The Seabee Base rarely opens its doors to the public, but tomorrow, they are hosting their Annual Seabee Day for all to attend. The event is absolutely free. At the base, the tents are up and the rides are ready to go. The gates open at 8:00 a.m. and the event starts at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, March 8th. There will be an opening ceremony, vendors, performers, and events all day long. The Gulfport Seabee Base turns 72 years old this week, and this weekend, it's celebrating with the community it serves. Capt. Paul Odenthal says, "We have this celebration every year to celebrate our heritage and our pride, and we also are big fans of the Mississippi Gulf Coast down here and the community that gives us such great support. So we love the chance to have them come on base, show them what we do, and have some fun with us as well."
The celebration has been a tradition for more than a decade. This year, they're changing things up with a new location, more rides, and a larger variety of vendors. Officials hope this event will provide a fun way to learn more about the role of Seabees and their duties behind the gates. Odenthal also says, "We've got equipment displays of what we do for the Seabees here. We'll have convoy demonstrations with some rounds be shot off as well, blanks." If the weather permits, the Seabee Base hopes to have around 10,000 visitors at their Annual Seabee Day. Odenthal closes, “We're very proud of what we do and we love to show off, and we have that love for our local community, so we love to get them on the base and show them what we do here.”
The event is funded by the Seabee Recycling Program and other sponsors, making it possible for civilians to get up close and personal with the Seabees we depend on, all while having fun! There will also be a truck show, petting zoo, and wing eating competition, as well as musical performers.