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Shrimp Festival’s Antique Show 2016

Shrimp Festival’s Antique Show 2016 The older I get, the more I seem to appreciate antique furniture and vintage jewelry, and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival offers an amazing display of vendors on Saturday and Sunday in the festival’s Antique Show. You’ll find furniture, nautical items, jewelry, dolls, plates and other collectibles. These exhibitors offer true antiques and vintage products. Reproductions and new retail items are not permitted. Many of these vendors have been coming to the Festival for 10, 15, and 20 years. Some come from as far away as Maryland, and Key Largo, Florida, just to participate in the show.

You could spend days looking at all of the items sold in the antiques section of the Shrimp Festival. There will be quilts, fossils, sharks teeth, glassware, pottery, beads and vintage jewelry, and the old wood carvings and folk art are amazing.

spoon-bracelet-by-harmony-in-designOld silverware and gemstones are transformed into wearable art as seen in the picture of the spoon fish bracelet by Jim and Lia Harmon of Harmony in Design. Depression glass, old photography equipment and vintage fabric items will also be up for sale.

Antique and vintage items are great when you are looking to decorate your home or office, or add to an existing collection, but do you know the difference between antique and vintage? In 1930, the United States passed a law defining antiques as an item produced prior to the year 1830. This was to help people distinguish the difference between vintage, reproduced, and antique items. However, that law became outdated and was changed in 1966 to simply define antique as an item that was at least 100 years or older. There are some conditions that were added to clarify repairs and restorations. Vintage items refer to items that are at least 20 years old. For example, an item from the 1950s would be vintage, not an antique.

Adding an antique, or a piece of vintage furniture, will add warmth, and conversation to your space, but how do you know what to look for? If you find a piece that sparks your interest take a closer look. Look at how it is made. Look for chips, cracks, stains or breaks. Do these imperfections add character or is your “find” about to fall apart? Ask the seller if they know the history of the piece. If you select a piece that requires alterations such as refinishing or reupholstering, keep in mind those endeavors can become costly and they would diminish the value of a truly antique piece.

Old pieces will look old. It’s a good idea to look in the crevices of the wood for dust and debris, use a flashlight if you need to. Older pieces are constructed with old fashioned hardware. Furniture will be held together with nails and not staples. If an item is handmade, the dovetail cuts won’t be perfect.

Talk to the exhibitors. Folks that travel to sell their wares at festivals love to meet other people and you will find they are have a wealth of knowledge they are willing to share, after all, this is the business they are in.

Your best bet is to be prepared by doing a little homework if you are considering an expensive purchase. Read books on Depression glass, or look at auction sites for specific items you may be interested in, such as an antique pie safe. With a price range from a couple hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars, my novice shopping skills and budget would restrict me to purchasing an imported reproduction pie safe for $49.95. But, even if you are no expert in antiques or vintage merchandise, shopping those items at the Shrimp Festival is still a lot of fun and this year I’ll be looking for old shop signs, nautical items, and of course, vintage jewelry.

2016 ANTIQUE VENDORS:

Terry and Carol Bodeker
Port Charlotte, FL
Antique glassware, pottery
Vintage jewelry, collectibles

Barbara and Frank Charboneau
Bushnell, FL
Small collectibles

Quoc Boa Chaw
Melbourne, FL
Antique ceramics, glassware, jade

Laura Czarnecki
Holly Hills, FL
Vintage collectibles, jewelry

George Diaz
Jacksonville, FL
Fossils, shark teeth

Christine & Christopher Dillon
Fernandina Beach
Antiques, folk art, wood carvings

Karen Eberly
Gainesville, FL
Vintage kimono, jackets
Jewelry, textiles

Janis Gager
Orlando, FL
Beads & collectibles

Jim and Lia Harmon
Harmony in Design
Middle River, MD
Antique silverware & gemstones
Made into unique wearable art

Randy Jesper
Dunnellin, FL
Antiques

Elizabeth Kiefer
Spring Hill, FL
Quilts, pottery, beads, jewelry

Paul Luczynski
Coconut Critters
Key Largo, FL
Antiques, glass, pottery

Ann McDaniel
Zephyrhills, FL
Antiques, collectibles, jewelry

Sue McDaniel
Pinellas Park, FL
Depression glass, pottery,
Old cameras

Marilyn Meredith
Meredith’s Antiques, Inc
Deerfield Beach, FL
Antiques, vintage collectibles
Silver jewelry

