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Worm Gruntin' in Sopchoppy Florida

Updated on March 6, 2012

Sopchoppy, Florida

I never heard of it till yesterday. I was reading an article about an upcoming festival held in this little town every year about this time. Often times we miss out on these small town events because we go to the highly commercialized, expensive, stand-in-line for an hour exciting attractions.

Distinctive Title

Well, while it’s not well known, Sopchoppy happens to hold a very distinctive title.

“The Worm Gruntin' Capital of the World”.

It’s all about the juicy worm (Diplocardia Mississippiensis)

A fisherman’s favorite.

The Festival

April is the month of celebration and folks from near and far come to the lineup price of 5 dollars.

Just for a chance to drink free beer and enjoy the midway rides, pig racing, hillbilly music, juggling and fill up on backwoods bistro food.

The highlight of the day is the worm gruntin' contest.

Anybody who wants can try their hand at it, and the grand prize winner gets $50. 00 in cash and a fishing rod.

At the end of the day, some lucky girl will be crowned

‘Miss Worm Gruntin' Queen’.

How it's done


If you should want to join the festivities

It's located 35 miles southwest of Tallahassee, in Wakulla County.

The Muskogeans named this little place after an acorn.

It is surrounded by the Apalachicola National Forest and Wild Life refuge

on the banks of Sopchoppy river.

Fifty miles of pleasure

for fresh water fishing,

canoeing, and water skiing.

The surrounding forest

is a campground

for weekend outings with hiking trails.

Population: 426 (yr. 2000)

Iron bars
Iron bars
The winner!
The winner!

It's an art

About this worm gruntin. It’s an art.

You start by driving a stake (stob) into the soil.

Use a long narrow piece of iron to stoke a rhythm until it produces a vibrant sound.

The vibration disturbs the worm in the ground

and for some reason unknown to science,

the earthworm rises to the surface

into the hands of the fisherman.

This phenomenon can also be observed after a hard rain.

Hillbilly Sisters

The Sopchoppy river

50 miles long - empties into the gulf
50 miles long - empties into the gulf


Every county in the US has its special uniqueness. Look for the activities in your own little town and support your community.



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    • m0rd0r profile image

      Stoill Barzakov 

      6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      My god, never knew this can take worms out.

      Me and my grand dad were searching for big stones to push aside and digging some worms there.

      Voting up and useful.

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      It's only a hoop and a holler if you're a baskebball nut. In my case, it was simply a far-sighted typo.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Ha ha ha ha ha! They should have mail order!

      Thanks for the vote. I hope you smile all day, MM.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Wouldn't that be an excellent school outing, (except for the free beer)?

      You sound like a lot of fun, teaches.

      Your vote is checked. Thank you.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Ann, I could do with some of these worms in my garden, what big juicy ones!!!

      What fun - thank you and voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is unbelievable and so interesting. The video is fascinating and I can see why they call it grunting. The winner sure had a mess of them! I think this would be fun and educational to attend. Voted up and interesting.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      drbj...correct that a hoop and a holler...or...hoot and a holler?

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      Donna Cosmato 

      6 years ago from USA

      Too funny, Ann, what a hoot! Can't wait to share this one with everybody:)

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Eiddwen, it's a joke. I just felf like being silly when I wrote this. But I'll take any comment you want to hand my way, girl. Thank you.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Laughing at you's absolutely red neck. I'm not going. Just wrote about it. lol.

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      It works! I saw it happen. I also bought worms to put in my garden.

      Get you a stob girl!

    • anndavis25 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Ye Haw! Come on down!

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub and so gripping all the way through.

      Thank you for sharing this gem and here 's to so many more for us both to share on here Ann.

      Take care and I wish you a great day.


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      6 years ago

      Doesn't sound like kind of thing to do. Ihope you and your family have a great time.

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      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Boy...I need to try this technique to find worms for my Thanks...

      Wonderful fun hub..some of those types of events are really fun for the family..Great information and useful for future worm hunting..hehe


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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Can't believe, Ann, that all this worm gruntin' is goin' on just a hoop and a holler away. Gotta visit that place if only to be able to say, I visited Sopchoppy. Thanks for the edification.


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