Discount Tickets to Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival

We had a HUGE response to our Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival ticket giveaway.  If you won, you’ve probably already seen our email to you or you will soon.  Thanks for your comments, it reminds us how much you guys love us and Panama City Beach!

Talking to CJ Ryan today, one of the promoters for the Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival, he was telling me that our promo code (pcbdaily) was one of the most used promo codes for purchasing tickets.  I just wanted to thank all of you for using our promo code and getting a discount.

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Free Pier Park and Hofbrau Beer Garden Gift Cards

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You may have noticed the Festival ads all over our web sites.  Part of the media trade we did with the Panama City Beach Seafood Wine and Music Festival includes a booth for us, so we’ll be at the festival promoting our web sites in our very own vendor booth.  We’ll have a table with a projector playing some of our videos, displaying our web sites, etc.  We’ll also have some laptops so you can surf our sites as we’re supposed to have Wi-fi.

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HUGE Vendor Turnout for Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival

The tents are going up and the stage lights are being programed all in anticipation of a stellar 2009 Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival.  Crews have been working all week to get everything ready for the big name bands coming through, Styx and Grand Funk Railroad and all the other huge (and not so huge) names.  “This year’s ticket sales are going very well, pacing better than last year,” humbly said by one of the promoters.

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18 Free Tickets to the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival

This weekend the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine and Music Festival is rocking the town with awesome bands such as Styx and Grand Funk Railroad bringing hits like Mr. Roboto and We’re an American Band.  This is the second year the event has been run by a few local business men striving to make this the greatest event in Panama City Beach.

This year’s event brings the same great organization as last year, but tons more value.

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TDC Meeting Agenda – Beach Renourishment, PCB Fest and More.

Up for discussion and approval will be the funding for the Panama City Beach Renourishment Engineering and Modeling Report, Consider for Approval Panama City Beach Turtle Watch Program Description and Budget for 2009, and an update on the Panama City Beach Seafood, Music and Wine Festival.  I assume they’ll be talking about this year and what’s planned for next year.

The full agenda is below, or you can download the pdf.

AGENDA

COMBINED BOARD MEETING
Bay County Tourist Development Council
Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.
Panama City Beach
Monday, January 12, 2009                    1:00 p.m.        Council Room, PCB City Hall

I.    CALL MEETING TO ORDER

II.    ROLL CALL

A.    Invocation
B.    Pledge of Allegiance
C.    Approve Minutes From the December 9, 2008 Meeting

III.    REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON AGENDA ITEMS (3 Minutes)

IV.    UPDATE ON BED TAX COLLECTIONS, Ms. Charlene Honnen, Tourist Development Tax Specialist

V.    ELECTION OF OFFICERS

A.    Chairman of the Board
B.    Vice Chairman of the Board
C.    Secretary/Treasurer of the Board

VI.    BOARD ACTION ITEMS

A.    Discuss and Consider for Approval CVB/TDC Financial Statements Dated September 30, 2008, and October 31, 2008, Mr. Dan Rowe, President
B.    Discuss and Consider for Approval Scope of Work and Fee Proposal for Panama City Beach Renourishment Engineering and Modeling Report, Coastal Planning & Engineering, Mrs. Lisa Armbruster, Sustainable Beaches, LLC
C.    Discuss and Consider for Approval Panama City Beach Turtle Watch Program Description and Budget for 2009, St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association, Mrs. Lisa Armbruster, Sustainable Beaches, LLC
D.    Discuss and Consider for Approval Coastal Planning & Engineering Invoice #81242 and Invoice #81243, Mr. Dan Rowe, President

VII.    BOARD DISCUSSION ITEMS

A.    Update on the 2008 Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival, Mr. Jack Bishop, Eventertainment, LLC
B.    Update on Marketing Activities, Ms. Susan Estler, VP of Marketing

VIII.    PRESIDENT’S REPORT

IX.    AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

X.    ADJOURNMENT

Now, Back to Regularly Scheduled Bashing

Notes from Today’s TDC Meeting

  • Bed Taxes are up $117,000 thanks to back-taxes being collected.
  • The Circus by the Sea is more than likely coming back.  Maybe it will draw more crowds next year.
  • The CVB has a new interactive marketing manager coming on board.
  • Rowe distributed estimates of costs of strategic plan proposals to board.  I’ll be asking for copies of those to post here soon.
  • Mayor Gayle Oberst explained that Panama City Beach could not use bed taxes to fund lifeguards.  As one Marketing Committee member told me later, it’s a good thing we’re smarter than Walton county on that issue.  I have a lifeguard manifesto brewing; I’m sure it’ll come out any day now.
  • The TDC’s market research firm, Klages, is up for contract renewal, and the board showed concern that the 2008 results were not worth the investment.  Tabled.  Marketing Research, tabled.

Now to the juicy stuff…

Spring Break is heating up quickly… Spring Break funding was tabled after Dan Rowe requested approval on the MTVu plan ($150K CVB, $100K co-op).

