9th Annual Celebration Picnic for Palmetto Bay

Earlier today, Palmetto Bay residents took a few hours to celebrate their incorporation.  In 2002, the Village of Palmetto Bay was formed, allowing the 26,000 residents to better control the services and resources in their community.

On a gloriously sunny Saturday, around 3500 people used the eastern side of Coral Reef Park to partake in food, fun, kiddie attractions, local entertainment, a historic bus tour of the Village and the Mayor's Cup baseball game.

The Village Mayor and Council kicked things off under the gazeebo, thanking all the sponsors who contributed to the event.

Mayor Shelley Stanczyk (center) with (l to r) Patrick Fiore, Joan Lindsay, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser & Village Manager Ron Williams

Of course, food took center stage.  There were hot dogs, roasted corn on the cob, drinks and chips served up by the Village staff and elected officials.

Other vendors served up Krispy Kreme donuts, Pizza Hut pizza, popcorn, ice cream, snow cones, cotton candy and the like.

Music and entertainment was served up from the gazeebo all day long.  Kids played on the variety of activity areas.

Karate presentations kept kids and parents on their toes...

The Mayor threw out the first pitch for the Mayor's Cup Game on the main baseball field promptly at 1pm.

The fire policing units showed off technology, their specialized vehicles, and even took photos and fingerprints of some of the kids.

Even the dogs got into the act...

As usual, I am so proud of the Village I chose to call home.  They know how to celebrate.  Put on a completely free picnic and let the rest of South Florida know that when you do it right... it just all comes together!

Happy birthday Palmetto Bay!

Sights and sounds of the Village Celebration Picnic