Moto-Stunt Team at Thunder Beach – Kyle and Cody Ives VIDEO

This weekend, mini-celebrities Kyle and Cody Ives were at Frank Brown Park showing off their skills flying their freestyle motorcross bikes 35 feet in the air over a 65 foot gap.  Kyle and Cody’s family was recently on Wife Swap and will be featured on a reality TV show that will be aired on Cartoon Network next fall.

Cody, 16 has been riding since he was a kid and his brother, 15 has been riding since he was 3.

Thunder Beach Still Has Some Lightning

thunderbeach053The weeks leading up to Thunder Beach weekend I listened to and was inadvertently absorbed into spirited debates about the chromed-out 3 day event. Some people love it, waxed their bikes, strapped on the chaps and venue-hopped all weekend. Others loathed it, cursed it from their cars as group rides roared by them and spent the weekend avoiding the outdoors. It is, like Spring Break, a very polarizing event to say the least.

But as I attended a venue at Frank Brown Park, the air smelling of BBQ pork and exhaust pipe, chrome glinting in the sun, I found myself siding with the bikers and the pro-Thunder Beach gang. Yes, the event brings money to Panama City Beach and economically covers a seasonal dip in our tourism, but none of those things swayed me. There were a few things I noticed at Frank Brown. First, I noticed some of the most hardcore bikers, men that looked like they ate meat raw, as giddy as teenagers. Leather clad folks walked the Frank Brown Park grounds in high-spirits; no screaming and no fighting, just bike lovers enjoying bikes. I also noticed an atypical sense of camaraderie. Strangers sat together to discuss engine types, drifters perused vendor stations asking questions and buying merchandise. None of this seemed remotely “spring-break-ish” to me.

But what I found the most astonishing was the cleanliness. There was little trash anywhere; the place was virtually spotless. On our beach this weekend we endured thousands of bikers, hundreds of thousands of cases of beer and water bottles but I challenge you to show me a parking lot that looked anything like the post-Lil Wayne concert landfill. I scratched my head and wondered, other than the noise, what’s makes some Panama City Beach residents loathe thunder beach? The answer didn’t come to me until I ventured over to Pier Park to watch the Harley Davidson Drill Team.

thunderbeach088Pier Park was packed with people all over the place; the venue really seemed to have a lot going on. After the drill team’s awesome bike safety show, I walked over to the bike showcase to get a sense of the crowd, which, different than the Frank Brown park crowd, consisted mostly of families. By the dozens, babies in strollers gawked at bikes along with their parents, fathers, with proud arms draped around their sons, used the venue to teach their boys about the artistry behind bike design.

Watching the crowds, I thought, this is what Thunder Beach is supposed to be. But then, while I snapped shots of antique roadsters, a woman walked up wearing a bikini that covered the bare minimum of her triple X parts. Mind you, this all happened 5 steps from a carousel filled with children. Families pulled their kids away and the mood, which had been a mellow excitement, mutated into something far less wholesome. At that moment I realized what all the fuss was about.

Thunder Beach has two very distinct personalities. For the majority of the Thunder Beach crowd it’s all about good clean fun. But for every 25 fun-loving bikers, there’s 1 who will make all the others look bad–real bad. Throughout the week I saw things like the Kevin Kight memorial parade where 1,000 riders paid tribute to one of our city’s fallen heroes. I followed the Thunder Beach tweets which boasted updates about the real fun being had all over the beach. At the same time, I listened to stories from residents whose babies were thrown out of sleep by a bike tearing through a residential street and a mother in a kid-stuffed mini-van being berated with profanities for a simple merging mistake (Sorry Ash). If you don’t believe me you should read some of the comments on my last Thunder Beach post. Both sides have valid arguments, but what’s the solution?

Truly, there is no solution, but perhaps there is a middle ground. Frankly, I thought this year was one of the best the city has experienced. Droves of people and business hit Panama City Beach during a seasonal tourism drought. Most venues were classy, exciting and people really had an awesome time. I wouldn’t change anything about how well Thunder Beach Productions and other private organizers handled a very successful event. Not everyone’s experience with the event was as good as mine and for the people of our city to welcome bikers, compromises have to be made. Here are a few ideas I thought up.

1. Tighten up the venues. There was so much going on so many different places all over the beach that can cause an inconvenience. Acknowledging how important it is to involve business as well as provide bikers a chance to “ride” from place to place, one less venue could mean even better organization.

2. Restrict residential streets. I don’t want to go all “Myrtle” on the bikers because they are welcomed here, but certain residential roads shouldn’t have to endure bikers at 2am. I don’t know how or if this is even possible, but it should be considered.

