Weekend Events – Emerald Coast Cruizin, Veterans Day Celebrations

This weekend begins on November 11th, as we remember and honor our military veterans. While you’re here, there are plenty of events for the whole family. Beginning with a Veterans’ Day Parade, PCB offers a classic car show, a once a year shopping event, a beach celebration and much more!

Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Panama City

The Bay County Commission and the Bay County Veterans Council hosts the annual Veterans Day Parade on Thursday November 11th in downtown Panama City, beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the 1200 block of Harrison Avenue. The parade includes a military review and a wreath-laying ceremony as well as vocalists, bagpipes and the Mosley High School Marine Corps JROTC.

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2008 HOLLY FAIR RAISES $197,000: 2009 Looking Good Too

The Junior Service League of Panama City has announced that the 20th Annual Holly Fair event held from November 6th through 9th, 2008 at Boardwalk Beach Resort & Conference Center has raised $197,000 for local service projects.

Funds raised from Holly Fair, which this past season boasted over 75 merchants from around the United States, are used to support local programs and many Bay County organizations.

“Each year, the Bay County community and every Junior Service League member is committed to making our annual Holly Fair an exceptional event and this year, with economic conditions as they are, it was wonderful to be able to exceed our goal from last year,” said Event Co-Chair Lacey Obos.

The Junior Service League depends on the success of Holly Fair to support its mission of promoting volunteerism and improving the community. Through Holly Fair funds, the Junior Service League has become the primary source of clothing for deserving children in Bay District Schools providing over 2000 children in 2008 alone with new outfits for both school and play. In addition to supporting educational and charitable programs including elderly outreach, the Junior Service League also contributes to other local agencies. Past recipients have included the Children’s Home Society, Life Management Center & St. Andrew’s Bay Center.

“On behalf of the over 90 volunteers who make up the Junior Service League, I am grateful to each sponsor, each merchant, each business & media partner and the over 12,000 people who embraced and supported the 20th Annual Holly Fair,” added Tracy Rudder, Event Co-Chair.

The 2009 Holly Fair is scheduled for November 5th through 8th at Boardwalk Beach Resort. For more information, contact (850)785-7870 or visit http://www.jslpanamacity.org.

5 Reasons to be Excited About the Fall Season

Along with many beach residents, I have spent the whole of summer’s slow decline anxiously anticipating the Fall Season. I love the cool weather, the colors and the ripples of pumpkin spice in the air. In my opinion, fall is Panama City Beach’s very best season, transforming our town from a hot, tourist-filled circus to a quiet and festive jewel of home for anyone who lives in this great city. There are a number of reasons to be excited about the season from something as simple as less traffic in the streets to traditions as beloved as Halloween and Thanksgiving. But, in Panama City Beach there are even more reasons to get excited about the season to come; here are 5 of them

Fall Art Show September 18 – 20 – Pier Park

If you like art and enjoy seeing totally unique creations, the Fall Art Show will be an exciting place for you this fall. Throughout Pier Park you’ll see artwork on display and being created various artists. While you’re there enjoy Pier Park’s great restaurants and shopping.

Thunder Beach Fall Rally – September 24 – 27

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is held twice yearly on Panama City Beach and the fall event may very well be the best of its kind during the season. Bikers, vendors and exhibitors from around the country descend on Panama City Beach, Florida for Panama City Beach Bike Week and locals get to ride into all the fun. They share stories, see great bands and live entertainment, find the hottest custom motorcycles and motorcycle accessories available, and to experience a scenic ride on The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches!

Taste of the Beach – November 6 – Pier Park

Wine enthusiasts and aficionados, gourmets and gourmands, philanthropists and successful friends will combine talents and passions to create an unparalleled 4 day gala at the “Taste of THE Beach-Wine.Dine.Donate”. This 4-day extravaganza will be held in the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast, also referred to as THE Beach

This fabulous venue will hit Panama City Beach with an international wine tasting experience with over 300 wines to taste and food samplings from various Pier Park restaurants.

Oktoberfest – October 2 – 4 – Downtown Panama City

The Annual Oktoberfest transforms quaint downtown Panama City into a bustling German-style village. From accordion players to carnival rides and sausage eating contests, this Uber-Strassen-Fest has it all. Large food tents are concentrated near the bandstand.

Food enthusiasts will be serenaded by local musicians of a variety of styles, so practice your polka. Oktoberfest offers plenty to keep the little ones busy, while the adults savor a huge selection of beer. Carnival rides, face-painting, clowns and other family activities are part of the fun. More than 25,000 people are expected to attend the event, from the ceremonial tapping of the kegs to the Oom-Pah-Pah band concerts.

Seafood Wine and Music Festival – October 9 -11 – Frank Brown Park

If this event doesn’t get you excited about the season, nothing will. Panama City Beach’s signature Festival will be held during Columbus Day weekend and could be the most fun you will have all year.

Enjoy fantastic entertainment including performances by country singer and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough, the legendary Styx, plus John Anderson and Grand Funk Railroad. Sample delicious culinary treats and fine wines from around the world, and take part in fun activities for the whole family.

Honorable Mentions: EVP Pro Tour Labor Day Festival – September 5 – 6, Jazz by the Bay – October 16 -17, Holly Fair – November 12 – 15, Iron Man Triathlon – November 7, Emerald Coast Cruzin Car Show – November 9 – 14