The Annual Peanut Run is held during the Annual Peanut Festival in October of each year. The first Peanut Run was held in 2013 and had over 90 participants. The event has options to run/ walk 1 mile or run/walk a 5K. The runners received a t-shirt and goodie bag with donations from event sponsors. The event had runners of all ages. The entry fee benefits the Rotary Clubs “Purple Pinkie Program” that sends the polio vaccination to the three remaining countries were polio exist (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) Register for the 2014 Purple Pinkie Peanut Run by visiting active.com.
The Central Florida Peanut Festival takes place the first Saturday of October each year in Williston’s Heritage Park. This Williston tradition celebrates all things “Nutty”. There will be rides, arts & crafts, live music, information booths, the Little Peanut royal family, and of course, TONS of peanuts. Whether you like them boiled, baked, roasted or fried, this is peanut Mecca. The festival is truly everything peanuts – from peanut oriented crafts to countless bags of the area’s prized crop to feast on, to the crowning of Little Peanut King and Queen and Baby Peanut.
More than 3,000 guests visited Kirby Family Farm, April 12th for the World’s Largest Easter Egg Hunt and festivities!
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On January 25th the Chamber hosted the Annual Installation Banquet which had a Wild West theme. There were special guests among the crowd this year, including city council members Jason Cason and Matthew Brooks. Judge Joe Smith and Levy County Supervisor of Elections, Tammy Jones, also attended. The banquet was held at the clubhouse inside the beautiful Williston Crossing RV Park and the décor surpassed that of past years with a display of artwork by local artist, Linda Ballentine-Brown. A western jewelry vendor was also on-site with some unique pieces from her collection. Dr. Kenneth Schwiebert, Chairman of Community Redevelopment Agency and local dentist, joined in the festivities to showcase the new plans for the Veteran’s Memorial. The event was alcohol-free and in the spirit of healthy choices the Levy County Prevention Coalition provided FREE root beer floats to bring awareness to their campaign of drug-free communities in Levy County schools. Steve McMillen was once again a breath of fresh air with his comedic stories and we appreciate his willingness to provide us with his charms every year. Honors were bestowed on the Business of the Year and New Business of the Year and the President’s award for Director of… read more →
Miss Williston pageant showcases local young ladies The Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston pageant is held every fall in Williston. A bevy of teenage contestants vie for the title of Miss Williston and a handful of little girls seek to be crowned the next Little Miss Williston. The pageant has been held for over 20 years and offers local young ladies and little girls the opportunity to experience glamour at a fun event. The girls obtain local businesses as sponsors and participate in a week of practices. Miss Williston and Little Miss Williston represent the city at various local parades and ribbon cuttings. A fundraiser for the Junior Woman’s Club, the event is held in the WillistonHigh School auditorium and is open to the public.
Williston proudly joins forces with the American Cancer Society to host a Relay For Life event each spring. Community members and businesses show their support as we Celebrate. Remember. and Fight Back together. The Relay season kicks off in the fall and you’ll find plenty of ways to be part of the festivities. The Relay committee holds exciting community events and fundraisers leading up to the big day as relay teams band together for a great cause, but we always save the BIG fun for Relay Day!! Whether it’s Cupcake Wars, the new Glow Run, Ms. Ugly Contest or Bling Bra and Boxer Mission Moment…you’ll be entertained. At 9pm the most touching ceremony takes place, the Luminaria Ceremony. It’s important to us to not only celebrate and honor our Survivors but to also remember those who have lost their battle with cancer and those we continue to FIGHT for. Check out our website at www.relayforlife.org/willistonfl and join us!
About 200 children take part in the annual Easter Egg Hunt as 3,900 eggs were spread in John Henry Park. In addition to hunting the treasure-filled plastic eggs, families ate a free hotdog lunch.
Williston puts on an outstanding Independence Day celebration each year on July 3 with a show-stopping parade, a festival and a spectacular fireworks display to top off the evening. The parade usually includes over 100 different entries ranging from floats to fire trucks to politicians. After the parade downtown the crowd heads over to the Williston Horseman’s Park for the July 3 festivities put on by the city and the Chamber of Commerce. There are plenty of free activities for children as well as food and entertainment. At nightfall the sky lights up with the much-anticipated fireworks extravaganza.
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