Franklin County Wins Top Rural Marketing Award
Franklin County recently received the State’s highest tourism marketing award for the Florida’s Forgotten Coast mobile app.  Visit Florida, the state’s marketing entity, presented the prestigious first place “Henry” award in the rural marketing category to the Franklin County TDC during the annual Governor’s Conference in Hollywood Florida on September 8th. You can download the Florida's Forgotten Coast Ap by clicking here. Pictured above: TDC Director John Solomon savors the moment when the county won its first Henry award. From left, Visit Florida President and CEO Dana Young, County Commission Chairman Ricky Jones and Danny Gaekwad, chairman of the Visit Florida board of directors.
Speaking of good tourism news... State records report that Franklin County tourism is up considerably so far this year. According to collections data, the June 2021 collections were $327,038.47, an increase of 15% increase over June 2020. According to TDC Director Solomon, the increase in visitation numbers represent the highest collections for any one month in the history of the Franklin County TDC.  "We hear everyday from visitors that say they appreciate our natural beauty and quiet outdoor amenities.  Visitors say this is the Florida they remember," says TDC director Solomon.
Popular Apalachicola Ghostwalk Returns October 30
Looking for pumpkin to do this month? Enjoy the Apalachicola Area Historical Society’s annual Fall Ghost Tour of the Historic Chestnut Street Cemetery in Apalachicola. Hauntings will abound when local history enthusiasts don the garb and take on the persona of the cemetery’s notable inhabitants to tell their tale of life and death in Apalachicola for more than 180 years ago.  The Ghostwalk will be held 6:30-8:30 pm. at the Chestnut Street Cemetery on U.S. Highway 98 in Apalachicola. Click here for details.
Tate's Hell 5k and Oktoberfest-themed festival at St. James Bay Golf Resort October 2
The 2021Tate’s Hell 5k will be hosted at the St James Bay Resort on Saturday, October 2 and will be combined with an Oktoberfest-themed fall festival. This year's race will be held on the golf resort's property that backs up to the Tate's Hell State Forest. The course will be run on both road and cart paths, a boardwalk and wooded trails and runners will have access to the resort's lockers, bathrooms and resort restaurant. The race will be followed with an Oktoberfest-themed festival, featuring craft beer tasting, live music, German food, and a silent auction. Proceeds from both the race and the festival go to Franklin County Senior Center in Carrabelle. Details.
Apalach Porch Fest October 2
Apalachicola's Porch Fest, a grassroots music event, will be held October 2 on nearly a dozen porches and yards throughout Apalachicola. The event begins at 11 am at Lafayette Park and ends at Lafayette Park around 7 pm.The day of music features nine local performers, each on different porches, at staggered times, throughout Apalachicola neighborhoods. Details.
9th Annual Pink Out! October 8 on SGI
The 9th Annual PINK OUT! fundraiser to support Franklin Needs, Inc., will be held Friday, October 8 beginning at 6 pm at Paddy’s Raw Bar on St. George Island. The evening will consist of a delicious dinner, Oyster City beer, the MR. PINK OUT Pageant, live music, and much more! This is an outside event with plenty of room to spread out! Proceeds from the PINK OUT! go to Franklin Needs Inc., which helps provide free mammograms, testing up to diagnosis, and aid in treatment transportation for Franklin County residents. Click here for details.
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Upcoming Events
TDC launches a Birders Adventure Getaway
Enter for a chance to win an adventure getaway this month and enjoy a guided hiking trip that will put you up close and personal with some of the area's seasonal migrating birds. Click here to enter this unique getaway. Not a birder? You can still enter to win a fishing getaway for a few more days by clicking here.
RV/Camping Getaway winners Randy & Tammy Eikermann Share their recent Forgotten Coast Experience
"We were overwhelmed with the hospitality and kindness shown to us during our recent visit to the communities of Franklin County . A huge 'Thank you' to Jean Lane for contacting me and planning and arranging everything from the accommodations at Carrabelle Beach & RV resort, the meal gift certificates to Up the Creek Raw Bar & The Coastal Family Restaurant where we had exceptional seafood as well as the awesome eco tour with Capt. Jimmy @ Scipio Creek Marina.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and spent a couple of extra days enjoying the communities meeting wonderful local individuals with entrepreneur spirits. The Getaway you so graciously gave us was proof that good communities with good people and good intentions still exist. Again, thank you so much for providing this getaway for us to enjoy!"
Sponge Diving Exhibit Opens in Carrabelle
The Carrabelle History Museum will present an exhibit during October. Sponge diving was once a lucrative industry in Carrabelle in the late 1800s. At one time Carrabelle had the second largest sponge fleet in Florida. The exhibit will explore the history of sponge diving in Carrabelle. The exhibit will include historical photos of Carrabelle sponge boats and local sponge divers, an old, brass sponge diving helmet. Learn more here.
Two Lighthouse Full Moon Climbs on October 20
Both historic lighthouses in the county will host full moon climbs during October. This full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. 
The Crooked River Lighthouse will host a Full Moon Climb on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, from 6-9 pm in Carrabelle, FL. Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to see the gorgeous natural surroundings of the St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the rising full moon.  Bring a chair and enjoy the evening. The museum and gift shop will be open for browsing and shopping. 
The October Sunset and Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to view St. George Island, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Apalachicola bay under the evening sky.The Sunset and Full Moon Climb will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Fifteen-minute time slots will be allotted for each group on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced reservations will be taken.
Live From Apalach - Halloween Edition Oct. 29
The Panhandle Players will present an evening of adult comedy, skits, and more with ‘Live from Apalach: Halloween Edition”.  Enjoy an evening at the theatre with some good laughs, beverages, snacks, plus a costume contest with a $100 cash prize.  Details.

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