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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Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp Festival

Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp FestivalExecutive Chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture Offer Cooking Demonstration at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Justin-timineri-Florida-chefInternational Culinary Ambassador Chef Justin Timineri, representing the State of Florida and the “Fresh From Florida” brand, is a certified executive chef, author, and television personality. In 2006 he won the Food Network Challenge, Great American Seafood Cook-off, in New Orleans where he held the title of having the country’s best domestic seafood dish.

Justin’s responsibilities include promoting Florida’s many outstanding commodities and he has participated in many high profile events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he showcased Florida’s cuisine to medal winners and Olympic legends at the USA house. He has been the event chef for NASCAR, PGA, and the Kentucky Derby.

Most recently Chef Justin can be seen nationally on the Cooking Channel where he is a guest on several episodes on Emeril Lagasse’s new TV show “Emeril’s Florida”. He is also the resident chef on the award winning television series “How to do Florida”.

Justin was raised in Florida and his straight forward approach to cooking relies on simple ingredients combined with fresh seasonal produce.

holly-chute-Georgia-ChefExecutive Chef Holly Chute represents the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the state’s largest economic sector. She serves as a liaison between Georgia’s farmers/producers and the food service industry. Chef Holly is one of the most visible faces of the popular “Georgia Grown” program and appears regularly at festivals and community events.

Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion under six administrations, one political observer remarked, “Georgia Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: Holly’s cooking.” She has welcomed foreign heads of state, former US presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and members of England’s Royal family with her southern style that showcases Georgia’s fresh, agricultural products. She has cooked alongside many celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Todd English and Paula Deen. Of her many honors and accolades, she considers Jeff Foxworthy’s request for a doggy bag (to take home extra fried chicken) to be a most memorable achievement.

On May 2, 2015, Chefs Timineri and Chute will share their collective expertise in a cooking demonstration during the Shrimp Festival. You won’t want to miss this spectacular culinary event featuring selective dishes of fresh, wild-caught, local shrimp. The event takes place at the waterfront in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. There is no admission fee to attend.

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2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

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Steve Whitlock worked as a fishing guide and sportsman, leading him to a rewarding career as a wildlife artist and marine illustrator. This Florida native has over 40 years experience fishing, hunting and exploring the wild places most people never see and this is evident in his winning design for the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt.

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.

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Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2nd

The Edgar Winter Band to Headline Shrimp Festival on May 2ndThe Edgar Winter Band will be headlining Saturday’s entertainment at 4:30 pm, on May 2, 2015, at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida. With hits like “Frankenstein” and the popular “Free Ride”, front man Edgar Winter was a child prodigy who achieved international success early on. Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium – music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar’s music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop.

This special Saturday afternoon concert is being co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Northeast Florida Blues Society, and RockTenn.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom, and his live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. Edgar Winter_BW-600He continues to thrill audiences with his performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held May 1 -3, 2015, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Admission is free. Enjoy nearly 400 arts and craft booths, antiques, food vendors, wild caught shrimp, a Kids Fun Zone, scores of pirates, contests and so much more.

Saturday’s performances will also include the Fernandina Beach Highs School Jazz Ensemble at 9:30 am. This will be their final Shrimp Festival performance under the direction of longtime FBHS Band Director Johnnie Robinson, who is retiring at the end of this school year.

Bryan Mayer Trailer Wrap Picture 1-7-151:00 pm brings CMT Country Music Artist Bryan Mayer to the waterfront stage. He was nominated by his fans for the 2014 Carolina Music Awards for Best Male Country Artist and Music Video of the Year. Bryan is a 6’ 7” North Carolina native, and if you’re looking to add a new and promising Country voice and talent to your playlist, look no further than Country music’s future BIG MAN, Bryan Mayer.

Dominic Gaudious returns to the Shrimp Festival again this year performing a short set, at 4:00 pm, just before the Edgar Winters Band takes the stage. His passion in the contemplative world of Classical/World Beat music, Dominic works mainly with six and twelve-string acoustic guitars and exotic instruments such as the Australian Didgeridoo.