Arlene Minschel
Island Treasures
Fernandina Beach, FL
Antiques, collectibles, nautical

Debra Moffat
Jacksonville, FL
Antiques, recycled jewelry

Ronni Nagel
Jacksonville, FL
Handmade vintage fabric
Pillows and bags

John Netcher
Olde Tyme Antiques
Jewelry, nautical, glass, pottery
Art, small furniture

Genie O’Brien
Newberry, FL
Rocks, stones, fossils, jewelry

Victoria Pierce
St. Petersburg, FL
Jewelry, furniture, smalls

Tania Sante
Umatilla, FL
Men and women collectibles
furniture

Sandra Smith
Zephyrhills, FL
Antiques, collectibles

Bridget Zelnick
Groveland, FL
Antique glass, china
pottery

Shrimp Festival 2016 Entertainment Line-up

shrimp-at-the-festivalThe entertainment schedule has been confirmed for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival coming to historic Fernandina Beach April 28 – May 1, 2016. Come for the arts, the crafts, the food, the antiques, the Kids Fun Zone, the Pirates, the official T-shirt and souvenirs, the free concerts, the shrimp boats, the demonstrations, or just come to people watch, the Shrimp Festival offers something for everyone!

The activities kick-off with a Pirate Parade held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Sponsored by the Fernandina’s Residence Inn Marriott on Sadler Road, this year’s parade theme is, “Celebration of All American Shrimp.” If you arrive hungry, Memorial United Methodist Church will be having their annual Spaghetti Dinner on North Sixth Street, in Maxwell Hall from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., dinner for adults is $8.00 per plate, and $5.00 for children.

Friday’s activities begin early with the Historical Fernandina Business Association’s Annual Sidewalk Sale. Downtown merchants are marking deep discounts and you should take advantage of this great sale!

Friday evening, the expanded Kids Fun Zone, located at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue, is celebrating Family Appreciation Night. Purchase a Ride-All-Night wrist band for $20.00 and rides are included from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. This is a family night of fun with rides, activities and interactive entertainment featuring shows by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and JuggleSTUFF throughout the night.

2015-miss-shrimp-festivalThe official Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday evening on the Riverfront Stage at 6:00 pm, with the distribution of scholarships to the winners and runners-up of the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant by Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”, beginning at 6:30. Enjoy sponsor booths, a marine exhibit, tour a real shrimp boat, and feast on delicious fare from a variety of food booths, all operated by Nassau County’s non-profit organizations, located on the waterfront all evening. At 7:15 the Pirate Parade Awards will be given and then Chicago Blues Night comes to Amelia Island! Presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society, Mud Morganfield (the son of Muddy Waters) will take the stage at 7:30. At 9:00 there is the exciting Invasion of the Pirates as they come booming up the river and take over the stage, followed by a brilliant presentation of fireworks at 9:15. Stick around; after the fireworks the Blues Man of the South, Gitlo Lee, will take the stage until the festivals activities end at 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 30th, brings the opening of nearly 400 arts, crafts, antique, and food booths throughout the downtown area from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Kids Fun Zone will be open all day with shows by Rick Hubbard, and JuggleSTUFF, with the addition of the Mason’s Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Pirate in Training Contest (ages 5 and under) and the Little Pirate Contest (ages 6 and up) at 10:00 a.m. At 11:00, the dancers from the Bean School of Dance will delight audiences, and at 3:30 the Fernandina Pirates Club will help the youngsters, “Learn to be a Pirate”.

On the Riverfront Stage the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble performs at 10:00 a.m. and you’ll be dancing in the streets to the band DRB at 11:00. At 12:30, bring your beards to the 49th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest, sponsored by The Marina Restaurant, and at 1:00 p.m. those gnarly Pirates will invade once more. You are encouraged to put on your best pirate attire and enter the G-Rated, Best Adult Pirate Contest, sponsored by SearchAmelia.com (Yep, that’s us!) at 1:30, and then enjoy the amazing, combined sounds of the guitar and the didgeridoo, by Dominic Gaudious at 4:00 p.m. The Contest Registration Booth, located at the Riverfront Stage, will open one hour prior to contests held in the riverfront area.

Gin-Blossoms-PHOTO BY_ Sakiphotography-shrimp-festivalThe Gin Blossoms take the Riverfront Stage for a FREE concert at 4:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon and will have you dancing and singing along to their Top 40 Hits like Hey Jealousy, Follow You Down, ‘Til I Hear it From You, Found Out About You, and Allison Road. Festivities end at 6:00 p.m.

