5th Annual AJ’s Wagon Parade rolls through Destin (PHOTOS)
Loads of children and adults hitched-up their nautical-themed wagons on Saturday, Sept. 29 during AJ's 5th Annual Kid's Wagon Parade. The parade serves as a "shotgun" start of sorts for the 34th Annual Seafood Festival which begins Friday, Oct. 5 and acts as an introduction to the Destin Fishing Rodeo, which lasts throughout the month of October. Like the previous years, the little guppies and their parents paraded from AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar to HarborWalk Village, then back to AJ's for the awards ceremony. Prizes are awarded to every wagon, encouraging the work all of the children put into their wagons. During the awards ceremony special awards are given to four wagons — "Best of Show," "Most Creative," "Best Theme" and the "Wow" award. Best friends Merrick Laird and Maddox Hales, both 6-years-old, and Kalynn Hales, 3-years-old, were nothing but smiles while posing with their "Wow" award during the parade. The reigning Miss Destin, Callie Kaltz, posed with the crew of the S.S. Minnow from Gilligan's Island, the winners of the "Best Theme" award during the parade. The winners were 8-year-old Halley Telford (Ginger), 8-year-old Alli McGraw (Mary Ann), 8-year-old Dylan Waters (The Skipper) and 4-year-old Brayden Waters (Gilligan). Brother's 3-year-old Tyler Green and 5-year-old Tommy Green sat on top of their Destin Fire Rescue wagon that won them "Best of Show" during AJ's Wagon Parade. Nicolai Casch won “Most Creative” for his Cast Away wagon. After the awards were given out the party really started for the little ones. Concessions like popcorn stands were set up for everyone to enjoy and the hotspot seemed to be the bouncy house and face painting by Christine Ramey, of Arts on the Beach.