Chairman Andy Phillips and Marketing Committee Chairman Buddy Wilkes questioned whether the co-op could really raise $100K. Mr. Rowe believes so; however lodging leaders stepped up quickly and said that because of the exclusive booking deal MTVu has with Student City, they would not participate in that co-op.

Board member Mike Bennett suggests the funding should go into a different Spring Break program.  Dan Rowe suggested that if it’s not MTVu, then put the money in something other than Spring Break.  Jack Bishop said the Klages report proved the CVB should invest the $150,000 into Spring Break. (It’s getting good!)

Folks in the audience suggested that only the Boardwalk benefited from the 2008 Spring Break plan.  (It’s really getting good!)

There was a hint that there may be another Spring Break community workshop. The marketing committee will address the issue before the next TDC meeting on November 6.  (Don’t you think this is going to get good!?)

And More Utter Disregard for the Special Event Policy

The Board unanimously approved 2009 funding for the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine, & Music Festival.  Wow.  Wasn’t even on the agenda.

Special Event Side Note – Do you realize that 3.25 million dollars worth of lodging has to be brought in to raise $65K in bed taxes?

If PCBSWMF would have reported the need for $65,000 invested in the infrastructure at Frank Brown Park for next year’s event, that would be different.  PCBSWMF Promoter Jack Bishop stated that the event could not serve 30,000 attendees as reported by previous promoters. Hopefully PCBSWMF will use all $65K to improve the infrastructure.  We’ll see.

Speaking of we’ll see, we’ll see the full PCBSWMF report next month.  Hopefully that report will include exactly how and where the 2008 TDC investment was spent.

In the meantime, we sure would like to have other promoters comment here with your thoughts on the TDC’s Special Events “Policy.”

If I misinterpreted anyone’s comments from today’s meeting, please email me at lancaster.kirk@gmail.com, or even better yet, clarify your message right here in the comments section.

Tons of People + Festival = Good Time

The parking lot was packed, being filled by a line of cars wrapped all the way up Pier Park Drive next to Palmetto Trace.  The parking attendants looked exhausted from waving their flashlights and talking to drivers at 9 pm.  There were still people pouring in when I left tonight.

Looking at license plates on the way out, every other car was from either Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina.  The draw looked healthy, and so far, without seeing any actual numbers, the attendance looked good.

Between Beach Bouncers, carnival rides/attractions, funnel cakes, and cotton candy, there was plenty to keep the kids busy.  With roaming clowns and people passing out candy, every kid was singing of gum drops and cherry planes.

At the opposite side of the camp, a band rocked the main stage with common covers such as Foxy Lady and Sweet Home Alabama.  Opening for the main act, the growing crowd was being pumped up for .38 Special.

We didn’t get to try any of the endless varieties of food, but I’m sure most, if not all, was good.  Vendors ranged from Beef ‘o Brady’s to Boatyard.  Shopping was abound in plenty with anything from really cool hanging chairs to little wooden figurines just a quick negotiation away from a comfortable place on your mantle.

The party was definitely hoppin tonight, and will continue to entertain thousands tomorrow.  The gates open at 11 am with stilt walkers, balloon artists, face painters, sand sculpting, Hands on Art, live kid’s concerts, Gallagher’s Gymnastics presentations and much, much more.

Full schedule of events for Saturday, October 11th at the Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival

Gates Open – 11a – Marketplace, food, Family Fun Days activities, amusements, all open
Family Fun Days 11a-3p – Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Bouncer Village, Sand Sculpting, Hands on Art by Visual Arts Center, live kids concerts, Gallaghers Gymnastics presentations, and more
Lunch With Sponge Bob – 11:30am-12:30pm – Coca Cola Tent (dining tent) $5 per child up to 12 years old, $8 per person 13+ (includes Pizza & Coca-Cola)
Steve’s Kazoo Krew Band – 11a-12:30pm – Coca Cola Stage (dining tent)
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience Band – 12:30p-1:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Half Price Temp Tattoos @ Tat Shack – 12:30p-1:30pm – KIDS VILLAGE
Sand Sculpting for Kids with master Sand Sculptor Mark Flynn – 1:30-2:30p – KIDS VILLAGE
On-Call Jazz Band – 1:30pm-4pm – Coca-Cola Stage (dining tent)
Gallagher’s Gymnastics Team performance – 2:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Chef Exhibition – Chef of Reggae J’s – 3pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Grand Wine Tastings – 4p-6p – Wine Garden @ Chef & Wine Tent
De Lions of Jah Reggae Band – 4p-6:30pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Chef Exhibtion – Chef Conrad of Boatyard – 4pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Chef Exhibition – Chef Paul of Firefly – 5pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Panhandle Star Competition Top 5 finalists – 6:30pm-7:30pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience – 7:30p-8:45pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Blues Traveler – 9pm-11pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)

Discount Tickets to Music Festival

The Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival kicks off the weekend festivities Friday, October 10th at Frank Brown Park on Panama City Beach.