A full day of fun is expected from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the all of the exhibitors and vendors returning on Sunday. The Kids Fun Zone will be open all day with more performances of the Kazoobie Show and JuggleSTUFF. Pak’s Karate Academy will offer a demonstration at 11:00 a.m. and the kids will delight as they “Learn to be a Pirate” at noon, or again at 3:30 p.m.

randy-cuthrell-wreath-search-ameliaThe Riverfront Stage will offer a Sunday Morning Celebration at 11:00 a.m., and at 1:30 all eyes turn to the river for the Blessing of the Fleet, Laying of the Wreath, and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade and Contest. The Party Band of the South, the Swingin’ Medallions will take the stage at 2:30, with a Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest (think shrimp ice cream), and Shrimp Boat Awards at 3:30. The Swingin’ Medallions will take the stage for another set at 4:00, and play until the festival ends at 5:00 p.m.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is easy to find, just come to Amelia Island in Northeast Florida and follow the signs to Park and Ride, where you can find easy, stress-free parking for only $10.00 per carload, and then catch a free, air-conditioned shuttle to and from the Shrimp Festival.
For more information, find them on facebook or visit ShrimpFestival.com.

Radko Ornament for 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Exclusive Radko Ornament for 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Christmas ornament, designed by The Christopher Radko Company, is now available at The Christmas Shop on the River in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This year’s ornament, “Pierre Corsair” is an exclusive design, and part of a collectible set of ornaments with shrimp, pirates and other sea-worthy creations created just for the Shrimp Festival!

Pierre Corsair, blown from clear tempered glass, is injected with liquid sterling to give the ornament its luminescence. Hand painted details include Amelia Island’s eight flag history detailed on the ship’s wheel Pierre clings to. Careful attention is given to the delicate nature of his traditional pirate hat and accompanying head scarf. Pierre’s blue eyes sparkle and his rosy cheeks are reminiscent of Kris Kringle, though his jacket is green with golden trim. His red sateen pants are neatly tucked into his rugged black boots and the entire ornament is adorned with the fabulous trim and glitter giving the ornament its signature Radko “sparkle”.

Each Christopher Radko glass Christmas ornament is handmade using molds carved by hand. Craftsmen use the same process used during the Renaissance period in molding, glass blowing, lining with silver, painting and finishing the ornaments by hand to deliver the finest glass ornaments. It takes several weeks and an entire team of artists to create a Radko ornament.

The Christopher Radko brand of ornaments is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, and this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival exclusive ornament is a fine family heirloom.

The ornament sells for $74.99 and can be shipped for only $10.00 more. Pierre Corsair is available exclusively at all five Christmas Shop locations including the Christmas Shop in the Market and Christmas Shop on the River in Savannah, Georgia; the Christmas on the Harbor in Hilton Head, South Carolina; A Charleston Christmas in Charleston, South Carolina, and of course the Christmas Shop on the River located at 202 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

For more information about these limited edition ornaments, or to order yours, please call (904) 261-0747.

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

Gin Blossoms to Headline Shrimp Festival on April 30, 2016

PHOTO BY_ Sakiphotography

The Gin Blossoms will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at the 53rd Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and will take over the Riverfront Stage on April 30, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. This free concert will have you dancing and singing along to popular hits from the 90’s such as “Hey Jealousy,” “Allison Road,” “Until I Fall Away”, and “Found Out About You.” While grunge and hair band genre superstars were taking over the airwaves, the Gin Blossoms emerged with a lighter than alternative rock sound known as “jangle-pop” and found homes in four different radio formats rocketing the band into success, and a fan favorite on MTV.

Taking their name from a caption on a W.C. Fields photo, the Gin Blossoms have toured over 25 different Countries including a five city tour of Iraq in 2010. “It was so much fun to entertain our troops. It’s really insightful to see firsthand how our troops live in a combat zone. It really helped to broaden my understanding on the sacrifices they make to protect us at home and abroad. I hope all Americans understand how important it is for us to extend our thanks,” says Robin Wilson, lead vocalist of the band.

The bands fusion of Pop, melodic rock, Folk and Country elements took the airwaves by siege, making the band an MTV playlist hostage for almost a decade and the group a natural 90’s mainstay. From their breakout album through today, Robin, Jesse, Bill and Scotty have sold over 10 million records and are one of the most in demand bands. “We’re entertaining and we have chops,” says Wilson, “but it really comes down to the songs. The reason we’re still here is that we have good songs. When young musicians ask me for advice, ‘what’s the best thing to do to further my career’, I always say, ‘Write good songs.’ It always comes down to that.”

