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Fall events

October’s Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival will feature Nashville talent at area venues including the Thirty Goat, Toucan’s and the Indian Pass Raw Bar.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 09:31 AM.

The Centennial Celebration has come and gone and the annual Scallop Festival is in the rearview mirror, but there’s still plenty to do across Gulf County and Mexico Beach in the coming months.

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and be active and August is no slouch when it comes to fishing-inspired events.

First up, this Saturday, is the 17th annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament in Mexico Beach.

During the one-day event, competitors will seek out King Mackerel, Wahoo and Spanish and weigh-in for cash prizes up to $3,000. Fishing starts bright and early at 5 a.m. CT and ends at 5 p.m.

The entry fee is $160 per boat with as many fishermen on board as desired. Pre-registration can be completed online at or in person at Bluewater Outriggers and Half Hitch Tackle in Port St. Joe or the Mexico Beach Marina. Two divisions will welcome recreational fishermen as well as professionals. The event will benefit the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association.

A Captain’s Party will be held at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Beacon Hill on Aug. 23.

If that doesn’t quench the fishing thirst, the Gator Classic Flathead Catfish Tournament will be held at Gaskin Park Landing in Wewahitchka on Aug. 30.

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