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Haunting on the Harbor
October 27, 28, 31, 2017
www.puntagordahaunting.com
Vendor Forms

7th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge
January 27, 2018
www.puntagordadowntownhoedown.com
Vendor Forms

Punta Gorda Boat Show
March 8-11, 2018
www.puntagordaboatshow.com




Previous Events

Fourth Fest 2017 featuring Water-Mania!
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
www.puntagordafireworks.com
Sponsorship Form

Fourth Fest 2017 at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda’s Annual Independence Day celebration, is scheduled for July 4th in Punta Gorda. This 1 day festival is a celebration of the USA with nonstop entertainment for the entire family.

This year’s event features Water-Mania- a group of 12 giant waterslides to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited.
Vendors, displays, and unique shopping opportunities await as the park will be filled with booths just waiting for attendees to visit. There will also be plenty of fun festival food, cold beer and beverages!

Live Music will fill the park all day on July 4th with bands performing on the stage throughout the day.
Live music starts at noon with local favorites.

Our Exclusive 11’ x 17’ Jumbotron will be running all day promoting the event with schedules and info as well as recognizing sponsors with TV ads, video, photos, and logos.

The best fireworks display in all of Southwest Florida presented by the Famous Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks will start promptly at 9:00pm, shot over the beautiful Peace River. With a spectacular Fireworks Show and a full day of activities, Laishley Park is the place to be on this Fourth of July!!!

Sponsorships are available for any budget and all donations and sponsor funds go directly to the fireworks expense.

For more information contact:

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953

 

 

Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge - January 28, 2017
www.puntagordachilifest.com

Punta Gorda's Downtown Hoedown - February 18, 2017
www.puntagordadowntownhoedown.com

Punta Gorda Boat Show
- March 9-12, 2017
www.puntagordaboatshow.com

 

October 28-31, 2016
7th Annual Haunting on the Harbor in Downtown Punta Gorda

www.PuntaGordaHaunting.com
Vendor Forms

Hours:
Friday, Oct 28 5pm-11pm
Saturday, Oct 29 5pm-11pm
Sunday, Oct 30 7pm-10pm - Haunted House Only
Monday, Oct 31 5pm-11pm - Halloween!

For information contact:

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953

 

July 4, 2016
Fourth Fest 2016 featuring WaterMania!
         
presented by Grande Aire Services

www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com
Vendor Forms
Sponsorship Information (PDF)

Smugglers Event Management is pleased to announce… Fourth Fest 2016 featuring Water-Mania!

Fourth Fest 2016 at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda’s Annual Independence day celebration, is scheduled for July 4th in Punta Gorda. This 1 day festival is a celebration of the USA with nonstop entertainment for the entire family.

This year’s event features Water-Mania - a group of 12 giant waterslides - to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited. Vendors, displays, and unique shopping opportunities await as the park will be filled with booths just waiting for attendees to visit. There will also be plenty of fun festival food, cold beer and beverages!

Live Music will fill the park all day on July 4th with bands performing on the stage throughout the day. Live music starts at noon. The Boogiemen Rock n Soul Revue will hit the stage at 6pm and perform right up to the fireworks. The Boogiemen are a July 4th tradition in Punta Gorda and a show not to be missed! As a bonus, Nashville recording artist Jack Michael will present a bonus one hour concert immediately following the fireworks finale.

Our Exclusive Jumbotron will be running all day promoting the event with schedules and info as well as recognizing Sponsors and Vendors as well as live video of our 2 headlining bands!

The best fireworks display in all of Southwest Florida presented by the Famous Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks will start promptly at 9:00pm, shot over the beautiful Peace River. This year an additional 5 minutes of fireworks have been added to an already spectacular show lasting over 25
minutes! With a spectacular Fireworks Show and a full day of activities, Laishley Park is the place to be on this Fourth of July!!!

For more information, visit www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com or call 941-637-5953.

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953

Punta Gorda Boat Show
March 10-13, 2016
www.PuntaGordaBoatShow.com

VENDOR FORMS




Punta Gorda's Downtown Hoedown For The Troops

To Support Operation Troop Aid
February 27, 2016
www.PuntaGordaDowntownHoedown.com

VENDOR FORMS

Great Country Music- Punta Gorda’s Downtown Hoedown to Support the Troops is excited to announce that Grammy award winning artist David Ball will headline our event in 2016. Fourteen of his singles have entered the Billboard charts, including “Thinkin’ Problem” and “Riding With Private Malone,” which made Ball one of the first artists to take an indie single to the Country Top 5. He has recorded a total of seven studio albums, including his platinum certified Thinkin’ Problem. The title track was the top selling country song of 1994.

