The South Florida Museum “Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest”
By: Carol Erickson
Being new to Florida, and always in awe of the respect and kindness the Floridians show to nature, I was thrilled to be asked to cover the story of Snooty and “The Lettuce Eating Contest’. I was not disappointed.
The South Florida Museum invited five local ‘celebrity’ competitors to pit their appetites against Snooty the oldest known manatee living today…a record-breaking 66 years old. The contest was a brilliant idea to bring awareness to the manatee care and cost of feeding Snooty and his two companions who can eat up to 75,000 pounds of lettuce & veggies a year at the cost of over $75,000.
The contest had 5 winning categories and an overall Judges Choice award…there was not a moment of silence as we were all entertained and the room was filled with laughter and cheers…everyone was a winner.
All are invited to join the fun on Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash this coming Saturday, July 19th. It is a free outdoor festival from 10am to 2pm which will be full of activities, entertainment, wildlife awareness opportunities and food vendors. At the same time, you can easily check out the museum (which is offering a special admission for the day at
Happy Birthday Snooty…may you have many more years of bringing joy & laughter to all your fans!
SNOOTY’S LETTUCE EATING CONTEST – Tuesday, July 15th from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
(Location: South Florida Museum Boardroom with underwater Aquarium view) The South Florida Museum has invited some of the best and brightest community personalities to join us in spreading the word about Snooty, the world’s oldest known manatee, and manatee rehabilitation care at the Museum, with “Snooty’s Lettuce Eating Contest.” Competitors will be judged on style, quantity and personality. The event will offer the media the opportunity to capture the fun for their followers, as well as to engage with the competitors, participants and Museum staff. (Details below.)
Art Ross – Bradenton Marauders
John Horne – Owner, Anna Maria Oyster Bar
John Annis – VP of Community Impact, Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Johnette Isham – Executive Director, Realize Bradenton
Megan Jourdan – Health Educator and Media Liaison, Florida Dept. of Health in Manatee County
Lynn Lineman – South Florida Museum Board of Trustees
Official Manatee Eating Consultant and Referee:
Marilyn Margold – Museum Director of Living Collections
Jennifer Gans – Museum Supporter
Jackie Barron – Mosaic, presenting Sponsor of Snooty’s 66th Birthday Bash
Tom Tryon – Opinion Editor, Herald-Tribune