3.Post safety and warning signs. Sometimes people just don’t know what you stand for or don’t condone if you don’t tell them. Post signs during the weekend to ask bikers to be have fun, be safe and show courtesy. “Be Nice…I’m Local” should do the trick.

In the end, I have to say kudos to everyone involved in a great event. The stunt bikes at Frank Brown Park were amazing and the bands, oh the bands, tore stages up all over the beach. Although, I believe the bickering between residents and Thunder Beach is ongoing, one thing is for sure, whether you love it or hate it, they put on one heck of a show. Huge shout out to Corky over at Thunder Beach Productions, great job and thanks for everything.

I’m curious to hear what ideas other people have come up with. What are your Thunder Beach experiences and would you change anything about it? Post your comments here.

Be sure to check out our Thunder Beach Videos at YouTube.com/pcbdaily

The Thunder Rolls: Thunder Beach Schedule

img_7064Thunder beach weekend has arrived on Panama City Beach. Already the streets are lined with amazing bikes, the venues packed with vendors and leather-clad customers and all over the beach the excitement is palpable. This is the weekend to get out and enjoy the scene. On stages at seven different venues artists are performing live music, free bike demos are available and X-game-style bike stunts are blowing people away. Thunder Beach Productions has put together a weekend that should keep the thunder rolling. Here is a list of the weekend’s events.

Boardwalk Beach Resort
9400 South Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida 32407
Thursday September 30, 2008

Friday : May 1, 2009
Location:
Boardwalk Beach Resort
Time:
9am ? until Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
1pm “Sizzle” ? Lingerie Show
1pm Full Throttle Magazine’s Freaky at The Tiki Party
4pm “Show Me Your Tat?s” ? Tattoo Contest
6pm Miss Thunder Beach Pageant Finale
6pm to 9pm Live Entertainment GRIP

Saturday May 2, 2009
Location:
Boardwalk Beach Resort
Time:
9am ? until Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
1pm “Sizzle” ? Lingerie Show
1pm-5pm Live Entertainment Drew Tilman Acoustic
1pm Butt?s And Bellies – Male Fashion Show
4pm “Show Me Your Tat?s” ? Tattoo Contest
6pm to 9pm Live Entertainment Kathy Jo & The Bluzification Band

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location:
Boardwalk Beach Resort
Time:
9am ? until Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business

The Shoppes at Edgewater
513 Beckrich Road
Panama City Beach, FL

Saturday May 2, 2009
Location:
The Shoppes at Edgewater
Time:
9am ? til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-2pm Live music with Holdcell
3pm-6pm Live music with Rebel Syndicate
7pm-11pm Live music with The Drew Tilman Band

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location:
The Shoppes at Edgewater
Time:
9am ? til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business

Club La Vela
8813 Thomas Drive
Panama City Beach, Florida
32408

Thursday : April 30, 2009
Location:
Club La Vela
Time:
9am-til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-2pm Live music with TBA
2pm -5pm Live music with Rebel Syndicate
5pm-8pm Live music with ODIS

Friday : May 1, 2009
Location:
Club La Vela
Time:
9am-til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-2pm Live music with Kelly Hundly & The Healers
2pm -5pm Live music with Rebel Syndicate
5pm-8pm Live music with Holdcell

Saturday : May 2, 2009
Location:
Club La Vela
Time:
9am-til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-2pm Live music with Newfangled Theory
2pm -5pm Live music with ODIS
5pm-8pm Live music with King Cotton

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location:
Club La Vela
Time:
9am ? til Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business

Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant & Bar
15201 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413

Wednesday: April 29,2009
Location:
Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Time:
6pm ? 8pm $2.50 Drinks & Drafts All Brands
8pm – 1am Kickass Karaoke

Thursday : April 30, 2009
Location:
Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-til Food & Bar ? Burgers, BBQ & $2 Beer
12pm-6pm Bikini Bike Wash Sexy Suds & Shine
4pm-6pm Hawg Happy Hour
8pm – 12am Live Entertainement with TBA
12am Bodacious Biker Babe Contest

Friday : May 1, 2009
Location:
Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-til Food & Bar ? Burgers, BBQ & $2 Beer
12pm-6pm Bikini Bike Wash Sexy Suds & Shine
4pm-6pm Hawg Happy Hour
8pm – 12am Live Entertainement with TBA
12am Bodacious Biker Babe Contest

Saturday May 2, 2009
Location:
Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
11am-til Food & Bar ? Burgers, BBQ & $2 Beer
12pm-6pm Bikini Bike Wash Sexy Suds & Shine
4pm-6pm Hawg Happy Hour
8pm – 12am Live Entertainement with TBA
12am Bodacious Biker Babe Contest

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location:
Sharky’s Beach Front Restaurant & Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Schedule Coming Soon!

