Following an astoundingly successful turnout for the City of Marathon’s 10th Anniversary of Incorporation Celebration in November 2009, organizers decided to make the event an annual one.

Charlotte Quinn, co-organizer with Mayor Ginger Snead, said next weekend’s party promises to be bigger and more exciting than last year.

In order to navigate the maze of merchandise vendors, food distributors and children’s activities, this year, the park will be strategically divided.

“We’re going to have more than 20 different food booths in the ‘Chow Line’ and well over 50 tents in ‘Vendor Village’,” Quinn elaborated. “We’ll have caramel apples, snow cones, seared tuna, veggie sandwiches and of course, beer and wine…there’ll be much more than gyros, burgers and soda.”

The Kiddie Corral children’s area wouldn’t be complete without the requisite bounce castle and face-painting studio, but this year, the staff at Fishermen’s Hospital is proud to announce their hosting a Teddy Bear ER. Families are encouraged to bring their teddy bears, dolls and stuffed animals for an emergency room visit in which patients will receive a full workup and any necessary surgeries.

“The Teddy Bear ER, bounce castle, and kids’ games are all free,” Quinn said.

Snead said this unique event will encourage children that going to the doctor does not have to be scare, and she added that CVS will be hosting a flu shot clinic for families as well as brown bag consultation with the pharmacist.

“The pharmacist who will be on hand has a Doctorate in Pharmacology, so if you bring your medications and supplements with you, he can help determine when is the best time of day to take your medications and supplements and what not to take together,” she explained.

Center Stage will include a host of new local talent over the course of the day (see Entertainment Schedule), and a Municipal Exhibition from Marathon Fire Rescue and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Organizers are inviting everyone to “Touch a Truck” and witness a Jaws of Life demonstration and fire extinguishing exercises.

Start the holiday shopping for the fishermen in your family by stepping into Big Time Bait & Tackle’s mobile store. Scope out his (or her!) favorite gear when he tries his hand at the Forgotten Soldiers Casting Contest that will also be part of the festivities.

Finally, what better way to start wearing out the kiddos than with a Kids’ Run/Bike Duathalon beginning at 9 am? Marathon Parks and Recreation has organized the event for children ages 3-11 to compete for a host of medals and trophies. Helmets are mandatory, and biking and running distances vary according to age. Pre-registration is encouraged for this free event. To pre-register or for more information on the duathalon, contact Mehgan at (305) 743-6598.

“We’ve outdone ourselves this year, the things the different committees have done,” Snead commended. “It’s going to be an amazing thing.”

The gates at Marathon Community Park for the City’s 11th Anniversary of Incorporation Celebration will be open at 10 am. The event continues throughout the day to 8 pm.

City Birthday 2010 Entertainment

10:00 AM:  Opening Ceremonies with MHS Jazz Combo
            Coast Guard Color Guard
            American Legion Color Guard

11:00 AM: Creative Kids with Marc Davis

11:30: Awards Presentation

12 NOON: Marathon Community Theater Skits

12:15 PM: The Barnacles

1 PM: Jessica Richard Dancers

1:15 PM: Gearl Jam

2 PM: J.A.M. Program

3 PM: Adrienne

3:30 PM: John Bartus & Storm Watch
          Expect some special guests!

6 PM: The Regs


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