A public celebration event on Saturday, April 29, is to honor the 30th graduating class of Leadership Monroe County.

The event, to be staged at Oceanfront Park in Marathon, begins at 3:30 p.m. and continues through sunset. The park is located between 98th and 99th streets behind Marathon City Hall.

Since 1992, Leadership Monroe County has educated community residents who are active in leadership roles in the private sector, government or community organizations. Through a series of one- and two-day sessions, participants examine fundamental segments of the local community including key government and private-sector services.

Saturday’s event will be unique in LMC’s history, according to organizers. All previous graduation celebrations have just been targeted to the group of some 22 graduates each year.

But Saturday’s event is to bring entertainment, food and fun activities — including a kids’ bounce house — that the entire Keys community can enjoy.

Musical groups set to perform include the Mangrove Swamp and the 79th Street bands.

The Marathon Fire Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (including critters from the Animal Farm), Key West Police Mounted Patrol, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, Mote Marine, Florida Keys National Weather Service Office and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are just a few of the organizations that are to have interactive displays on-site.

A $10 per person donation provides for entry as well as a hot dog or hamburger and soft drink. Student admission is $5, with kids under 12 admitted free.

Other food for sale, served up by 11 food trucks, and beer are to be available at the event.

For more information, call Michael Shields at 305-394-3804.

Alex Rickert made the perfectly natural career progression from dolphin trainer to newspaper editor in 2021 after freelancing for Keys Weekly while working full time at Dolphin Research Center. A resident of Marathon since 2015, he fell in love with the Florida Keys community by helping multiple organizations and friends rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Irma. An avid runner, actor, and spearfisherman, he spends as much of his time outside of work on or under the sea having civil disagreements with sharks.