Emerald Coast Cruizin Event Schedule and Giveaway

This year’s Emerald Coast Cruizin event is moving, but you can still expect the same huge turnout of awesome hot rods, rat rods and classics.  In years past they’ve had thousands of chromed out, polished show-stoppers and this year their new gulf-front venue will make it all the more fun.

Driving around the beach you can already see a sampling of some of the fun cars that will be here this weekend, and vendors will start rolling in today.  Below is a full schedule of events for this weekend.

Also, for into on the giveaway, scroll down below the schedule. 🙂

Event Schedule

Tuesday, November 6

Registration opens 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Cruiz Central, Across from Sharky’s 15238 Front Beach Rd

12pm Cruise Central Live Music by Gene Mitchell.

8am to 5pm Vendor set up Event site.

Wednesday, November 7

Registration opens from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Cruiz Central Sharky’s

12pm Live music by Southbound.. Free to all registered participants

8am til 5pm vendor set up event site

Thursday, November 8

8am til 4pm Registration Opens Cruise Central 15238 Front Beach Rd.

8am til 5pm Festival Site opens New Location all car participants & vendors use rear gate located at ( 1535 Hutchison BLVD ) . Spectators use 12000 Front Beach Rd Old Miracle Strip Lot Next to

Shipwreck Water Park corner of Alf Coleman Rd & Front Beach Rd.

6:30pm Redneck LU AU Hammerhead Fred’s Live Music!

6:30pm Wicked Wheel Cruize Live music by ” Phsyco Devilles ” Wicked Wheel – 10025 Hutchison Blvd.

Friday, November 9

8am til 4pm Registration opens at Cruise Central aross street of Sharkys Beach Club 15238 Front Beach Rd.

8am Festval site opens New Location vendors and car participants use 1535 Hutchison Rd gate. Spectators use 12000 Front Beach Road gate.

8am Cruise Central music Event Tees, lots more.

6:30 Cruise Parade to Beach Bash Sharky’s beach club Live concert by “SouthBound”.

Saturday, November 10

8am til 12pm Registration open Cruise Central Across street of Sharkys Beach Club

8am Show and Shine Beachside New Location Vendors & Car participants use 1535 Hutchison Rd gate. Spectators us 12000 Front Beach Rd gate

8am Cruise Central opens Music, Event Tees, Food, much more across Street of Sharkys Beach Club.

4pm awards $10,000 cash give away at Main Festival site Miracle Strip Lot / Grand Panama

6:30pm Flame Throwing Contest Wicked Wheel

Several Cruise Ins with Live Bands Sharkys, Hammerhead Freds, Sandpiper Beacon,Pineapple Willy’s and More. Event Schedule/Maps will be avaliable at Cruiz Central.

Book with us and get TWO free tickets

If you just want to parlay the giveaway, and you still need a place to stay this weekend, you can book a condo with us (3 nights or more) and we’ll give you 2 free tickets to the event (while supplies last).

You can see what we have available at PCBLP.com

Emerald Coast Cruizin Ticket Giveaway

Who doesn’t love a giveaway?  Up for grabs are 4 three-day tickets to the event this weekend, worth $20 each! That’s $80 worth of freebies!

How to enter

In the past, we’ve offered multiple ways to enter, but it’s so much more fun just to leave it right here on this post.  So, COMMENT TO WIN!.

In order to be considered an entrant, all you have to do is post a comment on this post (below) and we’ll randomly pick one super-lucky person to enjoy the passes.

The winner will need to come pick up the passes at our office.

Rules and other details.

  • Each entrant can enter once and only once (we can verify this by ip AND cookies) and must use a valid first name and email address if they enter in comments below.
  • Contest begins when this post is published and ends on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 12 noon CST.
  • We will be doing the drawing regardless of how many people enter.
  • A winner will be chosen at random.  There will be 1 winner total.
  • By entering you are opting in to receive future newsletters and emails from PCBDaily and you are opening yourself up to the greatest resource for news and information Panama City Beach has to offer.
  • If you are selected and you do not respond to our email notifying you of winning 48 hours of the contest ending, then we reserve the right to either keep the prize for another giveaway in the future or award the prize to another entrant.
  • This giveaway is open to anyone in the continental United States.
  • We will not ship or mail the tickets, they must be picked up at our office listed below.
  • Our office address is 12118 Panama City Beach Parkway, Suite 10, Panama City Beach, FL  32407
  • Read full rules here.

