Derby Day a big deal in South Walton

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 02:51 PM.

Gulf Place's Tom and Michelle Fillingim usually watch while sipping mint juleps from their third-floor tower, but this year will watch from the home of a friend.

For Miramar Beach's Gena Bolton, it's all about the hats.

"Love the hats! I've never been to the Derby or any other horse race, but I have enjoyed them on TV a few times," she said. "I am a huge fan of the horse and the movie 'Secretariat.'"

However, she won't get to participate this year due to a prior engagement.

Horse lady Shari Roberts said she doesn't always wear a hat, but she usually watches the Derby.

Seagrove's Sharon Jenkins can't wait to make her special hat and wear it to a friend's Derby party.

Seagrove's Randy Torrey doesn't care about the hats, but he looks forward to a nice spread of food, beverages, and the friendly betting that takes place on Derby day.

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