2014 Shrimp Festival Video Recap

2014 Shrimp Festival RecapTeam SearchAmelia snapped well over 13,000 images, and shot hours upon hours of video during the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. Eight weeks later we’ve sorted through enough of the footage to offer this four and 1/2 minute video recap of the weekend’s exciting activities:

Beginning with the parade, which returned to Thursday evening, the video takes you through the weekend including cameos of Actors Anthony Anderson and Edgar Hansen, scenes from the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, the Pirate Invasions, the Little Pirate contests, the Wreath Ceremony and the Blessing of the Fleet and more. Of course, wrapping up the weekend was the traditional performance by The Swingin’ Medallions.

Even with the rain showers on Friday and Saturday the festival was a huge success thanks to an incredible team of volunteers that make up the Shrimp Festival Committee.

This year included a treat from Fresh From Florida Seafood who brought Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern, as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”, to the Festival. Another celebrity, Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, The Departed), appeared during the Shrimp Festival to shoot an episode of Food Fest Nation, which will air on Monday, July 21 at 9:00 PM ET. Trust us, it was difficult to keep quiet about this exciting exposure for Amelia Island. Up until the Food Network began advertising this new, eight episode series, we were sworn to secrecy, so you didn’t see any press about the program being filmed during the festival.

In the next few weeks look for event-specific videos and galleries of the Shrimp Festival as we put them together right here at SearchAmelia.com.

Special thanks to photographers Robin Childers and Kimberly Kappal who have never said, “no” to shooting our often odd requests.

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Fernandina Appears in Food Fest Nation on the Food Network

Fernandina Appears in Food Fest Nation on the Food NetworkSource: Food Network – A Food Network press release recently announced their new show, Food Fest Nation is set to premier on Monday, July 21st at 9pm ET/PT.

Editors note: The film is now titled Eating America and will premier on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Anthony Anderson is on a mission to discover the most flavorful food festivals in the country tasting everything from classic interpretations of regional fare to surprising twists of favorite foods. Anthony uncovers what is truly at the heart of America, one delicious food festival at a time.

“Viewers got a taste of Anthony Anderson’s true passion for food during his appearances as a judge on Iron Chef America and Chopped,” said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. “Anthony’s love of food, quick humor, and engaging way with people make him the perfect guide through the quirky and wonderful world of food festivals.”

Over the course of eight half-hour episodes, Anthony visits the most unique food fairs in the nation, sampling local specialties and meeting the characters devoted to the regional cuisine. Along the way, Anthony visits the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida and highlights delicious classics such as shrimp tacos, shrimp boil and shrimp jambalaya, as well as innovative shrimp ice cream. In one episode, he attends the Magnolia Blossom Festival & World Championship Steak Cook-Off in Magnolia, Ark., where over 4,000 different kinds of mouthwatering ribeye steaks compete to be the best of the best and for a $10,000 prize.

anthony-anderson-as-fernandina-pirateAnthony also visits the Long Grove Strawberry Festival, where over 20,000 attendees flock to Long Grove, Ill. for three “berry” special days of enjoying all things strawberry, including Strawberry Ricotta Ravioli and Strawberry Balsamic Chicken. In another episode, he stops by Ribfest Chicago for a world-class rib-eating showdown that draws top competitive eaters from around the globe. Throughout the season, Anthony also gets a taste of the South Carolina Poultry Festival in Batesberg, S.C., the Jambalaya Festival in Gonzalez, La., the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival in Tyron, N.C., as well as the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival in Wilmington, Del.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FoodFestNation all season long for additional video, blogs and photo galleries from Anthony’s travels, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodFestNation.

Anthony Anderson is no stranger to the Food Network audience, having competed on Chopped and appeared as both a judge and competitor on Iron Chef America, making his transition to host of Food Fest Nation a natural and delicious progression. He is an accomplished actor with roles on both the big and small screen, including over 20 films and the Emmy(R) Award-winning drama Law & Order, playing Detective Kevin Bernard. His performance on that series earned him four consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series. Anthony also appeared in the DreamWorks’ blockbuster Transformers, directed by Michael Bay; as well as in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar(R) winning feature, The Departed. Anthony can also be seen in the upcoming ABC sitcom, Black-ish, this fall, in which he will both star and produce.

Food Fest Nation is produced by Magnetic Productions.

FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and up to 35 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine’s rate base has grown tenfold and is now the second largest monthly magazine on the newsstand, with over 11.6 million readers. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24-hour networks in the United Kingdom, Asia, and the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com), Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com) and Great American Country (www.gactv.com), is the manager and general partner.

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Shrimp Festival 2014 Economic Impact

Shrimp Festival 2014 Economic ImpactEstimated economic impact of the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival:

Working with Research Data Services, the Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau conducted 368 interviews over the three-day festival. Statistically, that number provides for a 95% confidence level in the results. For purposes of this study, they estimated total attendance at 90,000 people, which is significantly less than the official estimate of 120,000 provided by the Shrimp Festival Committee (that estimate was based on staff observation and interviews with public safety officials).

In 2014, 53.5% of the Shrimp Festival attendees classify themselves as “day trippers” from within the region, but outside of Nassau County. Nassau County residents comprise 32.8% of those who attended the festivities for the day. Of the remaining 13.7% who stayed overnight, 7% utilized commercial lodging, while the others stayed with friends and relatives.