For more information about the festival, or to see Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s complete line-up of entertainment, visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All

2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for AllApplications are now being accepted for the Pirate Parade to be held on April 30, 2015, as a kick-off to the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year’s Grand Marshall of the Parade is Rosa Adams, one of the original founders of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Your 2015 Parade Theme is: “Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All.”

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 23rd, 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.

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, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m. Many waterfront booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with nearly 400 arts and crafts vendors joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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 Pirate Parade is April 23, 2015. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications

Miss Shrimp Festival 2015 Now Accepting Applications Amelia Island, FL – Applications 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 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.

The first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach. Contestants meet weekly to learn the choreography of the opening sequence of the pageant, and to prepare for this highly anticipated event. The competition starts with a judge’s interview and dinner catered by Chick-fil-A the Wednesday before the pageant. On Thursday night the contestants make their first appearance in the Pirate’s Parade, riding the route on boats furnished by Redmond Yachts. On Friday, May 1, 2015, Russell Colburn of Fox 30 News will emcee the pageant. The newly crowned 2015 Miss Shrimp Festival will make several appearances throughout the weekend, help with the Little Pirate Contest, the Beard Contest and participate as a judge in the 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, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m., though many sponsorship booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. On Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with over 300 arts and crafts booths joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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

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Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits

Shrimp Festival has Food Booth Openings for Nassau Non-profits Applications are being accepted for additional food booths to set up during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival until February 28, 2015. More food booths are needed in both the Kids Fun Zone and the main area of the Shrimp Festival. To be considered, you must be a non-profit organization within Nassau County, Florida. Many of our food booths make the majority of their annual budgets by being a part of this popular festival, always held the first weekend in May.

Fresh, local shrimp is a staple at the festival and with over 100,000 attendees to be fed, this is an excellent opportunity. The Kids Fun Zone has expanded into a larger area for 2015 and that also means more games, more rides, more entertainment and we are in need of more kid-friendly foods.

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!

To be accepted into the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, all food booths must be organized, staffed and run by a Nassau County, Florida, non-profit organization. No commercial food vendors are permitted!

To apply for a food booth please forward your non-profit information/certificate/EIN number, contact names and phone numbers, and proposed menu and pricing to foodbooths@shrimpfestival.com.

The dates of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are Friday, May 1, 2015, from 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm; Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Annual Pirates’ Parade will be held on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 6:00 pm.

For more information visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp Festival

Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp FestivalThe application deadline to exhibit your art at the 52nd Annual Island of Eight Flags Arts and Crafts Show is January 31, 2015.

Applications to have your arts and crafts on display at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are now being accepted.

This show is an annual juried event and 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! This is an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work. Over 135, 000 visitors are expected for the 2-day art show.

All accepted artists are eligible for prize money. A panel of judges will review the entire show and select which artist’s work is eligible for the prizes. Categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and pastels, fiber art, drawing and print making, glass, pottery, photography, metal, jewelry, wood, and creative crafts (Baskets, floral, shell art etc.) Best in Show receives $2,500, First Place $1,200, Second Place $800, Third Place $500, and each individual category will have a Judge’s Choice Award of $300.00.

The dates of the art show are Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download your official 2015 Shrimp Festival Application at islandart.org/shrimp-festival-application/. Remember, the submission deadline is January 31, 2015. For more information visit IslandArt.org or ShrimpFestival.com.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Expands Kids Fun Zone

pirate-jason-with-giant-shrimp-2The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, is expanding the Kids Fun Zone. Now located at Central Park, on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, the bigger and better location will permit the Festival Committee to bring you more vendors, more activities, more entertainment and more fun!

Kids Zone Festival Chair Catherine Eleazer said, “We’ve outgrown our location; it was too crowded.” The new location offers the extra space to add more kid friendly booths, games and other concessions. “Every year, I have to turn away vendors who would be a great addition to the Shrimp Festival,” Catherine added. “The Kids Zone really brings people together. I stay in touch with many of the exhibitors’ year ’round, it’s like one big, happy family!”