Pier Park
600 Pier Park Drive
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Thursday : April 30, 2009
Location: Pier Park
Time:
10am-til Demo Rides with Yamaha, Boss Hoss & CF Moto

Friday : May 1, 2009
Location:
Pier Park
Time:
10am-til Demo Rides with Yamaha, Boss Hoss & CF Moto

Saturday May 2, 2009
Location:
Pier Park
Time:
10am-til Demo Rides with Yamaha, Boss Hoss & CF Moto
11am-til USRider News Best of The Beach Custom Bike Show

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location:
Pier Park
Time:

Frank Brown Park
16200 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

***Demos and X-Game Stunts
Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort
17403 Front Beach Rd,
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Monday April 27, 2009
Location:Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
8pm ? til Live music with GENEVA

Tuesday April 28, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
8pm Live music with MUSTANG SALLY

Wednesday: April 29, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
7pm Thunder Beach Kick Off Party
7pm Free Body Painting in the Tiki Bar
8pm Live music with MUSTANG SALLY
9pm Beachside Fireworks Display

Thursday : April 30, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
7pm-til Free Body Painting in the Tiki Bar
8 pm Live music with MUSTANG SALLY

Friday : May 1, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
3pmam Live music with GENEVA
7pm-til Free Body Painting in the Tiki Bar
8 pm Live music with ELI

Saturday May 2, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
3pmam Live music with GENEVA
7pm-til Free Body Painting in the Tiki Bar
8 pm Live music with ELI

Sunday : May 3, 2009
Location: Sandpiper Beacon & The World Famous Tiki Bar
Time:
11am Vendors & Exhibitors Open for Business
2pm TO BE ANNOUNCED

Rock’it Lanes
Shoppes at Edgewater
513 Beckrich Rd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

***Vendors and Music

Recap: Gulf Coast Horse Show

horseshow54This weekend’s 11th annual Gulf Coast Horse Show & Music Festival at Frank Brown Park on Panama City Beach proved again, even with fewer in attendance than recent years, to be a successful and classy event. Lots of people came out to enjoy the beautiful horses, talented riders and exciting carnival-style fun.

Tennessee Walkers and perfect weather had fans cheering on their favorites horses and riders. Delicious food, varying from freshly-fried seafood to corn-on-the-cob filled the air with festive scents while “Legends of The Beach” gave everyone a taste of “Carolina Beach Music.” But, truly, the people at Frank Brown Park came out to see the horses. Personally, I’d never experienced a horse show, but after spending Friday and Saturday at Frank Brown came out a fan.

The show was complete with stunt riders,Tennessee walkers and Missouri Fox Trotters. Riders were scored on all sorts of criteria involving things like the body movements of rider and tempo of the rider’s mounts. It was difficult for me to imagine scoring when all the horses and riders looked  perfect. Scoring or not, it was a spectacular show that raised money for charitable causes, particularly, Anchorage Children’s Home, Hospice of The Emerald Coast, Gulf Coast Community College, & Habitat for Humanity. The next six years of the event have already been scheduled. So, if you didn’t attend this year, we expect you next year, April 21-24, 2010.

A few of notable Thursday blue ribbons were Ginger Simpson, from Alabama, won the western light shod specialty and Sister Milligan, a Panama City Beach resident, won the ride for amateur stallions, 15.2 hands and under, specialty. Below is a list of Friday and Saturday results.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25

Country Pleasure:

1) A Thrill a Minute, Kim Lewis, Jim Leek

2) Masq Mayhem, Laurie Hudspeth, Laurie Hudspeth

3) Uptown Bandit, Connie McAdams, Preston & Kate Kelley

4) Soliderity’s Gold, Presley Janes, Fount & Lydia Darnell

5) Scratch My Back, Laurale Lowery, Charla Hurley & Libby Bond

6) Dangerous Gold Threat, Mardi Balloch, Balloch Mardi

Model Class:

1) Trigger Treat, Jeff Givens, JoAnn Dowell

2) Perfect Cut Jewel, Amanda Winters, Holly Thrasher

3) Arm’s Scarlett O’Hara, Robert Nelms, Jeff Laughlin

All in the Family (Pro or Am)