Joining David Ball is Nashville recording artist Jack Michael, Jack grew up in Punta Gorda and is currently in development with PCG Nashville pursuing a singing and songwriting career. Several of his original songs such as “Country Way”, “Our Town” and ”My Whiskey Won’t” have received critical acclaim in Nashville and are quickly becoming regional favorites.

Operation Troop Aid- The mission of Operation Troop Aid is to provide care packages for our deployed U.S. Service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. OTA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corpo-ration striving to make a positive difference and inspire our Armed Forces by letting them know Americans stand with them. We salute and support all our Armed Forces!
$2 from every ticket sale will be donated to Operation Troop Aid and their cause!

More than a concert- In addition to great music and a great cause, the Downtown Hoedown will feature great BBQ from some of the areas best Pitmasters, as well as great beverages from Budweiser and Jack Daniels. There will be plenty of vendors on hand for those who want to do a little shopping between shows.

Tickets - $10.00 each - $2.00 of every ticket donated to Operation Troop Aid
VIP Tickets - $50 each or $80 per couple
www.PuntaGordaDowntownHoedown.com for more information



5th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival
January 30, 2016
www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com

VENDOR FORMS
DOWNLOAD A TEAM ENTRY FORM (PDF)

The aroma of award winning chili will return to Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on January 30, 2016. That's when the 5th annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival is coming to town.

Join us for Great Food, Great Live Music & Great Beer! Picture 20 chili teams will set up their chili cooking booths in Laishley Park in an effort to persuade the judges and the general public that their chili is the best. The teams may consist of friends, family, service organizations, clubs, non-profits, businesses, or just about anyone who has the desire to make good, if not great chili. In addition to the Chili cooking, there will be a full slate of activities during the festival. Merchandise vendors will be on hand as well as other food vendors when you’re ready to take a break from the chili. Live music will be performed all day on the Main Stage and there will be a Kid’s Fun Zone to keep the young ones occupied.

What goes better with Chili than an ice cold beer? Picture What goes better with Chili than an ice cold beer? At the festival, thirsty attendees will have an opportunity to sample different beers from small breweries not always readily available in our area. The Beer Tasting Tent will feature different craft beers from Micro-Breweries around the country to satisfy your thirst. Specialty beers will be available by samples or by the bottle. So mark your calendars for January 30, 2016. The 5th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival in Laishley Park is sure to warm up a cool January day with great food, great live music, and great beer!

 

October 24-25, 29-31, 2015
6th Annual Haunting on the Harbor in Downtown Punta Gorda

www.PuntaGordaHaunting.com

Hours:
Sat. Oct 24 from noon to 11pm (Halloween Festival & Haunted House)
Sun. Oct 25 from noon to 10pm (Halloween Festival & Haunted House)
Thu. Oct 29 from 7-10pm (Haunted House only/Student Night)
Fri. Oct. 30 from 5-11pm (Halloween Party & Haunted House)
Fri. Oct. 31 from 3-11pm (Halloween Party & Haunted House)

Featuring All 3 Days:
5000 Sq. Feet Air-Conditioned Haunted House, Carnival Games, Huge Kids Area, Hay Ride, Costume Contests every Night, Music every Night, Palm Readers, Tarot card readers, Illusionists, Little Kid’s Fun House, Lots of Vendors, Great Festival Food and Beverages.

For information contact:

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953


July 4, 2015
Fourth Fest 2015 featuring WaterMania!
         
presented by Grande Aire Services

www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com
Vendor Forms
Sponsorship Form

Smugglers Event Management is pleased to announce… FourthFest 2015 featuring Water-Mania!

4th-Fest 2015 at Laishley Park, Punta Gorda’s Annual Independence day celebration, is scheduled for July 4th in Punta Gorda. This 1 day festival is a celebration of the USA with nonstop entertainment for the entire family.

This year’s event features Water-Mania- a group of 12 giant waterslides- to be erected in Laishley Park. There are slides of all types and sizes for the littlest kids to grownups too. In addition to the Water-Mania Water Slides there will be a large Kid’s Fun Zone with plenty to keep the young ones excited.

Vendors, displays, and unique shopping opportunities await as the park will be filled with booths just waiting for attendees to visit. There will also be plenty of fun festival food, cold beer and beverages!

Live Music will fill the park all day on July 4th with bands performing on the stage throughout the day. Live music starts at noon. The Boogiemen Rock n Soul Revue will hit the stage at 6pm and perform right up to the fireworks. The Boogiemen are a July 4th tradition in Punta Gorda and a show not to be missed! As a bonus, Nashville recording artist Jack Michael will present a bonus one hour concert immediately following the fireworks finale.