The upcoming 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off with a 6 o’clock Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th. Then on Friday, historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida is transformed into a festive weekend of art, pirates, music, and shrimp! There is a juried art show with over 300 artisans competing for more than $7,500 in cash awards. In addition there will be 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 of course, the newly expanded Kids Fun Zone, in its more convenient location, with children’s rides and activities, family friendly entertainment and more of the foods kids love.

The Kids Fun Zone will be open:
Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and
Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor in the Kids Fun Zone, please send your contact information and pictures of your booth or products to Catherine Eleazer, 2108 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Admission is FREE for the entire festival!

For more information visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being Accepted

Official Shrimp Festival T-shirt Designs Now Being AcceptedSubmissions are now being accepted for the official 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-shirt and merchandise design.

The winning T-shirt design will be used as the official design for the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on apparel, marketing and advertising pieces, plus other items as needed. Past designs have included shrimp, shrimp boats, the eight flags of Amelia Island, pirates, pirate boats, downtown Fernandina Beach architecture, shrimp nets, game fish and other ideas pertaining to the history of the Shrimp Festival. The T-shirt designs for the past thirteen years and a history of the eight flags are available at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

The selected design must be an original piece of art conceived and executed by the submitting artist. The design will become the exclusive property of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. The artist may be asked to minimally alter the design for acceptance, if necessary (i.e. change in color, font or historical aspect). If chosen, in consideration of the promise to pay $1,000 (or otherwise negotiated), the entrant will assign all rights, ownership and title for its use to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Inc. for use in promoting the Shrimp Festival via marketing, advertising and selling T-shirts and other merchandise containing the design, or other production purposes, in perpetuity. Artist signature may inconspicuously appear on the design, subject to Selection Committee approval of placement.

Download your request for proposal and all of the details from the Shrimp Festival website: ShrimpFestival.com. The submission deadline is November 15, 2014.

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52nd Shrimp Festival Board of Directors

52nd Shrimp Festival Board of Directors

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.

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Fernandina’s Shrimp Festival to Appear on Eating America

Fernandina's Shrimp Festival to Appear on Eating AmericaThe Food Network has made a few changes to the program they will be airing that was filmed during the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp festival. What was to be titled Food Fest Nation and premier on July 21st, then the 29th, is now titled Eating America and will begin airing July 28, 2014 – but you may want to check your local listing for the most recent information.

Here is the latest from the Food Network’s website:

On the new series Eating America, premiering Tuesday, July 28 at 9|8c, host Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country. Food Network fans may recognize Anthony Anderson from Chopped, where he competed on a special holiday episode, and from Iron Chef America, where he’s been a frequent judge. This food lover is now taking on a new venture in Food Fest Nation, tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists on favorite dishes. Anthony will get to the belly of what is truly at the heart of America — one food festival at a time.

In this eight-episode series, Anthony visits some of the most unusual food fairs around the country. Not only does he try the local specialties, but he also meets the people who create them, including a few unforgettable characters.

Here’s a list of the festivals Anthony will be visiting:
Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival — Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Texas Crab Festival — Crystal Beach, Texas
Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off — Magnolia, Ark.
New Orleans Food Experience
Ribfest Chicago
Blue Ridge BBQ Festival — Tryon, N.C.
Long Grove Strawberry Festival — Long Grove, Ill.
Rockwood Ice Cream Festival — Wilmington, Del.

Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2014/06/new-series-food-fest-nation/?oc=linkback

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Video of Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant 2014

Video of Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant 2014

One of the most popular Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival events is the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant.

In 2014, 17 young women from Nassau County, Florida, entered the annual pageant sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”.

After weekend rehearsals led by Pageant Chair Crystal Molchin and Choreographer Kristin Conner, the girls attended a dinner party where they were interviewed by the pageant judges.

Russell Colburn of Action News was the emcee for the pageant and judges include Bob Ramshaw of the Hampton Inn and Suites; Shannon Brown, vice president of the Fernandina Beach Vystar Credit Union; and Nancy Burnett, a former contestant in the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant.

Want to know who won? Check out the video below:

The 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is behind us and volunteer committee members are already in the planning stages for Shrimp Festival 2015.

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