For those keeping track of the upcoming Centennial Celebration activities, a kite flying contest had been added to the expansive list of events happening to celebrate the upcoming 100th birthday of Port St. Joe.
The kite event will take place on Sunday, June 30 at George Core Park.
The Centennial Celebration Committee, appointed by Mayor Mel Magidson in October, wanted to ensure that the events were full of family fun.
Food plates with hamburgers or hotdogs will be served for $5 and trophies will be awarded for age categories eight and under, nine to 14 and 15-and-up.
Prizes will be given away for highest flying kite, best homemade kite, best store bought kite and overall champion kite flyer.
Also on hand will be carnival games including a football toss, basketball booth, corn hole, a hula hoop area and a water misting station to stay cool.
The event is a joint fundraiser between the Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Port St. Joe Youth Soccer and Port St. Joe Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
“We wanted to do something affordable and fun,” said Mike Lacour, Financial Analyst at City Hall and coordinator of the event.
As president of the Gulf County Soccer Boosters, Lacour and his wife, Becky have supported the youth athletic community for years and saw the kite flying event as a great way to raise funds for a local soccer coach, a position not budgeted by Gulf County Schools.
The Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Guild will also run a preliminary Duck Derby prior to a larger-scale event planned for the Scallop Festival in August.
Kids will be able to “adopt” a rubber duck and the first one across the park’s lagoon will win prizes.
Food will be provided by the high school, desserts by the PTO and a raffle will be hosted by the youth soccer boosters featuring gift-card prizes from Sunset Coastal Grill, Provisions, Sister’s Café, Peppers and Bluewater Outriggers.
Lacour saw the contest as the perfect addition to the centennial celebration and was proud to see events planned that recognized the people who founded and supported the community.
“We hope this event will help to promote small-town attitude where everyone is welcome,” Lacour said.
The kids kite flying contest will run from 1-4 p.m. ET. Children can register for $1 in advance or the day of the event. Volunteers can donate time and money to the event by calling 774-6446.
The Centennial Celebration will run from June 28 to July 4.