By Tom Vaught
sun staff writer
ANNA MARIA Pine Avenue looked like a marketplace
in Hong Kong Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people came
out of their summer hibernation to enjoy the season's first
The event drew 10,00 to 12,000 people to Anna Maria. The
events major sponsor was the Anna Maria Island Chamber
Chamber Executive Director Mary Ann Brockman said, I
have no idea how much was raised. I wont know until
the bills all come in. It could be next week.
Rows of colorful, classic cars from local collectors lined
the street at the beginning of the festival, followed by
non-profit group tents, arts and crafts, a youth band area
and a children's area in the Roser Church parking lot. The
food court was in the parking lot of Bayview Plaza and the
county's portable stage showcased more music.
The car collectors gathered around 3 p.m. to get their door
prizes and trophies. The top winners were the 1934 Ford
Cabriolet modified coupe owned by former Holmes Beach City
Councilman Don Howard and his wife, Nancy, who won the Anna
Maria Island Chamber of Commerce trophy, and the 1956 two-tone
Ford Sedan, owned by Dick and Carolyn Hudson, who got the
Anna Maria Island Sun trophy.
The youngsters enjoyed a bubble machine, face painting in
front of Roser Church and several booths in the Roser parking
lot that included a rock climb, a bounce house and a large
The food court included burgers and chips from Skinny's,
grouper sandwiches from the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, crab
cakes from the Sun House, seafood gumbo from the Rod and
Reel Pier, hot dogs, chili and sandwiches from Paradise
Café, pizza from Solo's and kettlecorn. There was
also homemade fudge, tortilla chips, salsa and chicken Caesar
wraps from Fit to Eat, crab cakes from Banana Cabana, chicken
wings from the Wing Station and shrimp skewers and clam
chowder from Shell's.
To keep people cool, the Anna Maria Island Community Center
served ice-cold soft drinks and water. There were beer trucks
set up and the Chamber served frozen margaritas.
Proceeds from the event go to the Chamber's Scholarship
Fun, children's charities and hurricane relief. The Anna
Maria Island Sun was a sponsor.