Get ready to party like its 1913

Mayor Mel Magidson

Mayor Mel Magidson prepares for the centennial celebration by picking up the first of the commemorative coins.

Wes Locher
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 09:17 AM.

Everyone loves a birthday party and the residents of Port St. Joe are no exception.

In preparation for the big 100, Mayor Mel Magidson appointed several committee members late last year to plan out a series of events that would take place on and around July first, the official day that the town became incorporated in 1913.

The committees came up with events to entertain the town and promote the history that would involve enthrall longtime residents and newcomers alike.

The Music through the Years Music Festival at George Core Park will be the first of several events leading up to the centennial celebration to help raise funds for the festivities to come. The concert, which will feature six bands of different genres, will also mark the third reunion of the hit 1970s band, The Villagers, in 15 years.

The concert was coordinated by a music committee and will take place on Saturday, May 11. Food and beverages will be sold on-site. Additional fundraisers in the planning stages include a fish fry and a restaurant tasting.

City Auditor and Clerk, Charlotte Pierce and Patti Blaylock of Sunset Coastal Grill have been busy planning a parade that will open the celebration on June 28 by cruising down Reid Avenue. Floats will feature well-known community members for PSJ’s past and present.

The parade route would end at George Core Park where locals would be treated by a light show, currently being planned by Tim Nelson, Anna Duren and Jennifer Jenkins.

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