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Challenge Butter Demos and Giveaways at Shrimp Fest

(Press release) – Award-winning Challenge Butter is buttering up Floridians by donating more than 100 pounds of its fresh sweet cream butter to all of the food vendors cooking up local shrimp for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival attendees. It’s also providing free samples from Chef Ryan Robinson of Brett’s Waterway Cafe, and free coupons.

Festivalgoers can enjoy watching Chef Ryan Robinson prepare and sample dishes made with Challenge Butter and Challenge Cream Cheese on-site at the Challenge Butter Kitchen, located on the lawn at the foot of Centre Street. Demos will be taking place on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Challenge Butter booth is also fun place to stop for a chance to spin and win coupons, squishy cows and more.
New to Florida, Challenge is the leading butter brand in the West and has won accolades from the World Dairy Awards, Saveur Magazine and San Francisco Chronicle. Its butter and cream cheese are made from 100% real cream from its 450 family owned dairies.

A stickler for quality, Challenge products are free of growth hormones, artificial preservatives, dyes and fillers. And, its products are so fresh, they are ready for the grocer within 48 hours of the cows being milked. Look for them in the dairy case at Winn-Dixie and Wal-Mart. It’s the butter with the elk on the package.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is May 5 – 7, with a Pirate Parade kick-off on May 4th at 6:00 p.m. in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Enjoy a Kids Fun Zone, live musical entertainment, contests, food booths and more. On Saturday and Sunday there will be over 450 arts, crafts, antiques, and collectible booths. For more information, please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

ABOUT CHALLENGE BUTTER
Award-winning Challenge Butter began more than one hundred years ago. Today, it is the largest butter brand in the West and is available nationwide. Its portfolio of products includes Salted and Unsalted Challenge Butter, Whipped Challenge Butter and Salted and Unsalted European Style Butter. Its line of spreadable butters includes Italian Herb & Garlic, Cracked Pepper & Sea Salt, Challenge Lite Spreadable Butter with Olive Oil, a Challenge Spreadable Butter Flavored with Olive Oil, Challenge Spreadable Butter with Canola Oil and Challenge Lactose-Free Spreadable Butter. It recently introduced six cream cheese products including regular Challenge Cream Cheese, Challenge Spreadable Cream Cheese, Challenge Whipped Cream Cheese, Challenge Neufchatel Cheese, Challenge Salsa Flavored Cream Cheese and Challenge Strawberry Flavored Cream Cheese. Challenge has not only been a pioneer in the quality in butter products, but is also responsible for many industry firsts including invention of the first aluminum butter churn, lab sampling of butter and shipping butter in paper rather than wooden crates. Visit Challenge on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChallengeButter or at www.ChallengeDairy.com.

2017 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade is May 4th

Historic Fernandina Beach is home to one of the region’s largest hometown parades. This year’s theme is the Ultimate Shrimp Experience. The parade will begin promptly at 6 :00 p.m., Thursday, May 4, 2017, and with spectators lined up three and four people deep for over 16 blocks, there is no better way – for the money – to get in front of a crowd this large and local businesses have signed up! There are almost 100 entries in this parade!!!

There will be decorative floats, walking groups, marching bands, exotic and antique vehicles, and much more. This year’s grand marshal is Jeff “Trapper” Parish.

Parade categories include Non-profit, Commercial, Walking Unit, Band or Performing  Unit, Civic Group, Judges Choice, and Special Effects. Awards will be presented on the River Front Stage on Friday, May 5ht. All entries are required to commemorate the shrimping industry  by adhering to the Pirate Parade Theme and the parade may not be used as a public forum to air personal opinions, grievances, or to protest any issue. 

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a delicious Northeast Florida tradition being held May 5 – 7, 2017, and is presented by Baptist Medical Center-Nassau. The event kicks-off Thursday, May 4th, with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina Beach. The festival officially opens Friday afternoon with the Geico Kids’ Fun Zone, food booths, a pageant, live music, fireworks, a pirate invasion, river front entertainment, and more. The festival continues Saturday and Sunday with two stages, nearly 400 vendors displaying fine arts, crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, children’s activities, and food booths with lots of shrimp!

