Story and photos by JENNA BAILEY
On Friday, March 16, Main Street DeFuniak Springs hosted the First Annual Main Street Swing Fling. The event took place at 676 Circle Drive in DeFuniak Springs from 5 to 9 p.m. and was attended by members of the community such as former mayor of DeFuniak Springs Harley Henderson and his wife Mendy Henderson, current mayor of DeFuniak Springs Bob Campbell, and members of Main Street DeFuniak’s board of directors including Main Street DeFuniak Director Jay Evans, Bruce Naylor of Naylor Realty, and the new owner of the original DeFuniak Springs post office Erin Glenn. Musical group ‘HASHTAG Swing’ provided the music. Chautauqua Winery and Grayton Beer Company were on hand for libations and a display of finger sandwiches, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages were also available for grazing.
All proceeds and donations to the Swing Fling will go directly to bringing the Florida Humanities Council event “Museums on Main Street” to DeFuniak Springs — said event is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution. The goal of the program is to bring high-quality traveling exhibits to small towns across the state. The Swing Fling also provided a dance floor assembled by the welding department of Emerald Coast Technical College who also revamped the bikes available at the Lake Yard.
A show of proof that the Swing Fling was a success was when attendees danced a crack into the dance floor – which was quickly repaired and dancing resumed. “The reason why we decided to do this is because we wanted to do something for the community, but we wanted to bring everybody together to make sure we were reaching out to everyone in the community,” said Main Street DeFuniak Director Jay Evans regarding the Swing Fling. “We didn’t want it to be just an event for the businesses or members of certain communities, but for everyone…What Main Street DeFuniak is trying to do right now is it’s bigger than just Downtown DeFuniak. The projects that we’re looking at are going to influence not only the greater DeFuniak area, but if we’re successful they will have a positive influence on all of Walton County.”