CHIPLEY - On the last weekend of the month, Washington Countians can get a reminder of what makes their county their own.

The Washington County Heritage Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 at Falling Waters State Park. The fifth annual event showcases the past times of the local people.

"We try to feature the way of life here in the past so not any particular element, just the things that people did to survive here," said Heather Lopez, Director of Washington County Tourist Development Council. "We have blacksmiths, butter makers, candle makers, Civil War re-enacters, Native Americans, agriculture, turpentining."

"It's a little bit of everything," she added.

New this year is a parking sponsorship for the first 200 cars into the park on Saturday.

"It's a way to give back to the community," Lopez said, noting parking is $5 per vehicle on Friday and all cars after the first 200 on Saturday will also be charged the $5 standard park fee.

Washington County Board of County of Commissioners and the Florida Farm Bureau are the sponsors. Free offsite parking will be available at RiverTown Community Church on State Park Road. A shuttle service will be on hand to bring guests to the festival grounds.

The festival also features a range of educational demonstrations, unique crafts and food, and fun activities for children.

Also at the event, Civil War reenactors will do cannonball fire and wood sculpturist Chad Gainey will do three live sculptor demonstrations each day of the event.

Other sponsors include: North Florida Artillery, Chipley Gun & Pawn, SWC Construction, and Sunbelt.

"It's a fun event," Lopez concluded. "We want to educate everybody about part of our past and our culture."

For more information about the Washington County Heritage Festival, contact the Tourist Development Council 850-638-6013 or online at