To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday, the Mexico Beach Community Development Council held its annual Sandy Shoes 5K fun run.
The path, which wound up 7th Street to 386 before turning around, welcomed 430 participants.
Overall winners for the event were Kathy Wolski of Knoxville, T.N. and Coleman Churitch of Brentwood, T.N.
Female and male winners in 12 and under division were Ellie Wolski of Knoxville, T.N and Jackson Roberts of Tallahassee; 13-19 division: Lauryn Davidson of Dacula, G.A. and Perry Waddell of Bainbridge, GA; 20-39 division: Brittany Folsom of Hahira, G.A. and Joe Hulen of Canton, G.A.; 40-59 division: Shelly Valerio of Atlanta, G.A. and Rodney Wellmann of College Station, T.X.; and 60 and up division: Lynn Fogel Stone Mountain., G.A. and Doug Crymes of Mexico Beach.
Following the race a kids fishing tournament was held along the Mexico Beach canal that welcomed 114 young anglers who strove to catch the biggest fish they could. Participants were treated to a hotdog lunch and those who caught the most fish received trophies for their hard work.
Each year the July Fourth events are organized by the Mexico Beach special events committee.
“The volunteers on the committee work endlessly year round to raise funds for these events,” said Community Development Council executive director Kimberly Shoaf. “Both events brought out record-breaking crowds.”
Staple Mexico Beach events like the Gumbo Cook-off and the Art and Wine Festival are organized by the committee and raise the funds that keep the July Fourth celebration going year after year.
“It was a great day and the fireworks spoke for themselves,” said Shoaf. “Everything was such a success and we’re very appreciative of everyone who helped us out.”
The Art and Wine festival will be held on Oct. 11 at the Driftwood Inn.