2017 Fernandina Pirates Club Scholarship

The Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. is calling for entries to their scholarship essay contest open to all Nassau County high school seniors. The gnarly scallywags offer two separate awards. One winner will be given some extra booty for college, and the other winner is chosen from the pool of students who enter the competition that have chosen to serve in our United States Armed Forces.

All contestants must submit a 750 word essay to the Pirates Club, by Monday April 10, 2017. The subject is to be about pirates or pirating: past, present or future, complete with proper citations and references. Eligible students may attend high school at home, in a public or private school, or in another county, but they must be a full-time resident of Nassau County, Florida.

The award for the college bound student is a check for up to $1,500.00 made payable to the winner’s chosen school upon acceptance, and must be applied towards tuition and/or books. The winning entry for the student entering military service will receive a check for $500.00 upon completion of basic training. Proof of completion is required.

The winner(s) must be available to join the Pirates on Sunday, May 7, 2017 on the Waterfront Stage during the “Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival” for a formal announcement, public relations photos and of course to grab the booty!

Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc.
P. O. Box 17243
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035

All entries must be submitted to the above address and post marked by April 10, 2017. For more information please visit FernandinaPirates.com.

New Vendors and New Products at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

While the Farmers Almanac is predicting a snowy season for much of the country, we are seeing plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures for February here in NE Florida. One of the best ways to enjoy this exceptional weather is to head downtown and check out the Continue reading

Amazing Line Up Saturday at Farmers Market

January 28, 2017, brings an amazing line-up of vendors to the farmers market on North Seventh Street. Me, Myself and Pies is returning for the first time this year with a large selection of sweet and savory pies. Steephill Vermont Syrup is making their monthly appearance with a trunk full of syrups straight from their farm in Vermont, and Rose’s “An”Believable Egg Rolls has added pot stickers to her line up. Continue reading

New Year – New Products at the Farmers Market

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is the hot spot on Amelia Island to find new delightful treats for 2017. Strolling through the farmers market on North Seventh Street you will notice several expanding product lines from our existing vendors for the new year. Continue reading

Community Emergency Response Team Classes Begin Soon

Nassau County Emergency Management has scheduled its next academy for Community Emergency Response Team.

CERT is a 9 week program which meets 1 evening a week, for 3 hours. It is scheduled to start Monday, January 9, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. and continue each Monday for the next 9 weeks.

Topics will include:
CERT Organization Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety
Disaster Medical Operations Search & Rescue
Disaster Psychology Terrorism and CERT

Interested in attending the CERT training academy here in Nassau County?
Please contact:
Mike Efferson,
Emergency Management Volunteer Coordinator
Office: (904) 253‐9767
Email: mlefferson@nassauso.com

Comedian Amy Beckham Takes on Christmas in this Brief Video

Comedian Amy Beckham gives a group of friends sitting around a camp fire her humorous take on Christmas – Christmas carols, christmas traffic and more.

Amy’s comedy is energetic and lighthearted with subject matters ranging from marriage to children to diets. As an optometrist, wife, and mother, Amy is provided with an endless supply of comic material.

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas Eve

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas EveThe farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will be open on Christmas Eve from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Full of your last minute dinner supplies and stocking stuffers, there is something for everyone at this cozy, open-air market.

Enjoy body balms for Crows Warrior Salves, delicious handcrafted toffee from Tucker at Topsy Toffee, and soy candles from Tranquil Formations.

Bring your holiday guests for a stroll in our lovely Victorian village, and enjoy live music provided by Dan Voll and Shell, while tasting your way down North Seventh Street on Amelia Island.

You will find an amazing variety of unique gifts that are handmade by the artisans at The Fernandina Beach Arts Market, which will also be open on Christmas Eve.

Through December the Arts Market will be open every Saturday, but in January, it will return to the regular schedule of opening on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome! For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.