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Date of Issue: May 14, 2008

Privateers plan Kids Day

Snooks Adams with Kids Day kids. Islander File Photo
Come early for the pirate lookalike contest, which gets under way promptly at 10:15 a.m.

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will navigate the Skullywag pirate float to Coquina Beach Bayside in Bradeton Beach on Saturday, May 17.

The annual Snooks Adams Kids Day 2008 will take place.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until about 2 p.m.

Children can expect games, prizes and food.

The day both honors the Island’s kids for another nine months of school work and former Holmes Beach Police Chief Snooks Adams.

Some decades ago Adams, the Island’s first peace officer, drove a group of youngsters to the beach to celebrate the end of the school year. Adams also provided hot dogs, pizza and soda pop. He continued to host Kids Day into the 1980s, when the Privateers partnered in the fun.

The charitable organization carries on the Kids Day tradition - free hot dogs and soda for kids, as well as a costume “pirate” contest, treasure hunt, sack race, water balloon toss and loads of booty.

Adults, too, join the celebrating and feasting - though they’re encouraged to donate a bit of their treasure to benefit AMIP causes.

For more information about Kids Day, call 941-812-1412.