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off Thursday, April 28th with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade in downtown Fernandina. The festival is open from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday evening with a dedicated Kids’ Fun Zone at Central Park. Amelia Island’s riverfront welcomes Chicago Blues with a performance by the son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield. You can also enjoy food booths, a tour of the Georgia Bulldog shrimp boat, marine displays, sponsor booths, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, a Pirate Invasion, Fireworks, and Gitlo Lee – the Blues Man of the South.

Saturday’s hours are 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and nearly 400 vendors will display fine arts and crafts, and antiques. There will be contests, Pirates, an incredible line-up of entertainment, and of course, plenty of shrimp cooked lots of different ways. The festivities continue on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with the Laying of the Wreath Ceremony, the Blessing of the Fleet, and a Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade.

Consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events, visit ShrimpFestival.com for more information.

Change of Date for the Pirate Parade Safety Meeting

Change of Date for the Pirate Parade Safety MeetingThe 53rd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off with a 6:00 p.m. Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Sponsored by the Marriott Residence Inn on Amelia Island, every entry to the parade must send a representative to attend the mandatory safety meeting. Originally scheduled for April 21, 2016, please note the meeting date has changed to Friday, April 22, 2016.

Participants in the “Celebration of All American Shrimp” themed parade, should bring to the meeting their proof of liability insurance, available from your individual insurance carrier or available at the mandatory safety meeting, with prices ranging from $25.00 to $80.00. The meeting will be held at the Residence Inn on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, on April 22nd, at 5:30 p.m. Please arrive by 5:00 to receive your Parade Packets or earlier to obtain your required insurance before the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

For more information about the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

Chicago Blues Night at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Chicago Blues Night at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Mud Morganfield by Chris Monaghan

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is thrilled to announce their “Chicago Blues Night” featuring Mud Morganfield. Presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society, Muddy Waters’ first born son, Larry “Mud” Williams (born 1954), was raised by his mother and often heard the nicknames of “Muddy”, “Muddy Jr.” and “Little Muddy”, but he prefers Mud Morganfield and it is fitting. It’s uncanny how much he looks and sounds like his dad.

Jeff Malone, the president of the Amelia Island Blues Society recalls, “I first met Mr. Morganfield on September 14, 2013, when he arrived at the Amelia Island Blues Festival as the headliner just after the release of his ‘Son of the Seventh Son’ album. As a lifelong Blues fan, along with many others, I consider his father the undeniable godfather of Chicago Blues. After his performance I was reminded of the saying ‘the apple didn’t fall far from the tree’. Not only does he resemble his dad physically, he delivered a lyric in the same unique charismatic way committed completely to his craft.”

Since that September day in 2013 Mud Morganfield has won the 2013 Blues Blast Magazine Award, and the 36th Annual 2015 Blues Music Award for his cd “For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters” in the ‘Traditional Blues Album’ category. He also headlined the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival celebrating the 100th birthday of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

Malone added, “The Amelia Island Blues Society is proud to call Mud Morganfield a friend and look forward to his return to Amelia Island.”

Mud rarely saw his famous father and said, “He was always on the road working” but, as he notes, the old man was always there for him. “I always have played music. Pops used to buy me a set of drums every Christmas. I started off as a drummer and gradually went to playing bass…” Only recently has Mud stepped forward to embrace his musical gifts, a big voice that can only be compared to his daddy’s.

Mud is now ready to honor his pops and his music. “I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here. I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and will always be proud of him. I’m not Muddy Waters and I’m certainly not trying to be Muddy Waters. I’m Mud Morganfield. But when I’m up on stage I always feel Pops is there with me and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world.”

gitlo-leeFollowing Opening Ceremonies at 6:00, and the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front Hotel, at 6:30, Mud Morganfield will take the Isle of Eight Flag’s Shrimp Festival Riverfront Stage on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s line-up continues with the Invasion of the Pirates at 9:00, a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15, and Gitlo Lee, the Blues man of the South, who takes the stage at 9:30 with a three-piece blues group set to close the festival at 10:00 p.m.

Located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, this 53rd Annual event features a four day multi-genre festival including A Fine Arts and Crafts Show, A Music Festival, A Food Festival, An Antique Festival, and A Family Festival all rolled into one long and festive weekend!

