VALPARAISO — The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is gearing up for its 40th Saturday in the Park Festival and Heritage 5K.

The free event, which showcases Northwest Florida's heritage, is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at the Perrine Park, across from the museum at 115 Westview Ave.

It includes free museum admission, historic re-enactments and traditional craft demonstrations, a 5K run/walk, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, a Kid Zone. There will also be a flower show and a car show & shine.

The day’s festivities starts with the 8 a.m. run, following a traditional opening ceremony with invocation, presentation of colors by Niceville High School ROTC and the National Anthem sung by the Plew Elementary Choir beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Sign-ups begin at noon for old-fashioned contests; watermelon eating, bubble gum blowing, and a sack race. Winners get a free pass to the Gulfarium on Okaloosa Island. Limited contest space.

There will be plenty of handicap parking and a golf cart shuttle from Lincoln Park and surrounding streets. Spaces are still available for arts and crafts vendors, nonprofits, government agencies and clubs.

Go to, call 678-2615 or email