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Fall brings festival fun

Fall is bringing festival fun to West Florida Electric Cooperative’s service area. Upcoming community celebrations include the 22nd annual Graceville Harvest Festival, Sept. 18 – 21, and the first annual Altha Heritage Festival, Oct. 5. The following information will help you and your family plan your participation in the festivities:

Graceville Harvest Festival
Wed., Sept. 18, – Sat., Sept. 21

The Graceville Ministerial Association will host a farmers’ prayer fellowship at the Factory Stores of America Sept. 18 at 5:30 p. m. Local clergy will lead prayers, and guests will enjoy hamburgers and old-fashioned fellowship.

The gospel trio the Martins will perform Sept. 19 at the Baptist College of Florida Assembly Center. The doors will open at 6 p. m. for the concert, beginning at 7 p. m. Advance tickets are $7 per single admission or $5 each for groups of ten or more. Admission will be $10 at the door. Tickets are available at WFEC and other Graceville businesses, area Christian bookstore, online at or by phone at 1-800-965-9324.

The Graceville High School and Elementary School Tigers will honor local farmers with pre-game and half-time presentations at Friday night’s football game Sept. 20. The GHS Band, GHS and GES Combined Chorus and Future Farmers of American will conduct the tribute.

Southland Amusements will offer carnival games and food, along with 16 thrilling rides, on the Factory Stores of America grounds beginning at 6 each evening of the festival. Save money by purchasing 24 carnival tickets for $14 in advance at WFEC’s Graceville District office and various other businesses throughout Graceville.

Saturday’s highlights will include a parade through downtown Graceville starting at 9 a. m., a car show, arts and crafts and more at the Factory Stores of America. The Gann Brother, Now to Him, 3 Days Later, Resting Place and Yes Lord Mass Choir will perform live music throughout the day’s activities. For additional information, call the Graceville Area Chamber of Commerce at (850)263-4289 or log on to

Altha Heritage Festival
Altha’s first-ever Heritage Festival Saturday, Oct. 5, will commemorate the city’s centennial. Festival activities, beginning at 8 a. m. at the Altha Area Recreational Complex on Bodiford Road just north of Altha, will include arts and crafts, pony rides and games for the children and live entertainment.

A truck pull, an antique tractor show and tractor pull, an antique car show, a 1902 costume contest, a quilt exhibit, storytelling, an auction, history and genealogy displays and an art show highlighting local talent will all be part of the old-fashioned, family fun. Panhandle Pioneer Settlement’s pioneer exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment will stir memories of times past for older members of the community while providing the younger generation with a glimpse of yesterday.

Southern Impact, the Calaboose Band, Wayne Martin, Lisa Grice, Sheriff’s Posse and Backroads Blue will perform a variety of music styles, including country, oldies, southern rock, gospel and bluegrass.
The celebration promises to be an all-day, fun-packed event with something for everyone to enjoy, so bring your entire family and some lawn chairs. All festival proceeds will benefit the Altha Fire Department and the Altha Area Recreational Complex. For additional information, call (850)762-2509 or (850)762-3280.

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