1) She’s Armed with Poison, Erica Derickson & Thomas Derickson, Thomas Derickson

2) Pushin Dollars & Cents, Tam Brodgon & Channing Combs, Ben & Lynda Brodgon

Amateur 4 Yr Old Stallion, Specialty

1) 9 Yard Blitz, Laura Cochran, Tim & Laura Cochran

2) I’m Joe Friday, Ed Breedlove, Keith Breedlove

3) Smokin Hot Charge, Fancee Spence, Mark Taylor Family

Mares or Geldings, 15.2 & Under, 5 Yr Old & Over, Canter

1) Mama’s Almight Dollar, Mickey McCormick, Katie Esters

2) I’m Dangerous with Cash, Justin Harris, Richard & Gail Greere

Speed Racking Open

1) Greased Lighting, Maghan Snow, Eddie Snow

2) Gaitway, Amy Rothe, Ralph Wood

3) Stomper, Eddie Snow, Eddie Snow

Ladies Amateur, Specialty

1) Bold Venegance, Heather Beard, Judy McDonald

2) C-Me Push, Sister Milligan, Sister Milligan

3) Jose’s Emblem, Whitney Breedlove, Barry Breedlove

4) Miss Professor’s Generator, Lydia Darnell, Dave King

5) Lucky Sadie, Frieda Widner, Scotty & Freida Widner

Amateur Owned & Trained, Specialty

1) Jazz Eclipse, Justin Harney, Harney Construction LLC

2) Your Wish Is My Command, LaRue McWaters, LaRue & Ann McWaters

3 Yr Old Stallions

1) On Maximum Security, Charlie Green, Walkabout Farm

2) Doing Life, Justin Harris, Walker Walking Horses

WHOA Youth Challenge

1) Showboat’s Silk, Alex Way, Showboat Production LLC

Amateur Show Pleasure, Specialty

1) Godfather By Ultra Copy, Alie Napier, Dr. Morna Conway

2) Sundrops Legion, LaRue McWaters, LaRue & Ann McWaters

3) Super Willy, Belinda Garzarek, Blenda Garzarek & Lisa Hall

3) Jose’s Sweet Pepper, Ashley Adcock, The Stables at Alphaplace

Lite Shod, Championship, Canter

1) Prime Fashion, Ginger Simpson, Tumbleweed Ranch Kim & George Lewis /Simpson

Amateur 5 Yr. Old & Over, Canter

1) Jose Grande, Gail Walling, Judy McDonald

2) Watch for Glory, Erica Derickson, Erica & Maria Derickson

3) Ebony’s Threat Prince, Tristan Wagner, Tristan Wagner

4) Let Go and Push, Scotty Widner, Scotty & Freida Widner

Amateur Specialty, Riders 50 Yrs & Over

1) Perfect Pattern, Mona Vice, Mona Vice

2) The Dangerous Commander, Sister Milligan, Tommy & Sister Milligan

Trail Pleasure 2 Gaits, Trail Walk, Eng. or West Attire

1) I’m Benny Too, Tim Brooks, Tim & Terry Brooks

2) Digging 4 Dollars, Allison Oliver, Oliver & Simpson

3) Aesop, Kristi Payne, Kristi Payne

4) Beams Generator Rye Whiskey, Connie McAdams, Preston & Kate Kelley

5) Fine As Wine, Svanah Martin, Joyce Patterson & Svanah Martin

Amateur 2 Yr. Old Mares or Geldings

1) We’re Ebony & Ivory, Dr. Lynda Brodgon, Ben & Lynda Brodgon

2) Beam Me Up Jose, Ginger Williams, Ginger Williams

Amateur 2 Yr. Old Stallions

1) Man of Stone, Ed Breedlove, Alan & Lorie Riddley

2) A Supreme Justice, Alex Way, Double B Farms

3) Designed by a Specialist, Alie Napier, Jimmy Reece

Groom’s Class

1) She’s Out on Parole, Anton Bowen, James Carlew

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SATURDAY, APRIL 26 (Final Results)