Cruzin’ the Emerald Coast

Gather your friends and family for some fun November 10th-12th; hot rods, cruzers, classic cars and trucks, and more make their way to Panama City Beach!  Frank Brown Park (across from Pier Park) will be lined with over 3,000 classic and custom cars for this year’s Emerald Coast Cruzin’.  Among the cars lining the park will be vendors of car memorabilia, parts, ladies wear, a kids corner, and more.  There is sure to be something their for every car aficionado and their family members.

In addition to the car show, there will also be parades, concerts from T Graham Brown and TG Sheppard, and more- to ensure fun for everyone attending.  The best part?  100% of ticket sales go to The Boys and Girls Club of Bay County.   Cost for entry is $10.00 per person (including parking and auction), $25.00 for a 3 day pass, and children under 12 are free.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 10th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am-4:00pm: Vehicle Auction Registration at Frank Brown Park

5:30pm: Burn-out Competition at Hammerhead Fred’s

6:00pm: Live Entertainment from 345 Express at the Sandpiper Beacon Tiki Bar

Friday, November 11th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am-4:00pm: Vehicle Auction Registration at Frank Brown Park

4:30pm: Parade through Pier Park (beginning at Dillards and ending at Sharky’s)

5:30pm: Beach Blast Concert with Jimmy Dale, Bobby Parish, and The Cadillacs Band ($5.00 to registered participants)

Saturday, November 12th

8:00am-5:00pm: Vehicle Registration at Sharky’s

8:00am-5:00pm: Show and Shine at Frank Brown Park

9:00am: Vehicle Auction Begins at Frank Brown Park

4:00pm: Awards Announcement (must be present to win)

6:00pm: Lineup Show (Starts at 7pm) and Flame Throwing Contest at Pineapple Willies


Have fun enjoying these amazing classic cars and hot rods!


3 Reasons Emerald Coast Cruizin Rocked this Year

This year’s Emerald Coast Cruizin Event was a great as ever.  This weekend was full of interesting and beautiful cars and thousands of people out enjoying the shiny metal and wonderful weather.  I was talking to the event promoter this morning, and his head was still spinning from the whirlwind of activity over the weekend at Frank Brown Park.

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CNN Ranks Panama City in Top 5 Value Destinations for Winter Travel

In an article released by CNN Travel on November 2, Panama City Florida was ranked 1 in 5 destinations rated as a great value for winter travel.  Among exotic destinations such as Costa Rica and Peru, this publicity comes as a welcome treat after a summer of media batterings from the oil spill threat.  This article is consistent with what many have known to be true about our area for years, decades even – we have amongst the perfect winter vacation spot.  Mild weather, clear blue skies, and amazingly beautiful and emerald green waters framed by pristine, white sandy beaches make Panama City Beach a quaint, ideal vacation spot for winter travelers.

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Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay

This weekend is going to be one of the best weekends in Panama City Beach. Clint Black will be playing a free concert at Taste of the Bay. Wine and food lovers will be coming to Pier Park to partake in Taste of the Bay. Triathletes from all over will be participating in the Ironman Triathlon this weekend. And for the local philanthropist there is a comedy show supporting Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Kaleidoscope Theatre. Continue reading “Weekend Events – Clint Black at Taste of the Bay”

Emerald Coast Cruizin's Expectin 4,000 Cars, Perfect Weather PICTURES

After a lousy three days, this morning awoke with a perfectly deep blue sky speckled with cute, fluffy white clouds and the sound of chunky V-8’s rumbling down Back Beach Road on their way to register for this weekends Emerald Coast Cruizin Classic Car Show.  Held in Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach, this is the fifth year that Emerald Coast Cruizin has come to our beach, and myself as well has thousands from all over the Southeast United States are glad to have perfect weather on the forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Continue reading “Emerald Coast Cruizin's Expectin 4,000 Cars, Perfect Weather PICTURES”

Bed Tax Collector's Office to Get 2 More Full-Timers

Today’s TDC meeting resulted in the Bay County Clerk receiving approval for increased funding to pay for 2 additional full time staff to help in the collection efforts of the Bed Tax.  Currently there is one full time person dedicated to this effort.  Recently there has been much debate on whether to increase the bed tax from 4 to 5 cents with the increase from 3 to 4 cents being passed just four weeks ago.

One of the huge debates was based on the current collection methods of the bed tax and how revenues could be substantially increased if collection methods were made more efficient and work was done to see who wasn’t paying.  Bill Kinsaul, Clerk of the Courts, this morning stated that this effort was just too large for one person, but with the addition of two others full time that they could dedicate man-power to spend time “in the field” doing audits and investigating those not paying.

