The 16th Annual Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin’ Festival – will take place on Saturday, April 9, 2016, in historic downtown Sopchoppy. This year’s festival should be the best ever. And, as always, it is free and open to the public of all ages. Visit wormgruntinfestival.com to get the complete description of the event including a great lineup of entertainment, contests for children and adults, plus 100 vendors of arts, crafts, and food.
The day begins at 7:30 A.M. with registrations for the 5K race (registration form or online registration at active.com). The race begins at 8:30 AM. The course begins in town, crosses the bridge over the Sopchoppy River, and out into the country then returns. At 9 A.M. vendors of arts, crafts, and food will open for business and our first live music performance of the day will entertain. Opening ceremonies are at 9:30 A.M. and at 10:15 the “must see” will be our colorful worm grunting demonstration by a professional bait harvester, our own Gary Revell. The worms go deep into the ground as the day warms up so if you want to see Gary or have your kids compete in the Worm Grunting contest (cash prizes) which follows the demonstration, you have to be here in the morning. Gary will be there all day to answer questions and there will be gruntin’ tools for you to try out. An early morning arrival will also give you the best choice of sizes and colors of our very popular festival shirts.
The program continues with the crowning of our three Queens, each over 100 years of age and residents of Sopchoppy. There will be a lot of great live music throughout the afternoon and into the evening along with contests such as the Wakulla County Horseshoe Championship which offers cash prizes, a bait casting contest for kids with rods and reels to the three top performers, and the always amusing hula hoop contests for hipsters. You will be amazed at how much fun it is to watch them perform with such intense concentration and determination to keep those hoops going round and round.
The Worm Grunters' Ball begins at 7:00 P.M. as the culmination of a wonderful day. This year we have the Sarah Mac Band followed by the Rick Ott Band with special guests. (THIS JUST IN – We just learned that the Rick Ott Band will be joined by a very special guest artist – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Robert Tarrant, better known as Tarp to many. Tarp was the drummer for Jerry Lee Lewis and over his career has played with just about everyone including Elvis! The Ball attracts families, children, and a few pets. We will provide some chairs, but if you've got a favorite, bring it or a blanket along. The dancing and music continue until 10 P.M.http://www.wormgruntinfestival.com/