The concert and festival are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm Miss Shrimp Festival 2016 Scholarship Pageant
(Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front Hotel)
7:30pm Mud Morganfield
(Sponsored by Amelia Island Blues Society)
9:00pm Invasion of the Pirates
9:15pm Fireworks
9:30pm Gitlo Lee
10:00pm End of entertainment at the Riverfront Stage

Meet the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Executive Committee

Meet the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Executive CommitteeIt takes a full year of planning and dozens of volunteers to organize the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival held in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida. Always held the first weekend in May, the 53rd Annual Festival will be held April 28, 29 and 30, and May 1, 2016.

This exciting festival offers something for everyone. It is an Arts and Crafts Festival with an exceptional display of antiques and collectibles. In addition, there are over 350 award winning and talented artists who specialize in jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, sculptures of clay, metal, wood and fiber, apparel, and more. It is a Family Festival with kid-friendly events, booths, entertainment and attractions, including a newly expanded, dedicated Kids Fun Zone. The Shrimp Festival is also a Music Festival with three days of non-stop national, regional and local entertainment. And, of course, it is a Food Festival with shrimp and seafood dishes aplenty, all prepared to tempt any craving by Nassau County non-profit organizations.

Shrimp Festival Chairman Harry Harrison said, “When I was first asked to help with the Shrimp Festival, I never knew how many dedicated folks it took to make this four day event successful. Now as Chairman, I see how hard this group of people work, year around and for free, to insure that the Shrimp Festival is the very best. I could not ask for a more dedicated group of volunteers.”

This non-profit organization is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors and run 100% by talented and ambitious volunteers in the community. They oversee a variety of aspects within the festival such as Food Booths, Logistics, Merchandise, Publicity, Transportation, Beverages Sales, Hospitality, Parade, Opening Ceremonies and the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, just to name a few. These Directors are involved in everything, from organizing the Artists to hauling off the trash. Generously willing to be hands-on, they work long shifts outdoors, and interact with the exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, and guests respectfully. It takes a village to put on a world-class festival, and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival could not function without the volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and skills.

The Festival’s Vice Chair Pat Kaminski, who has been a volunteer with the Shrimp Festival for over 20 years, added, “I have worked on the committee all these years because I believe the Shrimp Festival is vital to this community. Where else can all our non-profits make that kind of money in such a short amount of time? They work very hard that one weekend, then have the money they need for scholarships and all the other good things they do the rest of the year.”

The 2016 Festival kicks-off on Thursday, April 28th, in downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, with the popular Pirate Parade that starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. the Kids Fun Zone located at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue, and Fernandina’s historic waterfront, come alive with food booths, giveaways, live music, Opening Ceremonies, and the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant. This year the Festival is celebrating “Chicago Blues Night” on Friday, featuring Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ first born son. Presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society, this amazing concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Pirate Invasion, fireworks, and a street dance! The activities end at 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 29th, the festival expands to include hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, antiques and collectibles exhibitors, and more delicious food booths. There will be contests, live music, and of course, scores of pirates, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fernandina Beach is the “Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry” and the festivities continue Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by honoring our shrimp boat fleet with an emotional Wreath Ceremony, a Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade, and the Blessing of the Fleet. Enjoy the arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, Kids Fun Zone, the food, and so much more until the festival closes with the South’s favorite party band, The Swingin’ Medallions.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. Admission to the festival is FREE!

Pictured (left to right)
Executive Board Member Christine Scott, Vice Chairperson Pat Kaminski, Executive Board Member Roger Wasik, Festival Chairman Harry Harrison, Secretary Mary Sikes, Treasurer Dawn Lunt, and Executive Board Member Mel Aiken.

Not pictured is Immediate Past Chair Wanda Hair.

Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant Now Accepting Applications for 2016

Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant Now Accepting Applications for 2016Applications are now being accepted for the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Historic Harbor Front Hampton Inn & Suites. Entrants must be high school level juniors and seniors currently attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but may attend high school in another county to enter. The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the title of Miss Shrimp Festival. Scholarships will also be awarded to the First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, and Miss Congeniality.

Pageant contestant requirements include attending pageant rehearsals on Sundays, taking part in the Contestant Dinner and Interview held Wednesday, April 27th, riding on the parade float on April 28th, and of course, participating in the pageant on Friday evening, April 29, 2016. Russell Colburn of Fox 30 News will emcee the pageant.

The newly crowned 2016 Miss Shrimp Festival will need to be available for the entire Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival weekend to make several appearances throughout the festival including the Little Pirate Contest, the Beard Contest and participate as a judge in the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade on Sunday.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp!

