The Annual Tupelo Honey Festival will be held 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. CT Saturday, May 20 at Lake Alice Park in Wewahitchka. It’s an exciting event, with your chance to take part in this local delicacy. Area honey producers will be on hand, selling their honey in a variety of sizes. There will also be food, art & crafts, and live music.

For decades, tupelo honey has been synonymous with Gulf county. The pollen from the tupelo gum tree (Nyssa ogeche), produces some of the finest honey in the world. The common name “tupelo” is derived from language of the Muscogee Nation, also known as the Creek Indian Nation. The meaning of the word is “swamp tree,” as this tree flourishes in areas of wet soils and seasonal flooding. Gulf county, especially in the Dead Lakes and Apalachicola river region, provides prime habitat for one of the largest tupelo forests on earth.

The tupelo bloom season lasts from approximately mid-April to the end of May. This is an anxious time for beekeepers. Tupelo blooms are very temperamental and delicate in nature. For this short period, beekeepers hope for little wind or rain and no cold temperatures, as any of these factors can make or break tupelo honey production. Regardless of seasonal impacts, the demand for Gulf County’s tupelo honey never subsides.

Calling all community youth! The Port St. Joe Garden Club is hosting a Flower Show. This year’s theme is “Sunshine & Sandcastles”. The event will take place on Saturday, June 10th from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM EST. Any amateur gardener may enter, and no fee is required. There is a special 4-H section for the show. Please contact Melanie Taylor of Gulf County Extension at 639-3200 for 4-H entry registration and plant requirements. Entries will need to be received by Friday, June 9th between 8:30 -11:30 AM EST at the PSJ Garden Club on 216 8th Street in Port St. Joe. Judging will occur in the afternoon of the 9th. Don’t delay, all 4-H entries of potted plants or arrangements must be registered in advance!

For registration questions for all other entries, please contact the PSJ Garden Club via their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Port-St-Joe-Garden-Club-154653344602213/

See you at the Tupelo Honey Festival and the Port St. Joe Garden Club Flower Show!

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