Early New Years family celebration at beach

2010 Event Chairwoman Verna Brown invited Historic City News readers to make plans now for a “family friendly” early New Year’s Eve, Thursday December 31st!

Enjoy FREE Parking and FREE Shuttle to St Augustine Beach for Beach Blast Off 2010 at any of these four nearby locations:
Anastasia Baptist Church
Amici’s ~ Shopping Center Parking
R. B. Hunt Elementary School
St. Augustine Beach City Hall Parking Lot

The day’s events start off with a Chili Cook Off competition that features 14 local restaurants vying for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies. Celebrity judges make their decisions, but the coveted prize is the People’s Choice where the people can vote.

Next, huge blocks of ice are brought center stage and aspiring chefs from the St. Johns County Culinary Institute wield their chainsaws to create breathtaking ice sculptures.

Music, music, music on the Main Stage at Beach Blast Off with incredible local and regional acts!

An assortment of food vendors from barbeque ribs to funnel cakes to cotton candy augment the dining fare and the beer and soda tents are always busy.

Family friendly at the beach with clowns, face painting, puppets, magicians and a huge Kids’ Zone keep the children actively involved until the spectacular fireworks display begins at 8:30 p.m. For 20 minutes the fireworks are shot off at the end of the St Augustine Beach Pier. They are synchronized with music and can be seen for miles around.

Tens of thousands of people gather along the beach, at the Pier Pavilion, on their balconies to watch this awesome show as the fireworks literally burst above their heads. But remember this year it is at high tide so come early!

As families take their children home, a crowd remains for the “Family and Friends After Dance Party” for another hour to dance and groove to the live entertainment on the stage. Shuttle buses safely take everyone back to their cars, trolley trains take people back to their motels along A1A Beach Blvd. and those who have plans to stay up to usher in the New Year do so elsewhere.