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival begins Friday, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 6:30 p.m., though many sponsorship booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open as early as 4:00 p.m. On Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with over 400 arts and crafts booths joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2016, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Applications are available at Nassau County high schools, or you may email Pageant Director Crystal Haney at pageant@shrimpfestival.com, or call (912) 674-3316.

For more information please visit the official website at ShrimpFestival.com.

2016 Pirate Parade in Fernandina is a Celebration of All American Shrimp

2016-shrimp-festival-paradeApplications are now being accepted for the Pirate Parade to be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016, as a kick-off to the 53rd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year’s Grand Marshall of the Parade is Captain Speedy, a man dedicated to the shrimping industry for over 45 years.

Your 2016 Parade Theme is: “Celebration of All American Shrimp

Sponsored by the Marriott Residence Inn on Amelia Island, your business or organization can be a part of the Pirate Parade, too, simply fill out a Parade Application by April 21st, a Participation Agreement and pay your entry fee. Parade entry fees range from $35.00 for a non-profit organization, to a fee of $85.00 for political candidates. Also, each parade entry must have proof of liability insurance, available from your individual insurance carrier or available at the mandatory safety meeting, with prices ranging from $25.00 to $80.00. The meeting will be held at the Residence Inn on Sadler Road in Fernandina Beach, on April 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Parade entries will be judged in the following categories:
-Commercial or commercially sponsored non-profit
-Non-profit or civic organization
-Walking group
-Band or performing group

A bonus award will also be given to the entry with the Best Special Effects. Winners will be contacted following the parade so a representative can be at the Main Stage of the Shrimp Festival to receive their award during the presentation on Friday evening.

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival is Friday, April 29th, at 6:00 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 6:30 p.m. After the Pageant, you’ll want to stick around for a Chicago Blues Night concert presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society and featuring Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ first born son. All booths located at the foot of Centre Street, along the waterfront in historic Fernandina Beach, will be open on Friday. The Kids Fun Zone, located at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue, will also be open Friday evening.

Saturday, April 30th, the festival gets bigger with over 350 arts and crafts vendors joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be contests, demonstrations, scores of pirates and nationally recognized entertainment. Sunday, May 1, 2016, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., featuring the Swingin’ Medallions on the Waterfront Stage.
The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! Best of all… admission to the festival is FREE!

The deadline to enter the 2016 Pirate Parade is April 21, 2016. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

It Took Weeks to Edit 2015 Shrimp Festival Images

It Took Weeks to Edit 2015 Shrimp Festival ImagesIt takes weeks to edit the thousands and thousands of pictures and video shot at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Local photographer, Helmut Albrecht, of Slices of Life Photo Studio, has an outstanding seventh, or maybe eighth natural sense when it comes to capturing time… it is indeed a gift. And as it turns out, his wife Peggy, has quite an eye for photography, too!

Nearly a month after the Shrimp Festival, Helmut was able to finish putting together his Shrimp Festival 2015 slideshow.

Here is the slideshow:

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival 2015 from Slices of Life Photostudio on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

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2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

2015 Miss Shrimp Festival Winners

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The 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival scholarship pageant, sponsored by The Hampton Inn and Suites Harbor Front, was held on Friday night, May 1, 2015.

Just over a dozen Nassau County junior and senior high school girls competed for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Winning Miss Congeniality was Miss Baily Wall.

Kate Walker was the 2nd Runner-up

Megan Combs was the 1st Runner-up

… and Miss Zoe Stein in the new, 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival, replacing the 2014 winner Miss Graham Jewel.

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Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015

Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winners 2015The 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was held under near perfect weather conditions, shattering past attendance records.

The Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Winner for 2015 are as follows:

First Place went to Captain and Owner Jeff “Trapper” Parrish and the 72-foot Jet Stream out of Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Captain Parrish’s First Place prizes included $1,350 cash, a $500 fuel allowance, a quality 11 inch knife provided by Rhineland Cutlery, and a commemorative plaque.

shrimp-boat-winner-12nd Place went to Judge. A 78-footer from Townsend, Georgia, run by Captain Randy Cuthrell and owned by Jack Gore.

3rd Place winner was the Miss Alena, from Brunswick, Georgia. This 90-foot beauty is captained by Michael Thompson, Speedy Tostensen owner.

4th Place went to Captain Marty Collins of the 91-foot Forgiven of South Port, Florida, owned by Gerald Miller.