The festival will feature musical entertainment from .38 Special, Blues Traveler, and Craig Morgan with tons of stuff to do with the kids in between.

Schedule of Events

FRIDAY: 4pm-11pm – 38 Special @ 9pm

Gates Open – 4pm – Marketplace, Bouncer Village, Food & Amusements all open
Sand Sculpture Ribbon Cutting – 4:45pm – Sponsored by Pineapple Willy’s
Jones & Company Band – 4pm-7pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Grand Wine Tastings in Wine Garden – 4p-6p
Chef Exhibition in Chef Tent – 5pm (Chef John from Hammerhead Fred’s)
VIP Tent Open – 5p-11p (VIP passes required)
Panhandle Star Competition (Top 10 finalists) – 7p – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
King Cotton Band – 8p – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
38 Special – 9pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)

**Unlimited amusements & bouncers arm bands are available for one price through Saturday – see amusements ticket booth and/or bouncers ticket booth for details

SATURDAY: 11a-11pm – Blues Traveler @ 9pm

Gates Open – 11a – Marketplace, food, Family Fun Days activities, amusements, all open
Family Fun Days 11a-3p – Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Bouncer Village, Sand Sculpting, Hands on Art by Visual Arts Center, live kids concerts, Gallaghers Gymnastics presentations, and more
Lunch With Sponge Bob – 11:30am-12:30pm – Coca Cola Tent (dining tent) $5 per child up to 12 years old, $8 per person 13+ (includes Pizza & Coca-Cola)
Steve’s Kazoo Krew Band – 11a-12:30pm – Coca Cola Stage (dining tent)
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience Band – 12:30p-1:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Half Price Temp Tattoos @ Tat Shack – 12:30p-1:30pm – KIDS VILLAGE
Sand Sculpting for Kids with master Sand Sculptor Mark Flynn – 1:30-2:30p – KIDS VILLAGE
On-Call Jazz Band – 1:30pm-4pm – Coca-Cola Stage (dining tent)
Gallagher’s Gymnastics Team performance – 2:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Chef Exhibition – Chef of Reggae J’s – 3pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Grand Wine Tastings – 4p-6p – Wine Garden @ Chef & Wine Tent
De Lions of Jah Reggae Band – 4p-6:30pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Chef Exhibtion – Chef Conrad of Boatyard – 4pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Chef Exhibition – Chef Paul of Firefly – 5pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Panhandle Star Competition Top 5 finalists – 6:30pm-7:30pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience – 7:30p-8:45pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Blues Traveler – 9pm-11pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)

SUNDAY: 11a-9:30pm – Craig Morgan @ 8pm

Gates Open – 11a – Marketplace, food, Family Fun Days activities, amusements, all open
Family Fun Days – Stilt Walkers, Balloon Artists, Face Painters, Bouncer Village, Sand Sculpting, Hands on Art by Visual Arts Center, live kids concerts, Gallaghers Gymnastics presentations, and more
Lunch With Sponge Bob – 11:30am-12:30pm – Coca Cola Tent (dining tent) $5 per child up to 12 years old, $8 per person 13+ (includes Pizza & Coca-Cola)
Steve’s Kazoo Krew Band – 11a-12:30pm – Coca Cola Stage (dining tent)
Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience Band – 12:30p-1:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Half Price Temp Tattoos @ Tat Shack – 12:30p-1:30pm – KIDS VILLAGE
Sand Sculpting for Kids with master Sand Sculptor Mark Flynn – 1:30-2:15p – KIDS VILLAGE
Timeless Band – 1:30p-3:30pm – Coca-Cola Stage (dining tent)
Gallagher’s Gymnastics Team performance – 2:30pm – Colonial Bank Stage in KIDS VILLAGE
Chef Exhibition – Chef of The Back Porch – 3pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Chef Exhibition – Chef Debbie of Breakers – 4pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Grand Wine Tastings – 4p-6p – Wine Garden @ Chef & Wine Tent
Todd Allan Herendeen Band – 3:30p-5:30pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Chef Exhibition – Chef of Saltwater Grill – 5pm – Chef & Wine Tent
Panhandle Star Competition Top 2 finalists perform – 5:30pm-6pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Southern Satisfaction Band – 6:15p-7:45pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Craig Morgan – 8pm – Clear Channel Stage (mainstage)
Festival officially over after Craig Morgan show – estimated time 9:30pm

*schedule subject to change without notice

Tickets can still be bought today (10/9/2008) at the advance ticket discount price.  Save up to 35% and buy your tickets now!  Click here to buy tickets.

.38 Special to play at The Panama City Beach Seafood, Wine & Music Festival

THE PANAMA CITY BEACH SEAFOOD, WINE & MUSIC FESTIVAL, formerly the Indian Summer Festival, proudly announces a major addition to the event’s entertainment line-up.

Eventertainment Group, LLC., in cooperation with Neste Event Marketing of Nashville has secured .38 Special as the festival’s major headliner for the kickoff day of the event, Friday October 10, 2008. Show time T.B.A., advance discount tickets on sale soon.

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