Wild Beast Feast
The Wild Beast Feast annual fundraising event held every February provides an array of food as varied as the livestock that roam the fields surrounding the picturesque Whitehurst Lodge. Cole slaw, boiled sweet corn, baked beans and cheese grits were side dishes to the some of the little delicacies that our location in Florida provides--fried frog legs, gator tail, swamp cabbage and venison meatballs. Funds raised through this event fund the Junior Achievement programs in local schools. The event, together with contributions made by local businesses, helps fund economic and business education for students. Education in these subjects begins in elementary school, with the second grade program, "Our Community," and in fifth grade, where students are introduced to starting a business and the American free enterprise system with "Our Nation." Economics classes are the program's focus for middle and high school students.
Arts and Crafts Festival held in spring
The Williston arts and craft's festival is held each April behind Perkins State Bank. There are many vendors present to share their arts and crafts as well as a children's corner filled with activities for the kids. You will also find local youth dancers, music, food and desserts. Exhibitors and crafters are needed for the festival which is sponsored by the GFWC Williston Woman's Club and Junior Woman's Club. Anyone interested in participating as an exhibitor or a crafter in the festival or for more information, please contact Marion Cason in March or early April at (352) 528-2000.
Community Egg Hunt
About 200 children took part in Knauff Funeral Home's first-ever community Easter Egg Hunt as 3,500 eggs were spread in two fields. Organizers of the first egg hunt, which was held in April 2004, say they will make it an annual tradition for the young children in the community. In addition to hunting the treasure-filled plastic eggs, families ate lunch and enjoyed a puppet show.
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.
Halloween Trail of Treaters
Motorists driving through downtown Williston on or near Halloween night have quite a sight as hundreds of trick or treaters of all ages hit the main business area in search of goodies. Costumes range from the ever-popular princesses to scary ones like ghouls and vampires. The main organizers of the annual Trail of Treaters are the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce and Perkins State Bank. The event is designed to draw visitors to the downtown shopping district and to provide a fun and safe trick or treating environment for children.
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 Williston High School auditorium and is open to the public.