5th Place was secured by Captain Tommy Williams and Capt Jack. A 78-foot shrimp boat from Brunswick, Georgia, also owned by Speedy Tostensen.

6th Place went to the 98-foot Miss Carolyn Louise of Jacksonville, Florida. The ship’s captain and owner is Lee Vogelsons.

Also participating in the Boat Parade was Captain Lindsey Parker and the GA Bulldog, a 72-foot research vessel owned and operated by the University of Georgia Marine Extension/Sea Grant Program.

Other prizes included:
2nd Place
$600 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

3rd Place
$350 Cash
Try Net provided by Burbank Sprots Nets
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

4th Place
$250 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

5th Place
$150 Cash
Quality nine-inch knife by Rhineland Cutlery

Additional boats received a seven-inch knife from Rhineland Cutlery.

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What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2015, with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.

There will be a fantastic sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, and hosted by the merchants of the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Shrimp Festival officially opens at 5:30 PM with live musical entertainment by the band DRB.

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the expanded Kids Fun Zone will be open at its new location at Central Park, in the 1200 block of Atlantic Avenue. There will be several activities such as a rock climbing wall, Zippy Pets, a giant slide, and a power jump. There will be vendors, an art show, food booths, ponies, puppets and much, much more. Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and Ben Mathews JuggleSTUFF will be entertaining kids of all ages with shows held throughout the evening.

From 5:30 to 10:30 PM, the downtown waterfront offers live music, and colorful pirates. Tasty dishes like a low country boil, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, Cajun shrimp, fried shrimp, and other seafood dishes will be cooking in food booths operated by local non-profit charities to satisfy your cravings. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 on the main stage, followed by the popular Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant and the Pirate Parade Awards. After the sun has set you can dance in the street while the band plays familiar songs, and peruse the booths located near the harbor like Action News, Coca Cola, the Shrimp Festival merchandise tent, or check out what the Pirates have displayed in their booth this year. You won’t want to miss taking a tour of the University of Georgia’s “Georgia Bulldog”, a fully operational shrimp boat. But be prepared for mayhem, because at 9:30 the Invasion of the Pirates takes place immediately before the spectacular fireworks show. The party continues until the festival closes at 10:30.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, the Kids Fun Zone and the waterfront vendors are joined by over 350 booths full of fine arts and crafts, and antiques. These additional booths can be found lining all of Centre Street, and a block north and south on every cross road, from the waterfront’s railroad tracks to Eight Street.

At 9:30 the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble will take the waterfront stage, and in the Kids Fun Zone, The Pirate in Training (ages 0 to 5) and the Little Pirate Contests (ages 6 and up) begin at 10:00. The dancers from Bean School of Dance with perform at 11:00.

Bring your bearded friends to the waterfront stage at 10:30 and encourage them to enter the 48th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest. At 11:00, Fresh From Florida and Georgia Grown will be offering a Cooking Demonstration by Celebrity Chefs Justin Timineri (Florida) and Holly Chute (Georgia). At noon, beware, for those Fernandina Pirates will invade Amelia Island and storm up Centre Street.

The afternoon brings a new and promising voice in country music to the waterfront’s main stage with Bryan Mayer performing at 1:00 PM. Dominic Gaudious, a passionate artist on both the twelve string guitar and the Australian Didgeridoo, will play a short set at 4:00, just before The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Shrimp Festival Committee, Northeast Florida Blues Society and RockTenn, you will likely recognize Edgar Winter’s hits Free Ride and Frankenstein. This rock and blues legend will play until the festivities end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Sunday begins with the Kids Fun Zone, the waterfront, and all of the arts, crafts and antique booths opening at 10:00 AM for your pleasure. In the Fun Zone Pak’s Karate will offer a demonstration at 11:00, or you can Learn to be a Pirate at 3:30 with the Fernandina Pirates Club. Performances continue throughout the weekend by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show as well as JuggleSTUFF with Ben Mathews.

Sunday’s waterfront entertainment includes Back From the Brink, a bluegrass and country band at 11:00 AM, and local cover group, Decades Band, takes the stage at noon. River activities begin at 1:30 with the Blessing of the Fleet, the Laying of the Wreath and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest. The party band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions perform from 2:30 to 3:30, but during their break at 3:30 the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest takes place, where contestants race each other to finish a variety of ice cream flavors including shrimp ice cream. The Swingin’ Medallions hit the stage again at 4:00 for another exciting set and the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival official closes at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is FREE!