Stick Horse Class – Best Stick – Best Costume

Black Diamond Ritz, Bryleigh Gray, Ralph Wood

Bocephus, Cheyenne Vickers, Ralph Wood

Gator, Madison Vickers, Ralph Wood

John Deere, Will Neeley, Will Neeley

Pink-a-lecious, Drew Hampson, Drew Hampson

Purp-a-Lecious, Tyler Hampson, Tyler Hampson

Sally, Riley Greggory, Riley Greggory

Sparkly, Elaina Fisher, Elaina Fisher

General, Katy Marie Fisher, Katy Marie Fisher

Yearlings Studs

1) Out for Parole, Keith Reed, Allen Curtis

2) Connie Mack, Rollie Beard, Hurley & Akridge

3) Five Star Gunn, Robert Nelms, Dr. Morna Conway

4) A Yardstick, Roger Richards, Bobby & Freda Jones

5) My Final Decision, Mandie McFay, Chad & Mandie McFay

Yearlings Filly’s

1) My Cowgirl Dale Evans, Roger Richards Jr., Roger Richards

2) Raw Silk, Robert Nelms, Carol Hargett

Weanlings Open

1) America’s Major Debit, Robert Nelms, Vicki Penick

WHTA Amateur Mares or Geldings, Specialty, Riders 12-17

1) Mama’s Almight Dollar, Katie Esters, Katie Esters

2) Showboat’s Silk, Alex Way, Showboat Production LLC

3) Pushin Dollars & Cents, Channing Combs, Ben & Lynda Brodgon

4) Ebony’s Threat Prince, Tristan Wagner, Tristan Wagner

Park Pleasure – Open

1) Cashing in at the Ritz, Betty Laughlin, Betty Laughlin

2) Jazzin Papa, Grandy Tuck Sr., Rufus Dale

3) Sunfires Pheonix, Ginger Simpson, Dr. Morna Conway

Mares or Geldings, 15.2 & Over, 5 Yrs. Old & Over, Canter

1) Ms. Jose Walks, Charlie Green, Sister Milligan

Open Pleasure

1) Digging 4 Dollars, Allison Oliver, Oliver & Simpson

2) Showboat’s Duramax, Jeff King, Jeff King

3) Jest Tuff E Nuff, Tori Blankenship, Tori Blankenship

4) Prairie Goldust, Betty Tricarico, Betty Tricarico

5) TrixieTrax, Cathy Warren, Cathy Warren

6) Winchester’s Iron Man, Tori Tanner, Tori Tanner

7) PS Just a Jester’s Jewel, Linda Paschal, Linda & Terry Paschal

7) Tradition’s Golden, John Brandreth, John Brandreth

WHTA Amateur Mare or Geldings, Specialty, Riders 11 Yrs & Under

1) She’s Armed with Poison, Thomas Derickson, Thomas Derickson

2) Moonstruck Dollar, Reilly Miller, Brenda Little

2 Yr Old Championship

1) Chrome Dollar, Charlie Green, Ben & Lynda Brodgon

2) He’s Ritz N Cash, Sammy Day, Suzie Harmon

Open Spotted Saddle Horse Specialty

1) Battle’s Top Gun, Ginger Williams, Ginger Williams

2) Seminole’s Gusty Wind, Laurie Hudspeth, Laurie Hudspeth

Missouri Fox Trotters, Mares 3 Yrs. Old & Over, No Canter

1) Blackberry Brandy, Jane Goble, Jane Goble

2) PS Just a Jester’s Jewel, Linda Paschal, Linda & Terry Paschal

3) Prairie Goldust, Betty Tricarico, Betty Tricarico

4) TrixieTrax, Cathy Warren, Cathy Warren

5) Tradition’s Golden, John Brandreth, John Brandreth

6) Sundust’s Princess, Tori Blankenship, Tori Blankenship

7) Jester’s Princess, Helen King, Helen King

8) Redrock’s Amber Rose, Ira Rashkin, Ira Rashkin

Amateur Show Pleasure, Specialty, Championship

1) Godfather By Ultra Copy, Ginger Simpson, Dr. Morna Conway

Open, Specialty

1) Ice Hot, Sister Milligan, Sister Milligan

Amateur Ponies, 60″ & Under, Specialty, Rider 17 Yrs & Under (W.H.T.A.; Youth Council, Appl. Avail)

1) Silver Design, Alex Way, S.D. Partners

2) Watch for Glory, Thomas Derickson, Erica & Maria Derickson

MO. Fox Trotters, 3 Yrs Old & Over, No Canter (Studs & Geldings)

1) Lady’s Prince, Gary Shapiro, Gary Shapiro

2) Amtrax, Bud Blankenship, Nancy Atkinson

3) Jest Tuff E Nuff, Tori Blankenship, Tori Blankenship

4) The Kanses Kowboy, Dr. John Brandreth, John Brandreth

5) Ace’s Wild Card, Leslie Emery, Leslie Emery

6) Winchester’s Iron Man, Tori Tanner, Tori Tanner

6) Pride’s Blaze of Glory, Suzette Rashkin, Suzette Rashkin

Speed Racking Flat Shod Class

1) Gaitway, Amy Rothe, Ralph Wood

2) Greased Lighting, Maghan Snow, Eddie Snow

3) Stomper, Eddie Snow, Eddie Snow

Amateur 3 Yr. Old Championship

1) Crush, Whitney Breedlove, Blake Breedlove

2) A Moving Violation, Ginger Williams, Ginger Williams

Field Trial Tack & Attire

1) Masq Mayhem, Angie Bell, Laurie Hudspeth

2) Pushin True Colors, Belinda Garzarek, Belinda & Roy Garzarek

3) Soliderity’s Gold, Presley Janes, Fount & Lydia Darnell

4) Striker’s Firey Match, Laurie Hudspeth, Laurie Hudspeth

5) 88, Alex Way, Sister Milligan

6) Linebacker, Winston Way, Sister Milligan

Pro-Am Specialty (Am 1st Way, Pro 2nd Way)

