Championing our Community

We are proud to participate in and sponsor a wide range of events on St. George Island, in Eastpoint and Apalachicola, and across Franklin County and the greater Forgotten Coast. From charitable events with national reach like the St. George Island Chili Cook-Off, Florida Seafood Festival, and Running By the Bay Marathon, to more local causes like the Franklin Needs Pink-Out to support breast cancer screenings and treatment, or sponsoring local youth activities, Resort Vacation Properties is happy to give back to the community of which we are lucky to be a part.

A very small list of our engagement includes these organizations and events. More details to come soon–there’s a lot to add!

Community Engagement

Florida Seafood Festival

Florida Seafood Festival ApalachicolaThe Florida Seafood Festival is a two-day event held annually on the first weekend of November. The oldest maritime festival in Florida, it draws tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of the Apalachicola river under the shady oaks of Apalachicola’s Battery Park. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, seafood related events, and musical entertainment.

Some of the notable events include:
The Blessing of the Fleet
Oyster Eating Contest
Oyster Shucking Contest
Blue Crab Races
Photo Contest
5k Redfish Run
History of the Festival Exhibit
Tonging For Treasure.

St. George Island Charity Chili Cook-Off

St George Island Chili Cook-Off is an annual event held on the first Saturday of March, to benefit the St. George Island Fire Department. Exceptionally popular, the Chili Cook-Off will celebrate its 35th year in 2017 and attracts over 5,000 visitors to the Island.

There are a variety of events including a crockpot chili competition (prepared at home and judged on-site), Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Sauce contests, a golf tournament, and the “Red Pepper 5k” race.

The centerpiece of the event is, of course, the Chili Cook-Off itself. No ingredients can be prepared before hand, and all seasoning and cooking must be done on-site. With three hours of cooking time, and a star-studded cast of chili specialists from far and wide, the competition gets hot and heavy!

Officially sanctioned by the International Chili Society, winners of the St. George Island Charity Chili Cook-Off advance to the I.C.S World Chili Championships.

Pink Out! To Support Franklin Needs

St george island franklin needs pink out cancer benefitThe Pink Out! is an annual event intended to be a great time AND provide much-needed medical services to the local community.

Get ready for a fun filled night, including a huge silent auction, an entertaining “man-auction,” raffles, a silly fun photo booth, cool merchandise, live music, food, lots of yummy goodies and much, much more! You don’t want to miss this amazing LOCAL breast cancer event to benefit the women of Franklin County, Florida. Thanks to everyone for their support. This year’s event is going to be even more amazing! See you there!

Franklin Needs, Inc., is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide education and support about breast cancer health for Franklin County, Florida women. We will help to make early diagnostic breast care testing, enhanced services, and personal support available to all qualified local women. We provide free mammograms for uninsured Franklin County Residents between the ages of 35-64.

Running For The Bay Marathon

St george island running for the bay marathon medalThe “Running for the Bay!” Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Ultra 50K (all with wheelchair divisions) are races held in beautiful Apalachicola, Florida. The races are designed to bring attention to The Apalachicola Bay area, one of the most beautiful and important estuaries in America; create an avenue for charity fund raising and to promote health and fitness.

The Full Marathon and Half Marathon and Ultra 50K start in Apalachicola and head over the beautiful Apalachicola Bay to Eastpoint and St. George Island. The 10K and 5K also enjoy the local beauties of Apalachicola and the Apalachicola Bay.

Come see “The Forgotten Coast” and enjoy the fun of the race activities, either as a runner, walker, wheelchair entrant or spectator. You’ll be involved in activities that will become one of your “life long” memories. Enjoy it with your family and friends, while receiving the benefits of health and fitness. View our other pages to find out more about our races and activities.

The “Running for the bay!” Marathon course is USATF certified, and can be used to qualify for the Boston Marathon or any other major that requires times to be set on a certified course.

They also award beautiful medals, which are highly sought-after by runners.