Parking is available on Friday at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, for only $10.00. This includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle ride to and from the festival from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

Parking is available at both FBHS and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine Street, on Saturday and Sunday, for $10.00, shuttle fee included. Saturday shuttle hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parking is also available at Buccaneer Field, South 11th Street and Beech Street, for $10.00; this is within walking distance of the festival and the Kids Fun Zone.

For more information please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot Closures

2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot ClosuresPublic Notice: FESTIVAL NOTICE OF STREET & PARKING LOT CLOSURES

EFFECTIVE FOR SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the Shrimp Festival: City Waterfront Parking Lot A and B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, April 29th until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd. City Waterfront Parking Lots C, and D, the Library Parking Lot and the parking lot at 2nd and Alachua will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 1st, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash and Alachua Streets, from 8th Street to the waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping. Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized cars will be towed.

Any vehicle issued a Festival Parking Permit must fill in the information requested and prominently display the hang tag on the rear view mirror. Vehicles which park improperly, but display a hang tag with no information, will be subject to towing, at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalAll images are courtesy of Ms Rosa Adams.

In November, 1963, a well-educated woman from Kentucky, Rosa Adams, the full-time supervisor of the Marina Welcome Center located in Fernandina Beach, was invited to attend a meeting where shrimp boat owners felt they could create something larger than a simple shrimp boat race. With her experience in public relations, that idea has grown into an annual festival with over 150,000 visitors expected in 2015. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, celebrates its 52nd annual event May 1 – 3, 2015.

The original founders of the Shrimp Boat Festival were Chairman Melvin Dougherty, Co-chair Billy Burbank, Photographer Karl Holland, and Publicity Chairman Rosa B. Adams.

This year, the Shrimp Festival Committee, along with the community, will show Rosa Adams their heartfelt appreciation by recognizing her as the 2015 Grand Marshall. The festivities begin when she takes her place at 6:00 PM, riding in the Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th, the traditional kick-off to this amazing weekend in Northeast Florida.

Having served on and off of the Shrimp Festival Committee for over 20 years, listening to Miss Rosa reminisce of the earliest days of the Festival took me back in history. At the time of the inaugural Shrimp Festival you could purchase a man’s short sleeved dress shirt for only $2.99 at Partin’s on Atlantic Avenue, and a one pound can of Maxwell House coffee was just 48 cents at Food Fair.

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The teepee shaped Marina Welcome Station was a joint venture of the Florida Development Commission and the City of Fernandina Beach. The only state-staffed and maintained marina welcome station in the world, at the time, this was the first marina stop in the state if you were heading south. Employed by the Florida Development Commission, she welcomed the mariners with clean showers, tourism brochures, up-to-date maps of the waterways, and samples of Florida’s famous orange juice. This was a time when electronic communications consisted of the teletype machine, and NOAA weather reports came from the Jacksonville airport weather office at Imeson Field.

Hugh Stone of Standard Oil would tell people, “Stop at the welcome center in Fernandina Beach and ask for Rosa Adams and you’ll get the best information.”

1972-award-rosa-adamsBefore Adams involvement in what was locally known as the “Shrimp Boat Festival”, Fernandina Beach was virtually unknown, except for a few business leaders in Jacksonville. Ruth Brown, executive secretary of the Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce once wrote, “We feel most fortunate to have a lady of Mrs. Adams caliber to work with in our joint endeavors to promote tourism in the Fernandina Beach area and in the State of Florida as we feel that she is symbolic of public relations in its best form.”

Once she began promoting the area and it’s Championship Shrimp Boat Races on television, radio, and print media, both nationally and internationally, wealthy developers, and businessmen in Tallahassee, began to take notice of Fernandina Beach… “And the rest”, they say, “Is history.”

In 1972, Miss Rosa received a plaque, shaped like the state of Florida that read, “Presented with deep appreciation to Rosa B. Adams for untiring effort and outstanding contributions to Eight Flags Shrimp Boat Races by Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce.” Mrs. Adams’ professional and personal contributions have been recognized widely by a variety of civic organizations and clubs in Florida and the U. S.

Married to the late Don Adams, Miss Rosa’s most important duty was that of wife and mother. The couple raised three children working shoulder to shoulder with the most highly respected people, locally and around the world. Taught as children to treat all people in a fair and equal tone, the couple retired in 1995.

Of herself she wrote, “Ms. Rosa Adams, the writer, was born during the Great Depression in the foothills of Kentucky, crying, naked, wet and hungry.”

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