1) Jose Grande, Gail Walling & Buddy Dick, Judy McDonald

2) I’m Joe Friday, Ed Breedlove & Brad Beard, Keith Breedlove

3) 9 Yard of Major Trouble, Nora Alexander & Mickey McCormick, Harbert & Nora Alexander

4) I’m Street Legal, Laura Lester & Andy Simpson, Gary Lester Family

5) A. Seabiscuit, Stacy Terry & Joey Tackett, Danny Terry

Amateur 4 Yr Old Specialty Championship

1) Getting’ Out on Parole, Gail Walling, McDonald & Walling

2) 9 Yard Blitz, Laura Cochran, Tim & Laura Cochran

3) Head of the Line, Drake Reynolds, Drake Reynolds

Mo. Fox Trotters Stake, No Canter

1) Blackberry Brandy, Jane Goble, Jane Goble

2) Lady’s Prince, Gary Shapiro, Gary Shapiro

3) Amtrax, Bud Blankenship, Nancy Atkinson

4) TrixieTrax, Cathy Warren, Cathy Warren

5) Jest Tuff E Nuff, Tori Blankenship, Tori Blankenship

6) Prarie Goldust, Betty Tricarico, Betty Tricarico

7) Winchester’s Iron Man, Tori Tanner, Tori Tanner

8) PS Just a Jester’s Jewel, Linda Paschal, Linda & Terry Paschal

8) Jester’s Princess, Helen King, Helen King

8) Showboat’s Duramax, Jeff King, Jeff King

8) Ace’s Wild Card, Leslie Emery, Leslie Emery

8) The Kanses Kowboy, Dr. John Brandreth, John Brandreth

Young Trainers

1) An American Outlaw, Sam McLaughlin, Jan Wagaman

Amateur Specialty Championship

1) Don Julio, Alie Napier, Tim Napier Family

2) C – Me Push, Sister Milligan, Sister Milligan

3) The Willhamina, Mona Vice, Mona Vice

Walking Horse Championship, Open

1) Lined Walkin, Justin Harris, Joey Tidwell

2) Ms. Jose Walks, Charlie Green, Sister Milligan

3) Another RPM, Rob Brainard, Larry Grissom

4) Steal Justice, Jack Way, S.J. Parnters / Ellison & Beard

Youth Fishing and Free Hot Dogs

This Saturday, April 25th from 10 am until 1pm, the city of PCB Parks and Recreations department will host a youth fishing rodeo. Kids under 16 are invited to come out and enjoy the weather, the park and the fishing. There will be free hot dogs and giveaways. The Fish Florida Foundation will be providing free rods and tackle boxes  to participants to help promote responsible fishing practices. This event is open and free to the public.

Frank Brown Park is located at 16200 Panama City Beach Pkwy Panama City Bch, FL 32413

For more information call (850) 233-5045

Thunder Beach Will Be Huge. Thanks Myrtle Beach

2890942751_ccc7337011If you’ve been aching to don that new leather vest and harness boots, ache no more. On April 30th Panama City Beach shall rumble, heralding the return of the Thunder Beach Spring Rally. From end to end, families, riders, celebrities, artists and some of the most spectacular bikes in the world will cover the beach.

Regarded by many as the “most biker friendly free rally in the United States”, the Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is always a big event. But this year’s event may be the best and biggest Panama City Beach has ever experienced and Myrtle Beach may have a lot to do with it.

As many of you know, Myrtle Beach is Panama City Beach’s largest competition when it comes to bikers and rallies. But by the looks of recent law changes, they might be getting out of the business. Recently, a 3 million dollar property tax increase was passed in Myrtle Beach to fund anti-rally efforts. That’s not the half of it. Myrtle Beach has also added new laws declaring unpermitted rallies and events to be public nuisances, created a midnight curfew, closed bars at 2 am, required all motorcyclists to wear helmets (not a requirement under state law), towing and impounding all motorcycles that do not meet noise standards, checkpoints where motorcycles will be monitored for noise, and traffic diversion such as barriers and closed streets. So what does all this mean? Basically, it means a bigger rally for Panama City Beach, and I’m sure the local businesses will take it.

“We’re definitely expecting huge turnout this year.” Says Corky McCollum, A Thunder Beach Productions coordinator. “We’ve got bigger events, more venues and the total numbers of vendors have increased considerably.”

