Village preparing for 12th annual Celebration Picnic

Village preparing for 12th annual Celebration Picnic

Megan Bada,3, is pictured enjoying one of the 2,000ears of corn served at last year’s picnic.

With less than a month left before Palmetto Bay’s 12th annual Celebration Picnic on Saturday, Mar. 1, now is the time for sponsors and groups that want to participate to make arrangements, according to village staffers.

Event organizers already are placing orders for 3,000 hot dogs, 4,000 Krispy Kreme donuts, 2,500 slices of pizza, 2,000 bags of chips, 2,000 ears of corn, a mountain of ice and nearly 6,000 cans of sodas and bottles of water. Everything is free and the picnic draws thousands of residents each year.

Celebrating Palmetto Bay’s status as an independent municipality, formed in 2002, the picnic takes place at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152 St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with food, music and rides, all complimentary. Besides the main food items there also will be snow cones and cotton candy, with fun activities like face painting for children.

“It’s our signature event of the year for the Parks Department,” said events supervisor Mary Fernandez. “It’s a formula that works and people love it. We want to put on a really good event for everybody. Another annual tradition of the picnic is the Mayor’s Cup, the baseball game which starts at 1 p.m., and the mayor throws out the first pitch.”

Palmer Trinity School, Coral Reef Elementary, the Children’s Voice and other groups are expected to attend to present musical performances. Other groups are participating as well according to Fernandez.

“We’ll always have our sports partners out there, the soccer, the tennis, the basketball, the sports that we offer in our parks,” Fernandez explained. “They come out and set up tables. They do games. A lot of them hand out information on registration for the spring season.

“The Garden Club will be there. The Police Outreach Program comes there, and this year the Police Benevolent Association said they want to be there too. It really is an opportunity for neighbors to get information about what’s going on.”

Green Mobility will be there doing bike valet, since they and the village always encourage people to bike to the park. Home Depot is back on board this year and they want people to participate.

“That is always a huge hit,”Fernandez said. “They bring out those little craft kits and kids put on the little orange aprons and make things.”

Fernandez points out that now is the time to consider supporting this popular community event through corporate sponsorship.

“With such a sizable and captive audience, our Celebration Picnic is a prime opportunity for brand name and product placement,” she said. “We do request sponsorship, and then we work with them on what we give in return for sponsorship.”

For information on participating in the event, contact Fernandez for details by sending an email to or by calling 305-234-6383.

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