Yesterday, Palmetto Bay's Outreach Officers were there in force for the 4th Annual DARE Arts & Crafts Fair and Car Show to help fund the popular anti-drug program for school-age children in Palmetto Bay through the purchase of student workbooks and diplomas.
Throughout the day a steady stream of people strolled through the 40-plus vendors selling everything from jewelry to clothing to food. The Coast 97.3 FM was broadcasting live from the Coral Reef Park throughout the day. Attendance was estimated at over 1000. Palmetto Bay Officer Peter Judge gave out free bike helmets to many residents, including 9-year old Sharyn Epling who said, "It makes me happy because I know I'm safe now."
Benefit Car Show ran a "best in show" Auto Show with over 60 vintage vehicles. There were some amazing cars there, both muscle and luxury.
One young man was particularly proud of his vehicle. 18-year old Sahid Souss from Palmetto Bay was showing off his 1968 VW Beetle (with a 1971 engine). Souss goes to an Aviation & Mechanics School, so it was a natural when he decided to rebuild ths Bug just three months ago. He expects the completion in time to take a road trip across the country. He is styling the car with what he calls a "Cali stance", meaning surf board, low ride and cool rims.
I was pleased to see Lt. Col. Edgrdige Williams signing autographs at the car show. The auto show organizer honors Williams at many of there events. Williams just turned 96 and was a decorated Tuskegee Airman. See my story on him...
Pinecrest resident and Kona Ice truck owner, Robyn Martinez was on hand with her family to keep everyone cool while they enjoyed the day or cars, arts & crafts, and kid activities.
“We are so grateful for the Palmetto Bay Parks & Rec staff," said Community Outreach Officer Patience Glasko, event organizer. "Each year they do a fantastic job assisting our Police staff in managing the festival throughout the day.”