Aaargh! It’s Kid’s Day, mateys

The Anna Maria Island Privateers’ annual celebration of the school year coming to a close and the beginning of summer vacations for kids filled the pavilion and the beachfront at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. May 17. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann

Kids take off in the sack race at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, hosted by the fun-loving Anna Maria Island Privateers May 17 at Anna Maria’s Bayfront Park. The event included free sodas, hot dogs and pizza for kids and plenty of games, beads and pirate tales. The annual event began in 1954, when the late Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams carried kids in his Jeep to Coquina Beach to celebrate the end of the school year. The Privateers took up sponsorship in the 1980s, while Adams continued to raise funds and make appearances at the event. It grew to accommodate hundreds of kids seeking summer fun. More kids and Privateers, page 11. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann

Ava Leechford, 7, enjoys a soda at Kid’s Day.

Mylie Belcher, 2, and sister Kylie Belcher, 3, at Kid’s Day.

The commemorative Kid’s Day button.

The Privateers lead a game of water balloon toss.

Privateers give a hardy “Hi, ho” to some new arrivals at the 59th annual Snooks Adams Kid’s Day party at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. The event gives kids a day of fun and celebration in advance of their summer vacation. W. H. “Snooks” Adams’ name and legacy live on at Kid’s Day and in the hearts of many young pirates. Adams, a local law enforcement officer most of his life, first took a jeep full of kids in 1954 to the beach for a cookout. Snooks’ outing grew and, in 1980, he partnered with the Privateers. He continued raising money and supporting the event until his death in May 2010. As a local nonprofit organization, the Privateers sponsor community and local youth events throughout the year, and offer a scholarship award program for local students attending college. Scholars are announced at yet another party at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe at the Manatee Public Beach, following the Privateers Fourth of July Parade.


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