Day 2 of Bowlegs Festival: Ready for an invasion?


Will Mayor Dick Rynearson succeed in repelling the invasion by the Bowlegs Krewe? Cross your fingers.

Staff Report

The 62nd Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival got off to a rousing start Friday, highlighted by the skirmish between the notorious pirate Billy Bowlegs and Mayor Dick Rynearson.

Hundreds of people gathered at Fort Walton Landing for the opening of the festival, most sporting their best pirate apparel.

There’s plenty more on the agenda Saturday, including the attack on Fort Walton Beach by the Bowlegs Krewe. Will Mayor Rynearson succeed in repelling the invasion? Cross your fingers.

Following is the upcoming festival schedule:


‒ 11 a.m. The festival grounds open for a day filled with pirate revelry and music, with another performance from Captain Davy & the Crossbones.

‒ 2 p.m. The Bowlegs Krewe is expected to attack the City at about 2 p.m. Let’s see if Mayor Rynearson will succeed in repelling Captain Billy’s invasion this year.

‒ 6 p.m. The festival will close.


‒ From noon to 4 p.m., the Bowlegs Beer Tour will feature a variety of craft beer samplings, along with special offerings from Props Craft Brewery. Purchase advance tickets for $25 at Tickets are $30 at the festival.

‒ The festival will feature entertainment on the main stage throughout, and will offer a large kids’ Pirate Play Zone sponsored by PMI. Kids’ bracelets, allowing unlimited access to all the children’s attractions, are $15 per day. Attractions will include the rock wall, Euro-Bungee, and Space Walk of Fort Walton and Crestview interactive attractions.

‒ The park-and-ride shuttle service detailed above runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.


If you found yourself three sheets to the wind Saturday, or are just tired, no worries. Sunday is the day on which pirates and citizens rest.


7 p.m. The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade, sponsored by Wind Creek Atmore, will guide floats from First Street up Eglin Parkway, with crowds yelling for beads and throws from the festive floats. Local businesses, organizations and family groups are invited to join the cavalcade. Pre-register your float at