Children turn out to enjoy Anna Maria Island and Snook Adams Day

ANNA MARIA -- It was the pirate's life for many kids Saturday, as they came out to enjoy the annual Snook Adams Day celebration in Anna Maria.

Anna Uhl, 5, was digging for doubloons when she found not one piece of treasure but two. She ran over to her cousin, Charlie Murphy, 5, to share.

"I didn't find any rings but I did find two necklaces," Anna said. "Charlie didn't want to dig."

The two cousins were enjoying the event, while vacationing from Michigan.

"The beach is so nice," Anna said.

Dozens of children came out to Bayfront Park in Anna Maria for the annual event, a tradition of the Anna Maria Island Privateers in honor of its founder, the former Holmes Beach police chief W.H. "Snooks" Adams.

Kids weren't the only ones having fun.

Pirate Bob Boyd was enjoying blowing bubbles while children ran around.

"They're having a ball," Boyd said. "I think what they are enjoying the most are the water squirts. It's a good way to cool off, too."

A Privateer since the 1970s, Boyd said he has been participating in events like Snook Adams Day ever since.

Mya Kitching had a big smile as she posed for a picture with her friend on the Skullywag ship.

"I've been on a pirate ship before, there's nothing interesting, really," Mya said. "The wheel was interesting, though."

In additional to touring the Privateers' ship, children also could have their faces painted, enjoy some lunch, play rat toss and dig for treasure.

Alissa Sparks, 7, was digging for treasure but she was not having any luck. SHe wasn't looking for the same kind of treasure other kids were.

"I am trying to find a $1,000 bill," she whispered.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.