July 16--BRADENTON -- Megan Jourdan of the Health Department was the most Snooty-like of five Manatee County contestants Tuesday at the Southwest Florida Natural History Museum and Planetarium lettuce-eating contest.
The contest was in honor of iconic Bradenton manatee Snooty, the 1,020-pounder who loves lettuce like no other. Snooty, who will celebrate his 66th birthday Saturday, eats about 75 pounds of lettuce and vegetables each day, according to museum officials.
John Horne, Anna Maria Island Oyster Bar owner; Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton; Jourdan, health educator with the Manatee branch of the Florida Department of Health; John Annis, vice president of community impact for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; and Lynn Lineman, South Florida Museum board member, each dug into 5 pounds of lettuce with the aid of rubber "manatee mitts" on their hands.
Snooty festivities continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on his birthday at the South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium and Parker Manatee Aquarium in the Spanish Plaza in front of the museum, 201 10th St. W.
The event is free and admission to the museum, planetarium and aquarium is reduced all day. The celebration will feature children's games, art activities, free cookies and drinks for the children and a display of Snooty's birthday cards submitted for the card contest.
Entertainment and presentations will be provided by local performers. There will be a misting station and water slide, games, face painting and balloon twisting.
The noon presentation of Snooty's birthday cake of fruit and veggies is a highlight along with the crowd singing "Happy Birthday" followed by the presentation of the Annual Birthday Card Contest award winners.
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