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30A Sand Rover Rally to be Held at Gulf Place Green: April 8

on Friday, 27 January 2017. Posted in Festival

30A Sand Rover Rally to be Held at Gulf Place Green: April 8

Bring your funky beach cruiser to the fourth annual 30A Sand Rover Rally inSouth Walton, Florida, on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Last year, over 100 Land Rovers, dune buggies, Broncos, Jeeps and beach cruisers showed up for trail rides, live music and much more. Spectators are always welcome, and there is no admission fee to participate.

This year, the rally will be held on the Gulf Place green and will feature live music.

You can still buy official 2016 rally shirts online. They feature the 30A SAND ROVER RALLY rally logo on the front, and our 2016 sponsors on the back. New 2017 shirts will be available as the event draws closer.

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SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 8, 2017 (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: The 2017 30A Sand Rover Rally

We’re expecting another big turnout this year, so if “getting a good spot” in the rally lot at Gulf Place is important to you, or if you have a gorgeous “show car”, you might consider skipping the trail rides and heading straight to the rally location to secure your spot. We really have no way of knowing for sure how many vehicles are planning to attend, but volunteers will be ready to help park vehicles as they arrive.

Once the green fills up, parking will be available in the spots directly around the green and throughout Gulf Place. Just come prepared to HAVE FUN and bring your best casual beach attitude.

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8:30 a.m.: Trail Meeting

Once again this year, attendees are welcome to meet in Point Washington State Forest at 8:30 a.m. CST. To find the meeting place, ACCESS THE STATE FOREST FROM COUNTY ROAD 395 SOUTH AT THIS ENTRANCE:

Lat: 30° 20′ 12.627″
Long: -86° 7′ 47.7726″

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ONCE YOU TURN OFF 395 INTO THE STATE FOREST, SLOWLY FOLLOW THE DIRT ROAD. WHEN YOU COME TO THE 3-WAY FORK IN THE ROAD, BEAR LEFT. WE’LL MEET IN THE LARGE MEADOW AT THESE COORDINATES ON ROAD #13:

Lat: 30° 20′ 33.8274″
Long: -86° 6′ 53.391″

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After a few minutes of photos and introductions, we’ll break up and hit the trails for as long as you like. All drivers are reminded to be responsible and courteous to other drivers and to state property. All activities should adhere to Tread Lightly principles.

We’ve been asked to remind everyone that DRONES are not allowed on any state property. Also, please note that NO ALCOHOL is allowed on state property. Officials will be on patrol in the forest to help ensure everyone’s safety.

South Walton features over 25,000 acres of protected land to explore, including Point Washington State Forest. But if getting muddy or dusty just isn’t your thing, no worries! You can hit the beach, cruise along Scenic Highway 30-A, or just head over to the official rally location at Gulf Place to hang out with other enthusiasts.

Some of the trails in Point Washington State Forest are very narrow (as in, “knock your mirrors off,” “scratch your paint,” and “tear up your roof rack” narrow). If your don’t like the sound of limbs scratching along the sides of your vehicle, we strongly recommend that you stick to the main dirt roads (see map below).

If you drive down narrow sand trails, you might not be able to back out, especially if you’re part of a long caravan. Please also note that anything on TOP of your truck (flood lamps, luggage, surf boards, etc.) could easily be damaged on the narrow trails, so please take it slow and easy.

Please don’t feel pressured to venture onto these narrow trails. There are plenty of wide dirt roads to explore! This map shows the best access points for trail rides:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE MAP

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30A Songwriters Festival at Gulf Place

on Tuesday, 10 January 2017.

30A Songwriters Festival at Gulf Place

Gulf Place is pleased to announce it will be a 2017 30A Songwriters Festival Venue Partner. The four-day music festival during Martin Luther King weekend, January 13 - 16, 2017, will feature more than 175 songwriters and over 200 performances in various venues. Gulf Place will have performances on Friday, January 13, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The following schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Friday, January 13
4pm: Edie Carey & Kelsey Waters
5pm: The Honeydew Drops
6:30pm: AJ Ghent Band
8pm: Ed Roland (Collective Soul)

Saturday, January 14
4pm: The Courtyard Saints
5pm: Amy LaVere
6:30pm: Shawn Mullins
8pm: Drivin' n Cryin'

Sunday, January 15
4pm: Wesley CookCaroline Spence & Hannah Thomas
5pm: The Mulligan Brothers
6:30pm: Parker Millsap
8pm: Matthew Sweet

Gulf Place Announces 2017 Events

on Tuesday, 06 December 2016. Posted in Festival

Polar Bear Plunge, 30A Songwriters Festival & Snowbird Stroll

Gulf Place Announces 2017 Events

Gulf Place on 30A is set to host a number events at the beginning of 2017.

In conjunction with the South Walton Fire District (SWFD), Gulf Place will host the 4th Annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1, 2017, at Ed Walline Beach Access, located across the street from Gulf Place located on the corner of Highway 393 and Scenic Highway 30A. Registration will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the plunge starting promptly at 1pm. Prior to the plunge, attendees are invited to take part in the event’s costume contest. A $20 donation is suggested, as all proceeds will benefit the SWFD Department Relations Committee (DRC). The DRC purchases fire and life safety items for community based educational programs that are held throughout the year. This event is open to all ages, and attendees are encouraged to bring a change of clothes. Following the plunge guests will enjoy food, music and a bonfire, in addition to shopping at the merchants at Gulf Place.

Gulf Place is pleased to announce it will be a 2017 30A Songwriters Festival Venue Partner. The four-day music festival during Martin Luther King weekend, January 13 - 16, 2017, will feature more than 175 songwriters and over 200 performances in various venues. While the lineup of artists is not available until closer to the festival, Gulf Place will have performances on Friday, January 13, Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. For more information and updates, please visit www.30asongwritersfestival.com.

The community is invited to attend the Snowbird Stroll on Thursday, January 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. Now in its second year, the Snowbird Stroll is similar to the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout. Guests check in at the Artists at Gulf Place to receive their complimentary commemorative glass and a map with all the participating merchants. Guests will enjoy live music, giveaways, wine and hors d’oeuvres at more than 15 stops in the Gulf Place neighborhood. Gulf Place will host a second Snowbird Stroll on Thursday, February 16, 2017, from 4 to 6 p.m. Cost to participate is $20.

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