Street Fair, Concert to Salute Military
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By TIR Staff - Select streets in Pass-a-Grille (PAG) will be filled with food, beer, wine and other vendors, classic cars and military exhibits during the 5th Annual Salute to the Military, Mar. 28. Live music will fill the air from a stage on the plaza adjacent to the Paradise Grille.
The family friendly, fun day begins with a competition classic car show at 10 a.m. The street fair opens at 11 a.m. and at 11:30 a.m. young men and women will raise their right hands to be sworn into the military at a mass induction ceremony. There will be a number of items up for silent auction, a kids fishing tournament and antique fire truck rides.
A battle of the bands will run from noon to 10 p.m. with six bands scheduled to perform including: the Blue Water Rock Hounds, Funky Seeds, Horses Wild, the Jeremy Thomas Band, Automatic Heat with headliner Buffalo Strange.
It takes a number of volunteers to pull off an event like this. Last year members of Association of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College and of Osha Life Long Learning Institute volunteered as did members of the Pass-a-Grille Women’s Club.
“The St. Pete Beach city commission and manager have been very helpful,” says Harry Metz, event coordinator. “The city staff always support us during the event and that is a big help.”
The VSPC is a 501(C)(3) charity and has given $75,000 in cash and inkind donations to a variety of nonprofit groups that support veterans. This year’s benefactors are: Building Homes for Heroes, Support The Troops, and Habitat for Humanity – Veteran Repair Program.
Gulf Way will be closed from 9th to 11th Avenues, and 9th and 10th Avenues will be closed between PAG Way and Gulf Way.