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but donations are gladly accepted. For info call (850) 697-8575 or email [email protected]

AHS 50th class reunion Saturday

The Apalachicola High School Class of 1973 will host its 50th class reunion on Saturday, June 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Apalachicola Masonic Lodge #76 F & AM, at 3 Chestnut Street in Apalachicola. BYOB, but bottled water and sodas will be provided. For more information on the reunion, reach out to Bob Howell at [email protected] or Denise Lunsford at [email protected]

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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