Our Exclusive Jumbotron will be running all day promoting the event with schedules and info as well as recognizing sponsors with TV ads, video, photos, and logos, as well as live video of our 2 headlining bands!

The best fireworks display in all of Southwest Florida presented by the Famous Santore Brothers of Garden State Fireworks will start promptly at 9:00pm, shot over the beautiful Peace River. This year an additional 5 minutes of fireworks have been added to an already spectacular show lasting over 25 minutes! With a spectacular Fireworks Show and a full day of activities, Laishley Park is the place to be on this Fourth of July!!!

Sponsorships are available for any budget and all donations and sponsor funds go directly to the fireworks expense.

As a bonus! - Star Spangled Banner Level Sponsors will have their own Sponsor Chalet Tent for their company’s use with seating for up to 30 people with private access to the VIP area, a Fourth of July BBQ, and complementary beverages. In addition the sponsor area will feature waterfront seating for the very best view of the Fireworks Display.

There are a limited number of Sponsor Chalet Tents available, so reserve yours now with your sponsorship!

For more information or to register visit www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com or call 941-637-5953.

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953


January 31, 2015
4th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival
                                                   
www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com
Vendor Forms
Team Entry Form

The aroma of award winning chili will return to Laishley Park in Punta Gorda on January 31st, 2015.  That’s when the 4th annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival is coming to town.

25 chili teams will set up their chili cooking booths in Laishley Park in an effort to persuade the judges and the general public that their chili is the best.  The teams may consist of friends, family, service organizations, clubs, non-profits, businesses, or just about anyone who has the desire to make good, if not great chili.

In addition to making great chili, teams will be challenged to decorate their 15’ x 15’ booths in a “HillBilly Chili” theme.  The best decorated booth will win the Showmanship award and a first place prize of $500.  Booths will be judged on five criteria– Theme, Action, Costume, Audience Appeal, and Booth Set-Up.  Awards will be given to the top five booths.

Teams may decorate their booths however they choose using any type of decorations, lights, banners, flags, props, etc. The only requirement is everything must be inside the 15 x 15 booth area. Chili Teams may also dress the theme or wear costumes as part of the booths appearance.

Chili will be the focus of the day and it will be judged in two ways.  A panel of judges will taste test samples from each of the teams.  Judges will score chili samples on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. There are five criteria for scoring– Aroma, Consistency, Color, Taste, and Texture. NOTE: Heat is not a grading factor!  The Chili Challenge winners will receive $500, Bragging rights, and a trophy and prizes will be awarded through 5th place.  

There will also be a $500 Award for the People’s Choice of best Chili. Each attendee will receive a voting coupon when they enter through the main gate, Collect as many of those coupons from people visiting your booth as you can! The Team with the most coupons wins the coveted People’s Choice Award and $500! People’s Choice Coupons will be collected at 4pm with the winner announced at the Award Ceremony at 5pm on the main stage. 

In addition to the Chili cooking, there will be a full slate of activities during the festival.  Merchandise vendors will be on hand as well as other food vendors when you’re ready to take a break from the chili. Live music will be performed all day on the Main Stage and there will be a Kid’s Fun Zone to keep the young ones occupied.

Live music begins at 1:00pm, a great southwest Florida Blues and rock band- Deb and the Dynamics- will be on stage.  This is a return performance for Deb and the Dynamics as they were a crowd favorite in 2014.

At 3:00pm, direct from Detroit, Michigan, the Rusty Wright band will hit the stage with some soulful Blues Music. Rusty is a member of the International Blues Hall of Fame and was featured in an episode of “Backstage Pass” on PBS.  His gritty Detroit Sound coupled with a southern rock flair is sure to entertain the Chili-Fest crowds!

What goes better with Chili than an ice cold beer? At the festival, thirsty attendees will have an opportunity to sample different beers from small breweries not always readily available in our area. The Beer Tasting Tent will feature over 15 different craft beers from Micro-Breweries around the country to satisfy your thirst.  Specialty beers will be available by samples or by the bottle.

So mark your calendars for January 31st, 2015.  The 4th Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge and Beer Festival in Laishley Park is sure to warm up a cool January day with great food, great live music, and great beer!

For more information or to register visit www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com or call 941-637-5953.

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953

 

October 24-26, 2014
5th Annual Haunting on the Harbor in Downtown Punta Gorda

www.PuntaGordaHaunting.com

VENDOR FORMS
PRESS RELEASE
FLYER

Hours:
Fri. Oct 24 from 6pm to 11pm (Halloween Festival)
Sat. Oct 25 from 1pm to 11pm (Halloween Festival)
Sun. Oct 26 from 1pm to 10pm (Halloween Festival)
Thu. Oct. 30 from 7-10pm (Haunted House only)
Fri. Oct. 31 from 6-11pm (Haunted House & Halloween Party)

Featuring All 3 Days:
5000 Sq. Feet Air-Conditioned Haunted House, Carnival Games, Pumpkin Patch, Huge Kid’s Area, Hay Ride, Costume Contests every Night, Music every Night, Palm Readers, Tarot card readers, Illusionists, Little Kid’s Fun House, Lots of Vendors, Great Festival Food and Beverages.

