26th Annual Indian Summer Festival Returns To Panama City Beach

October 13-15

Popular outdoor festival includes crafts, games, food, fireworks and performances by Bo Bice and Hootie & the Blowfish

Panama City Beach, FL (Sept. 28, 2006) – Panama City Beach’s most popular outdoor festival returns, Oct. 13 – 15, with three days of crafts, games, culinary delights, fireworks, performances by “American Idol” star Bo Bice and Grammy award-winning Hootie & The Blowfish, and more.

One of the Southeast’s largest festivals, Indian Summer Festival draws thousands of travelers and locals annually. This year, the Festival returns to Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway (Back Beach Road). Admission is $12.00/adult day pass, $5.00/day pass for children ages 5-12, and $30.00/adult weekend pass. Following is an overview of this year’s lineup.

Music – Bo Bice, Hootie & the Blowfish and country music singer Jeff Bates headline this year’s concert series. The Festival features music throughout the day by popular local and regional entertainers as well as nightly performances by nationally acclaimed artists. Hear Bo Bice, Oct. 13; Hootie & the Blowfish, Oct. 14, and Jeff Bates, Oct. 15. Performances take place on three new stages, the expansive St. Joe Concert Stage, Bud Light Stage, and CMT’s performance stage. For ticket information, call (800) 622-5025.

Food – Music isn’t Indian Summer Festival’s only draw. Stroll through Frank Brown Park, and discover why Panama City Beach is known as the “Seafood Capital of the World.” Tents from local restaurants fill the park grounds, offering a vast selection of fresh local favorites. Indulge in grilled shrimp, seafood gumbo, grilled pompano, fried grouper, broiled scallops, buttery crab and lobster. Barbecue, authentic Chinese cuisine, funnel cakes, ice cream, apple dumplings and more are featured too. Be sure to try long-time Festival favorites: kabobs, seafood, chicken, steak and vegetables seasoned and grilled over an open flame.

Arts, Crafts & Fun – This year’s festival features a new Fine Arts exhibition area. More than 100 artists and craftsman from all over the Southeast display their one-of-a-kind creations, from hand-decorated clothing and jewelry to painted woodwork and pottery. Plus, children enjoy a bungee jump, pony rides, jugglers, stilt walkers, face painting, and karaoke on the CMT performance stage.

For more Indian Summer Festival information, call 800-PCBEACH, or visit Panama City Beach online at www.thebeachloversbeach.com.

About Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach boasts 27 miles of silky, white-sand beaches bordering the clear, emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico and St. Andrews Bay. The Northwest Florida destination was cited as one of America’s Most Beautiful Beaches by Condé Nast Traveler, 2006. Additional recognition as a top beach destination comes from The Travel Channel, USA Today, Southern Living, Dr Beach and the Clean Beaches Council. Family attractions, championship golf courses, sporting events, delectable dining, predictably sunny weather and a vast number of recreational activities draw visitors to this seaside destination annually. For more information, call 1-800-PCBEACH (850-233-5070) or visit www.thebeachloversbeach.com.

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