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  • Celebrate 4th of July at the Beach

    Mary Blackburn
    Mary Blackburn REALTOR®
    Mexico Beach, FL Real Estate Agent
    June 29, 2012

    An old-fashioned Fourth of July

    The Port St. Joe Downtown Merchants Committee will hold an “old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration” this coming Wednesday as the area celebrates Independence Day.

    “We want to have a small-town old-fashioned Fourth of July,” said Dana Boyer, chairwoman for the event. “This is being funded by the downtown merchants. When we all work together we do great things.

    “The business community appreciates their patrons and wanted to give something back.”

    The festivities will begin at 2 p.m. ET at City Commons Park.

    A special weekday version of the SaltAir Farmer’s Market will open with fresh vegetables, fruits, organic grass fed beef and fresh lamb. While shopping at the many craft booths sip on fresh lemonade or munch on cool watermelon slices.

    At 4 p.m. there will be a karate demonstration and dance performance in the gazebo at Commons Park and also starting at 4 p.m. will be a car show lined up on Reid Avenue, with everything from antiques to the unusual and vintage on display.

    At 6 p.m. ET – lineup at 5:30 along First Street for those wishing to participate – there will be a red, white and blue-themed parade of bicycles and golf carts, led by the Port St. Joe Police Department, followed by a Port St. Joe fire engine and flanked by the color guard from Port St. Joe High School’s NJROTC program.

    Judging will take place at the Commons Park gazebo, with prizes awarded to the best decorated bicycle and best decorated golf cart. There will be prizes for all children under 12 who participate.

    Follow the parade from First Street down Reid Avenue to City Commons because up next will be a pie baking contest and auction, which will kick off at 6:15 p.m. (see entry form)

    Those wishing to enter the contest are asked to bake two.

    First place will earn the winner $100; second place earns $75 and third place $50.

    In addition, Steamers will be sponsoring a hot dog eating contest at City Commons, the event to begin at 6:30 p.m. (see entry form)

    There will also be lemonade sold and for the young at heart, a watermelon-seed spitting contest.

    There will also be a dunking booth, a way to drench an elected official or candidate or two during the afternoon and evening as well as face-painting for the youngsters.

    The George Boyer Band, a.k.a. George, Cletus and Tom, will play at Commons Park beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

    “This event will be giving visitors and residents a place to gather and have fun before the fireworks,” said Marie Todd of the Merchants Committee.

    The fireworks will be shot from the old paper mill site just after dark.

    The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council and the Board of County Commissioners provided support in various ways.

    “This shows it is a community event,” Boyer said.

    For contact information on the pie baking contest contact Boyer at 227-3777. For more information about the parade and other events contact Gail Alsobrook at 229-6899. For those wishing to participate in the SaltAir Farmer’s Market, which will run from 3-7 p.m. ET, contact John Parker at 404-906-2637.

    Mexico Beach

    The folks at the Mexico Beach Special Events Committee have assembled a day of activities on the Fourth of July.

    Things get started early with a 5K race that starts at Under the Palms Park on Seventh Street.

    Those wishing to participate can pre-register at the Mexico Beach Welcome Center. The cost is $10 to enter and includes a free T-shirt.

    Registration on July 4 will begin at 6 a.m. CT. The cost on race day is $15 and includes a free T-shirt while supplies last. The race will be completed by 11:30 a.m.

    A Kids Fishing Rodeo will begin at 9:30 a.m. CT at Canal Park. The event, which will last until 11 a.m. CT, is free and open to all youngsters who wish to participate.

    All those kids have to do is bring their own pole – bait will be supplied.

    Registration is at Canal Park at July 4 and hot dogs will be sizzling for all the kids and their parents.

    The fireworks will go off around 8:3o p.m. CT from the Mexico Beach City Pier.


    The City of Wewahitchka will conduct their Independence Day festivities two days later, on Friday, July 6.

    The activities get started at 5 p.m. CT at T. L. James Park on the south end of town. The Dixie Youth Baseball teams will be offering a range of activities for the young at heart of all ages.

    The fireworks will go up and light the sky just after dark, roughly 8:30-8:45 p.m. CT on July 6.

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