The very popular Sexy Bikini Contest is held each year as part of the Sarasota Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix Racing Festival. DISCONTINUED FOR 2016
In 2015 the name and format was changed to the Miss Hooters Swim Suit Pageant.
Competition rounds will take place at 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. with winners being announced at 11 p.m.
The new location will be the Lemon Avenue stage during the block party in downtown Sarasota.
In the past this was actually an amateur bikini contest with the bikini contest girls vying for the top money Grand Prize, which in the recent past has been $1,000! Not bad for about an hour’s play!
But mind you, it is HOT! And it is humid. The contest takes place in downtown Sarasota just off the Sarasota Bayfront.
This gallery of bikini contest pics was shot during a hot, steamy, early July afternoon when the contest was held in the original location of Centennial Park.
It’s just the kind of day you want to be in swim shorts and t-shirt or a bikini.
With temperatures in the low 90’s and the humidity at about 90%, everywhere I looked people were sweating.
The bikini contest girls were dressed just right for this kind of weather.
But it being summer and rainy season along the Sun Coast the occasional, threatening thunderstorm clouds would roll in a few times over the Sarasota Bayfront’s Centennial Park and give everyone some much appreciated and needed shady relief, dropping the temperature by what seemed about 20 degrees…and then, back to the sunshine and heat!
With a mix of some 30 girls in the amateur bikini contest, each one has that certain “something” going for her and her time in the sun as she reaches out to the audience of perhaps a couple hundred male and female members in front of the stage.
For being amateurs, this group knew how to play with the audience, some of whom brought their own legion of supporters to whoop it up for their favorite choice. The larger audience was the one being broadcast to, as the event was aired live on cable-TV in Sarasota.
There are perhaps even thousands more watching on the giant screen TV in the beer tent directly across from the sexy bikini contest stage.
The sexy bikini contest girls came from both the local Sarasota and Bradenton areas and as far away as the Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater areas.
They were judged by a panel of celebrity judges including local personalities and The Deadliest Catches' Travis Lofland of the fishing vessel "Time Bandit," on hand for the Sarasota Offshore Racing Festival.
This is not your average raucous spring break style contest on the beach, but one that is more professionally staged.
But, the girls do their best to play the role of divas while on stage, all in good fun.
Some of them are pretty entertaining.
So I hope you enjoy my gallery of sexy bikini contest pics here and I also hope that you’re fortunate enough to attend one of these amateur bikini contests one year soon.
It's a lot of fun in the sun with some good natured contestants, hosts, judges and organizers and don't forget the adoring crowd.
It's one of the best sexy bikini contests on the sun coast, if not the only one on or near a July 4th holiday weekend.
It definitely adds some fun and excitement to summer holiday time.
And it's great to be outdoors in the fun at a festival such as this with other like minded and friendly people.
In previous years the prize money was: Top prize is $1,000. The runner up prizes: 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $250, 4th Place $100. Entry as a contestant is free.
It doesn't appear that the contest is open any longer to the general public, only Hooters Girls. Get more information here: (941) 487-7904 Ext 103, (941) 706-3795 Ext. 101 or try this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest will have two rounds at the Lemon Avenue Stage: 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. and in the past has lasted about an hour. (subject to change). Winners will be announced at 11 p.m.
I hope you enjoyed my Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Racing Festival Bikini Contest Pics!
The winner and runners up
Tips: Even at 5 p.m. the sun is hot at this time of year. If you are going to attend the Sarasota Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix Racing Festival’s Sexy Bikini Contest-Miss Hooters Swim Suit Pageant be sure to wear sun screen, light weight, light colored clothing, a hat and sunglasses and get a cold drink from inside the festival area with which to keep yourself hydrated in the Sarasota summer heat and sun. (no outside coolers are allowed).
If you are planning to drive: downtown parking is tough. Go early. Be prepared to walk a bit if you aren’t lucky enough to get a parking spot nearby. So be prepared.
Location: The Lemon Avenue stage during the block party in downtown Sarasota. Entry is free.
(Dates, times, locations and event details are subject to change without notice by event organizers, weather, etc.)