What began as a family picnic and boat race in 1964 has evolved into a weekend celebration honoring Fernandina Beach and her deep rooted history in the shrimping industry. Join us on May 1, 2 and 3, 2015 for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.
It takes a large group of volunteers to organize such a magnificent event and this year’s board of directors, and committee members, are off to a productive start of the 2015 season.
The festival’s executive board consists of members who have served as committee chairs for a number of years.
Pictured above, front row, left to right: Chairman Wanda Hair, Vice Chair Harry Harrison, and Treasurer Dawn Lunt. Second row: Past Chairman Mark Deaton, Vice Chair Mary Sikes, Vice Chair Pat Kaminski, and Secretary Roger Wasik.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival transforms nearly 30 blocks of historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida into a festive weekend of art, music, and shrimp! There is a juried art show with over 300 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. There will be fine arts and crafts, over 50 antique dealers, contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, live musical entertainment including local, regional and national acts, scores of playful pirates, and a Kids Fun zone with activities, entertainment and food, but best of all, admission is FREE for the entire festival!
Other events surrounding the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival include the local’s favorite event, the popular Pirate Parade held downtown on Thursday, April 30th, at 6:00 pm., and the McArthur Family YMCA 5K Fun Run on Saturday morning held at Main Beach by the Atlantic Ocean.
Always held the first weekend in May, the Southeast Tourism Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event for the past twelve years! A targeted study of visitors to the festival commissioned by the Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau estimated the total economic impact of the 2014 festival to be over nine million dollars. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.