The very popular Sexy Bikini Contest, now called: The Miss Powerboat P1 Swimsuit Contest, is being held as part of the Sarasota Offshore Super Boat Grand Prix Racing Festival.
In 2015 the name and format was changed to the Miss Hooters Swim Suit Pageant. The contest was on hiatus in 2016 and returns in 2017 as The Miss Powerboat P1 Swimsuit Contest
Competition rounds will take place at 1 p.m. in Centennial Park at 565 1st Street, Sarasota. The contest is once again in 2017 open to the general public to participate.
This year there are 5 top prizes: The Grand Prize, is $1,000! Not bad for about an
hour’s play! But the runners up prizes are pretty good, too: Second Place- $750, Third Place - $500, Fourth Place - $150, Fifth Place - $100!
But mind you, it is HOT! And it is humid. The contest takes place in Sarasota just off the Sarasota Bayfront.
This gallery of bikini contest pics was shot during a hot, steamy, early July afternoon in the original contest 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.
Top prize is $1,000!
To be a contender in the contest and for more details contact the sponsor of the 2017 event: GYM SRQ located at 3530 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL. (941) 348-6377
For any girls who would like to participate from outside of the local area call GYM SRQ at: (941) 348-6377.
The winner must be able to attend the Race Ceremony on Sunday, July 2nd from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
I hope you enjoyed my Sarasota Offshore Grand Prix Racing Festival Bikini Contest Pics!
The winner and runners up
Tips: Outdoors at 1 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- 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: Centennial Park at 565 1st Street, Sarasota. Entry is free.
(Dates, times, locations and event details are subject to change without notice by event organizers, weather, etc.)