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Happy Birthday America!

It will be the Fourth of July in just a few weeks, and we’re ready for our Nation’s birthday and looking forward to the Best Blast on the Beach! The party starts with our annual 5K race, which begins at Under the Palms Park on 7th Street—just a couple of blocks from Highway 98. You can register the day of the race or you can preregister with a form available here. Registration forms are also available at the Tourist Information Center on Canal Parkway. Registration on the day of the race begins at 6:00 a.m., and the race starts at 7:00 a.m. (CDT).

Our second event is the kid’s fishing tournament at Canal Park from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. We had several hundred kids last year, and it was a great family event. As usual, we’ll be serving free hot dogs, snacks and beverages to the fishermen and their parents. There will be trophies for the winners and ribbons for all the anglers.

And, at 8:30 p.m. (CDT) we will have our spectacular fireworks show from the pier—a don’t-miss event for children (and their parents).

It’s A Girl!

We’re celebrating here at the tourist board this month. Our president, Kimberly Shoaf, became a proud mother at 11:59 on Thursday, May 17, when daughter Eleanor was born. Arriving at 6 pounds, 9 ounces, she’s doing just fine, as is her mother. Welcome, Eleanor! We hope you enjoy the fireworks!

Fishing is Great in Mexico Beach

Red snapper season opened June 1. The fishermen report that the fish are big and plentiful. For full information about upcoming tournaments, please take a look at the website for the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association. A great start to the season – Allison Hudson is proud of the 15-pound red snapper that she caught near Mexico Beach.

Weddings on the Beach

Tony & Michele
Tony worked in the area until he transferred to Battle Creek—but he came back for his wedding to Michele. Congratulations, Tony and Michele!

Chad & Jessica
Jessica and Chad came all the way from Illinois for a beautiful wedding on the beach at sunset. Congratulations, Jessica and Chad!

Kyle & Carla
Kyle and Carla came to the beach from Alabama to tie the knot. “Roll Tide” Congratulations, Kyle and Carla!

Justo & Amanda
Justo and Amanda joined us from Mobile for their romantic wedding on the beach. Congratulations, Justo and Amanda!

Are You a Golfer?

We have a special treat for the golfers this month – two vouchers to play Bay Dunes Golf Course. It’s a great course and fun to play. Just send an e-mail to Melissa. The drawing will be held on June 22.

Meet Mexico Beach

This month we would like to introduce you to Tammy and Randy, owners of Tammy’s Treasures, located in the Mexico Beach market area between 30th and 31st Streets. Tammy and Randy moved here recently from Wyoming and are enjoying the beach. Tammy’s Treasures offers just about everything you need to enjoy your visit to the beach, including swimsuits, cover-ups, flip-flops, inflatables, and more. Stop in and say hello when you get a chance.

Mark Your Calendars

Mexico Beach Photography Contest

Our 13th annual Mexico Beach Photography contest is underway and will be open until July 30th. As a reminder, all photographs must be taken in Mexico Beach and submitted to the Mexico Beach Community Development Council (CDC) by the deadline of 4 p.m. on July 30, 2012. For more information you can call the CDC at 888-723-2546 or click here.

Recipe of the Month

Crab Dabs

These can be served as a light meal with a salad or soup. They can also be sliced into smaller pieces and served as a compliment-grabbing appetizer.

1 can crab meat, well drained and flaked
1 stick butter, softened
1 jar Old English Cheese Spread
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
1 pinch garlic salt
1 pkg. English muffins

Mix butter, cheese spread, mayo, and garlic salt well.
Stir in crab meat.
Spread on English muffin halves and sprinkle with paprika or any dry seasoning of your choice.
Bake in oven at 425 degrees or under broiler until cheese bubbles. (These can also be flash frozen and kept in the freezer for up to three months.)

Cut in wedges for an appetizer, or serve whole with a salad for lunch or a light dinner.


Fourth of July Trivia–Good Luck!

1. What was the main reason the colonies declared independence from England?
a. They were being taxed without representation
b. It started with the Whiskey Rebellion and just grew larger
c. King George refused to cede the land now known as Georgia to private owners
d. George Washington was stripped of his English citizenship

2. How many people signed the Declaration of Independence?
a. 13 (one from each colony)
b. 21 (the reason we have 21-gun salutes)
c. 56
d. 98

3. In what city was the Declaration of Independence signed?
a. New York, the capital of the States
b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
c. Washington, D.C.
d. Yorktown, Virginia

4. When did the Fourth of July become a holiday?
a. July 4, 1776
b. 1870
c. 1938
d. 1942

5. What is the official name of the National Anthem?
a. The Star-Spangled Banner
b. America the Beautiful
c. Stars and Stripes Forever
d. Ruffles and Flourishes

6. Who wrote the words to the National Anthem?
a. John Philip Sousa
b. Irving Berlin
c. Francis Scott Key
d. General U. S. Grant

7. What is our national bird?
a. The hooded eagle
b. The bald eagle
c. The robin redbreast
d. The brown pelican

8. Where is the Liberty Bell now?
a. The bell was destroyed in the War of 1812
b. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
c. Washington, D.C.
d. In the middle of the Pentagon

9. What are the opening words of the Declaration of Independence?
a. Fourscore and seven years ago
b. These are the times that try men’s souls
c. When in the Course of human events
d. We hold these truths to be self-evident

10. Whose signature is the largest on the Declaration of Independence?
a. George Washington
b. Samuel Adams
c. John Hancock
d. Thomas Jefferson


1. a. The colonies were taxed without representation
2. c. 56
3. b. Philadelphia
4. b. 1870
5. a. The Star-Spangled Banner
6. c. Francis Scott Key
7. b. The bald eagle
8. b. Philadelphia
9. d. We hold these truths to be self-evident
10. c. John Hancock

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