This year Northwest Florida celebrated its 36th Annual Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. Niceville is located in Okaloosa country Florida, close to Eglin air Force Base. It’s original name was Valpariso, but in order to separate itself from a neighboring town it took the unofficial name of Boggy Bayou. The city itself is 10.9 square miles of land and 0.4 miles of water. Niceville is just a short drive from other Florida hotspots such as Destin, Panama City and Pensacola Beach.

Lip smacking delights such as Gator on a Stick, Shrimp Creole, and Fried Corn on the Cobb, high quality crafts, clothes, jewelry and collectables topped off with today’s hottest performers promised to make this festival one of the best yet. I shopped till I was ready to drop. Cowboy hats in all shapes sizes and colors, figurines made from blown glass and of course my favorite this year were the martini glasses made from mason jars. (yes of course I had to have a full set)

The organizers of this year’s festival deserve two thumbs up. This is hands down one of the most organized, affordable and family friendly festivals I have attended this year. There were no issues with lines into the festivals, the staff well-informed and booths well stocked. Friday and Saturday night beer was sold with fully staffed venues costing less than $5.00, with non-alcoholic beverages also less than $5. A huge plus in this festival junkies book were the numerous, clean, well lite port o lets.   Sunday at the Mullet festival was family friendly with pony rides and bubble swims for the kids.

Friday and Saturday brought entertainers such as Colt Ford, Kellie Pickler and Jake Owens to the spotlight. Newcomers participated in the Singing Showdown for the honor of being named the voice of Boggy Bayou, gift certificates and a chance to open for Florida Georgia Line, another great one playing the festival this year. Last year’s winner, Parker Willingham performed Friday night before this year’s winner Chris Caddenhead was announced. Both of these young men make Niceville Proud.  I look forward to seeing more of these guys.

Over all this years festival was a huge success. I know I can not wait to see who Niceville brings to town next year.

Make plans now folks for the best family friendly festival in Florida. The website for Niceville is and check out past festivals at

A special shout out to Shelia…thanks for making it easy.   See Ya’ll next year