The schedule for bike week is substantial and the venues cover the entire beach. The list of venues include, Shoppes at Edgewater, Club La Vela, Sandpiper Beacon, Boardwalk Beach Resort, Sharky’s, Pier Park, Rockit Lanes and Frank Brown Park.

And the events this year are family-friendly. There will be demos all over the beach particularly the Harley Davidson Drill Team at Pier Park. They’ll be teaching and doing all sorts of stunts. If that doesn’t make you want to jump into your chaps, at Club La Vela, Speed Channel’s Jay Barbieri, host of American Thunder, will be hosting a televised “Build Off” allowing two bikers to pick any parts from their accessory demo rig to amp-up their bikes. Suckerpunch Sally, an old-school bike manufacturer will be giving away one of its beautiful custom bikes during a VIP party at Ebro Greyhound Park. At Frank Brown Park X-game enthusiasts can witness firsthand the amazing jumps seen on television as stunt bikers hit ramps and the “Ball of Death”. Live bands will be playing at all the venues. Everyone is welcome to come out to enjoy the events and, if nothing else, gawk at some amazing bikes.

Without doubt, the Thunder Beach Spring Rally is expected to be a success. So I guess, if things go as planned, we should all head to Hallmark, get a nice big thank you card and send it to Myrtle Beach. I’ll be the first to sign it.

Miracle League Field to be Complete by Tomorrow

As workers methodically and swiftly lay down the hexagonal rubber-pellet blocks the painting crews were preparing to paint the in-field of  the new Miracle League Baseball Diamond at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.  The field is expected to be complete by the end of the day tomorrow.

The field has been under construction for a few months now with the asphalt paving having gone down about 30 days ago.  Late last week crews began putting down the rubber blocks, one piece at a time.  The entire field is comprised of 30,000 blocks covering 15,000 square feet.  The pavers are made of recycled rubber from tires and other disposed rubber products.  The garbage rubber is ground into small pellets, cleaned and compressed into a form and held together by an environmentally friendly bond.

Every ten feet, a row is glued down to prevent shifting, but all the others are free floating so as to ease repair or replacement over the years.  “We guarantee our surfaces for 5 years, but we have some that are 10 year old that still look fine,” said Jose Rodriguez, Director of Sales and Business Development for Sofscape, the company that is installing the field.  “In five years, if the paint begins to fade, you just repaint it and you have a new field.”

As of this post, they had the template forms down for painting the infield.  When complete, it will look like a regular baseball diamond with the bases painted on.  The entire surface will be flat so as to allow kids in wheelchairs to be able to roll around the bases.  If the wind stays down like it was when I was up there, they’ll paint this morning.

As I was leaving, I was talking to Jeanie Quave, the Broker at Edgewater Beach Realty, and we were discussing all the great memories this field will be home to.  Many kids will have an opportunity here that they did not have before, and the new field will be home to many great memories for these kids and their families for the rest of their lives.  I think it is great the positive impact that this will have on the community, and I commend all those that were involved in making this happen.

On a side note, Jeanie was saying that they still need someone to donate a flag pole and flag, so if there is anyone that is willing and able to do so, please help.

Seafood, Wine & Music Festival Preliminary Schedule Announced

seafoodwineIt’s never too early to make plans for the Panama City Beach’s Seafood, Wine & Music Festival. If you don’t know much about the event, the SWM Festival is a weekend packed with entertainment, excitement and the best food on the coast prepared by the best chefs in the business. Here is the preliminary schedule.

*TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Friday October 9 – 4pm-11pm
Julianne Hough & John Anderson LIVE

Saturday October 10 – 11a-11pm
Mystery Artist to be announced June 19th

Sunday October 11 – 11am-6pm
Grand Funk Railroad LIVE

More Happenings:

FAMILY FUN DAYS 11A-3PM SAT & SUN
including: gymnastics shows, family yoga, hands on art, 10+ bouncers, balloon art, family activities, clowns, stilt walkers and more

GRAND WINE TASTINGS EACH DAY
Wine and beer available all day and night.

CELEBRITY CHEF EXHIBITIONS 3P-6P DAILY
Watch local chefs prepare their signature dishes on the exhibition kitchen built on site. Free recipe cards

CLASSIC CAR SHOW
NON-STOP LIVE MUSIC FROM OPEN-CLOSE
INCLUDING: JAZZ, ROCK, COUNTRY, REGGAE & MORE

Tickets for the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival are on sale now. When you purchase your tickets early online use the special promo code FRIEND to save an additional $2 off all adult General Admission tickets. This special discount is available for a limited time only.

