Presented by Publix, this 52nd annual, three-day festival celebrates the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, on the first weekend of May each year, in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.
Born in Tampa and raised in Naples, Whitlock spent his childhood fishing and hunting around the Sunshine State, but Steve didn’t develop an interest in painting until the early 1990s. With encouragement and support from his wife, family & friends, he applied to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida to become a wildlife artist. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Steve’s artwork will be included on official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags and more. Hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers are just some of the official Shrimp Festival souvenirs available during the festival.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 1 – 3, 2015, with a community Pirate Parade kicking-off the celebrations on Thursday evening, April 30th, at 6:00 PM. Beginning Friday morning you can enjoy a sidewalk sale presented by the merchants in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Festival officially opens with live music by DRB beginning at 5:30 on the waterfront stage. The newly expanded Kids Fun Zone will premier in its Central Park location Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open until 10:00 pm. Entertainment Friday evening includes live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show at 9:45 pm.
Saturday the fun starts early, at 9:00 AM, when the art show opens with nearly 400 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. The Festival is open until 6:00 pm, so you will have plenty of time to see fine arts and crafts, antique dealers, participate in contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, see live musical entertainment, including The Edgar Winters Band at 4:30, interact with scores of playful pirates, and visit the Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food. Best of all, admission is FREE!
Sunday, the festival’s Fun Zone, arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade, a Wreath Ceremony, and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront. Sunday’s entertainment includes Back From the Brink, Decades Band, and The Swingin’ Medallions. And remember, admission to the entire festival is free!
Always held the first weekend in May, learn more at www.ShrimpFestival.com.