Panama City Beach, FL--It's a big weekend ahead for hundreds of youth football players from our area and beyond. After a one year hiatus, the long running "Snapper Bowl" is making it's return to Panama City Beach. The one year absence came because the event's founder Harold M. Creel passed away in 2010. Now his family is bringing it back, here's Harold's grandson Kenny Creel, who is now a Snapper Bowl Classic VP. "The Bowl started in 1967 with all local teams. In 1968 when they started bringing in out of town teams, combining them with local teams, which made the Snapper Bowl the first youth football tournament in the United States. And it still is the longest running Bowl. The Snapper Bowl is a true double elimination football tournament, until there is one team left at the end, which will be Saturday which will be the championship team."
Kenny says they have 28 teams with more than 600 kids from age 6 to 14 signed up, those teams from Missouri, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and all parts of Florida. The games will be played at Pete Edwards Field in Panama City Beach.