The Clean Coast Music & Art Fest is set for Aug. 22 in Destin

So many of us who live in the Valley area used to head for the Gulf Coast in Florida. This year, fewer of us are heading south.

Lisa Brown, a Eufaula, Ala., native, said she and her family spent lots of summers in the Destin, Fla., area.

"I have had a passion for the Gulf Coast since childhood and spent a lot of time in Destin," she wrote in a release.

She now works for the Clean Coast Music & Art Fest, which is scheduled for Aug. 22 in Destin's HarborWalk Village.

There are already more than 40 bands who have committed to perform, 75 artists booths, a children's area, food and drinks vendors and live and silent auctions.

The admission is $25, and will go to five organizations who are involved in the Gulf oil spill clean-up -- the United Way of Okaloosa and Walton counties, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, Emerald Coastkeepers, the Gulf Restoration Network and the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation.

Call 850-429-8422.

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