For information contact:

Jerry Cleffi
Smugglers Event Management
150 Laishley Ct #1112
Punta Gorda, Fl 33950
941-637-5953

August 16, 2014
Anniversary Crab Fest Party at Laishley Crab House

Laishley Crab House and Smugglers Enterprises, Inc. are excited to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Crab House on August 16th, 2014.

After Hurricane Charley severely damaged most of the Punta Gorda waterfront, a group of local businessmen working together as Smugglers Enterprises created a concept for a new waterfront dining location in the heart of Punta Gorda. In 2009 their concept became a reality as the Laishley Crab House opened at the newly renovated Laishley Park Municipal Marina.
Focusing on fresh seafood, flown-in crabs from Alaska, an exciting sushi bar, and great steaks, the Laishley Crab House has become the premier waterfront dining location in Charlotte County.  The interior of the Crab House is no less remarkable as rustic hand cut boards and hundreds of fish, animal, and bird carvings adorn the posts, mantles, and beams of the main bar area.
5 years later the Laishley Crab House still remains the dining destination on Punta Gorda’s waterfront.  In celebration of the 5 year anniversary, the Crab House is throwing a party! Actually a Crab-Fest and Street Party, to be held adjacent to the restaurant in the Laishley Park Courtyard and on Laishley Court on August 16th, 2014.

The “Crab-Fest” will feature a great selection of seafood including Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Mahi-Mahi, Southern Fried Catfish, and special dishes such as a Seafood Boil and Seafood Rice.  Fresh Sushi will also be available. In addition to the great food and beverages available, there will also be a vendor area with lots of great shopping options.  Throughout the day there will be raffles with all of the proceeds earmarked for the Vietnam Wall Memorial Fund for the Laishley Park Memorial Wall.

The festivities will kick off at 3:00pm with the REEL Ladies Fishing Tournament Weigh-In, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Live Music begins at 3:30pm with Jersey Vic, The Jack Michael Band takes the stage at 5:30 with an acoustic show, and then Cecilia Lauren and the Ocoee River Band will headline the night with a great performance at 8:00pm. There will be a special appearance by the Jack Daniels Honey Girls from 7:00 to 9:00 with free sampling and lots of giveaways!

For more information regarding the Crab-Fest, 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Laishley Crab House please visit www.LaishleyCrabHouse.com or call 941.637.5953. Click on the flyer to the right for full details.

 

JULY 4, 2014
FOURTH FEST AT LAISHLEY PARK

presented by Grande Aire Services
www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com






Click to view larger.March 22-23, 2014
CHARLOTTE HARBORFEST









January 25, 2014
3rd Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival
                                                   
www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com
VENDOR FORMS

 

OCTOBER 2013
HAUNTING ON THE HARBOR

www.PuntaGordaHaunting.com
Oct 25-27 Festival & Haunted House
Oct 30-31 Haunted House Only








JULY 4, 2013
FOURTH FEST AT LAISHLEY PARK

www.PuntaGordaFireworks.com







MAY 4-5, 2013
CHARLOTTE HARBORFEST

January 26, 2013
2nd Annual Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival
                                                   
www.PuntaGordaChiliFest.com




OCTOBER 26-28, 2012
HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL & HAUNTED HOUSE
Downtown Punta Gorda, FL
www.puntagordahaunting.com







JULY 4, 2012
4TH FEST & FIREWORKS
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL
www.puntagordafireworks.com






APRIL 28-29, 2012
2012 REDFISH FESTIVAL
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL
flatsmasters.com/redfish-festival.html




MAY 4-6, 2012
ULTIMATE SHARK FESTIVAL & STREET PARTY
Laishley Park, Punta Gorda, FL
ultimatesharkchallenge.com



MARCH 17, 2012
ST. PATRICK'S DAY - SHAM"ROCK" IN THE COURTYARD
Download a flyer (PDF)



MARCH 2-4, 2012
PUNTA GORDA BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL
www.puntagordabbqfestival.com




FEBRUARY 11, 2012
CHARLOTTE HARBOR CHILI CHALLENGE & BEER FESTIVAL




FEBRUARY 4, 2012
TAYZER CONCERT AT THE LAISHLEY CRAB HOUSE COURTYARD
Read Punta Gorda Florida Today's article about Tayzer's live concert.






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