To buy your ticket click here.

Horses, Beach & Food…Oh My!

pcb_horse_showThe 11th annual Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show and Music Festival returns to Panama City Beach April 22-25th at Frank Brown Park. If you read the title and thought “why go to the beach for horses?” you may not realize what you’d be missing. This isn’t your typical equestrian event. The Horse Show is an entertainment extravaganza complete with good music, clowns, door prizes, children’s amusement rides, artwork and outstanding food – it may be the perfect reason to take the kids to Frank Brown and have a ball.

General admission is $12.00 and children under 6 get in free.

Here’s what to expect:

“The entertainment for 2009 is “LEGENDS OF THE BEACH” (Formerly The Embers) Friday and Saturday after the show, “ENTICE”, from Nashville, TN Thursday after the show, and “THE RHYTHM ALLSTARS”(with 3 songs topping the charts in Europe) Wednesday after the show, and the “Ivey Brothers” and “Royce Reagan”, will be back by popular demand before the show. Specialty Acts are the “Wild Thang” which is monkeys riding the Border Collies herding sheep, and Blake Goode roman riding a pair of Brahma Bulls weighing in at over 2000 lbs a piece… jumping through a ring of fire!”

Did you know?:

The Horse Show is responsible for over $675,000.00 going to area charitable and civic organizations and parks since its inception in 1999. The major beneficiaries have been, Anchorage Children’s Home, Hospice of The Emerald Coast, Gulf Coast Community College, Chipola College, Habitat for Humanity, Teen Challenge of Bonifay and Frank Brown Park as well as the Optimist and Kiwanis of Panama City Beach to name a few.

In 2006 the Gulf Coast Charity Celebration partnered with Anchorage Children’s Home to be its largest fundraiser of the year. The Gulf Coast Charity Celebration, Inc. and Anchorage Children’s Home, with the help of sponsors will benefit the numerous abused, abandoned and neglected children of Northwest Florida. Since the Gulf Coast Charity Horse Show & Musical Festival’s inception its proceeds have provided education to area residents, helped families of and the terminally ill, abused, neglected and abandoned children and troubled teens and more.

To download the full event list click Here

To download the Official Show Bill click Here

Grills Gone Wild is Back, To Cook 1,000's LBS of Meat for Charity

030409_grills_picThe success of Grills Gone Wild 1 was so immense they decided to do it again, for a different charity this year.

The original Grills Gone Wild, meant to be a tongue in cheek stab at the Girls Gone Wild garbage our area was going through last year with Joe Francis, was a refreshing positive twist our area surely needed.  The goal was to raise money for Aaron Nichols, son of Gary Nichols, the band director of Arnold High School.  Aaron was injured and paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident.  When insurance money ran out, the Nichols family still had a little more than $20,000 in improvements they needed to make to their home to accommodate their son.  The event raised $24,000 and provided the much needed modifications to the house.

The original goal was to sell 500 tickets last year for $12 a piece, but the event “mushroomed” as Alan Graham put it and benefited from a turnout that was much greater than expected.  “We ended up cooking ten 200 pound pigs and 180 Boston Butts and fed 2,500 people.”

There was such a demand for this again, that they actually sought out a charity to help this year so they could bring the party back to the beach.  Benefiting this year is the new Miracle League baseball field currently being constructed at Frank Brown Park.  The field is padded to prevent injury, the bases are painted on, and the dugouts will all be wheelchair accessible. Proceeds from Grills Gone Wild 2 will go towards building the fence for the field, which costs about $20,000.

The event is sponsored by Counts Real Estate and The Rotary Club.  “All the meat has be to purchased up front,” Graham said, “we’re trying to sell the tickets up front, but what we don’t get sold, we’ll come up with the money to buy the meat.”  If you’re a griller, you can still enter for the Boston Butts, the chicken and the rib category, but if you want to cook a pig, you’ll have to wait until next year as they’ve already been ordered.

“The pigs take about 22 hours to cook,” said Graham, “we cook ’em low and slow.”  The best way to cook pork is at a low temperature for a long time, that way the meat just falls right apart.  They will have the grills set up around the pavilion by the playground and pool at Frank Brown Park with tables set up inside where the basketball courts are and outside around the pavilion in the lawn. The party will start with the grills firing up early Friday afternoon March 13th and food will be served all afternoon Saturday March 14th.

Tickets can be purchased at any Counts Real Estate Office, by contacting any Rotary Club member or at the event.  Tickets are being sold for $10 this year.  If you want to grill the cost is $100 per grill.

You should come out and support this great cause and hang with the community.  For more information, contact Alan Graham at 850 896 2648.