Also, with the increased funding they will make software improvements that will allow them better reporting, analytics and overall data streamlining.  The current funding was 2% of the 3 cents levied and it was increased to 3% or the 4 cents levied.

Emerald Coast Cruizin reported on the success of their event noting that 3,009 vehicles registered for the show this year.  This number is 748 more than last year (2007) or an astounding 33% increase.  In 2005, when this event first started, 535 cars registered indicating a tremendous growth and popularity.  This is a family-friendly event that brings people from all over the place and provides a clean environment to bring the kids, be outside and have a great time.   I brought my boys this past year and they loved walking arond and looking at all the cars.

Dually impressive was the show tickets bought; 6,742 tickets were sold.  When combining the number of attendees through ticket sales and attendance by registrants (averaging 2 per car) the total event attendance rang in at 12,760 people over the whole week.

Alabama was the largest feeder state at 581 registrants with Louisiana, then Georgia and Mississippi coming in next at 542, 391, 371, respectively.

Now, if I can say something, coming from Jason and not Panama City Beach, PCBDaily, or whatever other hat I may wear:  We need to support this event.  Whether it be through giving them more money from the CVB, local businesses buying ads and contributing sponsorship dollars or what, we have to come together as a community on this.  This is one of the only family events that you can bring the kids, have some festival food and walk around in the beautiful November weather Panama City Beach is so well known for.  Plus, it is cheap.  I had the unique opportunity to play a small role in this event this past year and witnessed local businesses shying away from any type of monetary support stating that they would see the business from this event anyway, why should they pay for an ad or sponsorship at some nominal level.  That’s just ridiculous.  Why wouldn’t you support something like this if you are given the chance.  You wouldn’t work for free, would you?  Well, that’s what the Parishes have been doing.  In fact, it cost them money to put on the event – out of their own pocket!  Next year, do the right thing and support this event. I’ll get off my soapbox now.

The Visual Arts Center will be hosting an exhibit titled Norman Rockwell’s America this summer from 6/12/09 to 8/9/09 (8 weeks).  Norman Rockwell’s art was often critisized in its time for portraying an America that was in essence a fairy tale, in that the scenes that he painted were not realistic or could not really be found in America.  Well, artist (please forgive me, I didn’t get his name!) noticed in many of his photographs that he was indeed capturing America as Norman Rockwell saw it.  The exhibit this summer will feature his work, which are modern day interpretations of popular peices from Norman Rockwell.  And, the real treat is that they will be right next to the original Rockwell peices that they are interpretted from.  Many of these peices have never been on loan out from their owners for public viewing.  I personally think this is a huge addition to what our summer visitors can do while they are here, and I was a little dissappointed in the level of support that the TDC showed.

Susan Estler and Dan Rowe underscored their emphasis on family spring break in the spring break marketing efforts and made mention of a few national media plugs discussing this point, including an AP article written and an upcoming interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  I’m very interested to see the outcome as we are just weeks away before the spring break gates flood open.

Cruizin Hot Rods Roaring Through Panama City Beach

The monster motors are loud, very loud.  The 25 inch slicks on the back barely grip the pavement under the strain of 500 horses of power under some of the hoods of Panama City Beach’s visitors this weekend.

Robert “Rakes” Parish said that we’ll see over 3000 cars at the Emerald Coast Cruizin Classic Car Show tomorrow.  “You won’t be able to move, there will be cars lined up with only five feet apart filling up this entire field,” said Tommy with TCG Productions, the sound and light manager on site this weekend.

“We have people from all over, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Illinois, everywhere to come to this show,” said Parish, “people come from all over to show off their hot rods.”

The hot rods are everywhere, and their owners, typically middle aged consumers with good incomes are filling up our condos, hotels and restaurants.  They are driving money into our economy during one of the slowest weekends of the year, and notably one of the most beautiful.

Many of these cars have 10’s of thousands of dollars invested in them with everything from custom engines, custom body work, to fully restored classics.

“Last year was a huge success with over 50 cars that sold at auction,” said Rap Peavy, owner of Big Boys Toys on Thomas Drive, across from the Navy Base, “this year, as of right now, we have over 80 cars registered.  We expect more to show up tomorrow.”

Show activities around the beach have been going on all week with tomorrow to be the huge show.  The gates open early in the morning and the action will be taking place all day.

I’ll be out there, be sure to say high if you see me.  This is a great event, and great for our area.  Local businesses, be sure to support this event, we need stuff like this to make it through our shoulder seasons.

See ya at the show!