The total direct expenditures of out-of-county visitors totaled $7,290,600. When the Amelia Island tourism multiplier is applied, total economic impact of the festival was $9,592,300. Average head of household attending the Shrimp Festival tends to be a bit older than our normal demographic at 52.8 years of age, and are more middle-class, with 60% having household incomes of less than $100,000.

When compared to the 2011 Festival (which was not weather impacted), this year’s event lured more out of county visitors by almost 11 percentage points, while Nassau County residents attending declined by 12 percentage points – a direct result of the weather. Length of stay in commercial lodging increased by a full night in 2014, while those staying with friends and relatives remain static. More couples stayed in commercial lodging, resulting in the decline of average party size from three people to 2.8. Those staying with friends and relatives increased from an average party size of two people to three, meaning more families with children.

Most significantly, the economic impact of the 2014 Festival was $1,025,400 more than the 2011 Festival – an 11% increase.

This information was provided by:
Gil Langley, CAE
President & CEO
Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
2398 Sadler Road, Suite 200
Amelia Island, Florida 32034
Office: 904-277-4369
Fax: 904-432-8417
www.ameliaisland.com

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Edwin McCain to Headline Shrimp Festival Entertainment Lineup

Edwin McCain to Headline Shrimp Festival Entertainment LineupPlatinum-selling recording artist Edwin McCain will headline an exciting lineup of local, regional and nationally acclaimed performers taking the Riverfront Stage for a series of free concerts on Amelia Island during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, May 2 – 4, 2014.

KTG gets the party started at 5:30 PM Friday evening with a wide variety of dance and party music. Band leader Kenny Levine is an amazing keyboardist, conductor, arranger and composer. Fronting the band are the soaring vocals and dynamic stage presence of Teri Harris Levine, combined with the talented Roderick “Mac” McMorries, an incredible singer and trumpet player who has toured with performers like Cameo and Michael Jackson.

Saturday morning, May 3rd, the festival opens at 9:00 AM and the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble takes the stage at 9:30.

The Beech Street Blues Band is a cocktail of seasoned, local musicians including Jeff Malone, Dan Voll, Mike Hawthorne, Ronnie Stoots and Jay McPherson. The band’s influences include Blues, Rock, Funk and Country with the main mission of creating music that people can move their feet to. Catch this fun band at 11:00 AM Saturday.

The Honey Badgers perform at 1:30 and will be led by Hupp Huppmann on guitar and vocals. The Honey Badgers are one of the most popular groups on Amelia Island, thrilling locals and tourists alike. Hupp is joined on stage by Ray Hetchka on bass and vocals, Mike Devereaux on percussion and vocals, Hal London on Drums, Vic Deacon on guitar, and Jennifer Rooth on keyboard. Known for playing classic and acoustic rock songs everyone knows by heart, The Honey Badgers set on Saturday will focus on the music of the Beatles.

dominic-gaudiousPerforming at 3:30 PM is the dynamic, intense and passionate guitarist and composer, Dominic Gaudious. After a successful touring and recording career in the 1980’s, Dominic found passion in the world of Classical/World Beat music. Working mainly with six and 12-string acoustic guitars, he also incorporates exotic instruments like the Australian Didgeridoo. With impressive experience at worldwide events, Dominic was a finalist on FOX TV’s 30 Seconds to Fame. He has won numerous awards and for the past few years has delighted audiences daily at Downtown Disney as one of their most popular performers.

Headlining Saturday’s musical entertainment is the Edwin McCain Band. Edwin McCain’s voice is everywhere. At any given moment, a radio station in America is playing one of his songs, perhaps an American Idol hopeful is belting out I’ll Be or a newlywed couple is dancing to I Could Not Ask for More. Over a million Dr. Phil viewers voted I’ll Be as the best wedding song ever written, the New York Times dubbed him the “great American romantic”. The highlight of what I do is playing for and connecting with the people that come out to see me live,” said McCain. “The fans – and I hate to call them fans – the friends of music that survive the advertising campaign long enough to understand what music is truly about, and have incorporated my music into their lives to the point where it is are part of their memories and emotions – those are the ones I do it all for.”

Sunday May 4th, Karl W. Davis will be lighting up the stage at 11:30 with his warm and charismatic stage presence. He is a real southern blues and soul man. As an international artist Karl has toured throughout Europe and the U.S. spreading his own brand of gospel laden blues and soul. When he is not fronting and leading a 200 member choir with his own compositions, he is appearing with his band at the finest nightclubs, theaters and festivals.

karl-davis-shrimp-festivalDuring his 25 year musical career Karl has shared the stage with some of the greats such as, Gatemouth Brown, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Mofro, Greg Allman, Magic Slim and The Teardrops, Keller Williams, Moe, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Charlie Daniels, The Jerry Garcia Band, Little Feat, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

At 12:15 local favorite and Fernandina native, Woody Mullis will take the stage to a delighted hometown audience. Woody took a chance when he moved to Nashville, Tennessee joining Mike Geiger to become one of the most prolific songwriting teams in country music. His songs have been recorded by artists on major labels such as Capitol, Columbia and MCA, and netted the 1989 BMI Songwriter of the Year Award. Among his multitude of hits are Darlene by T. Graham Brown; This Missin’ You Heart of Mine by Sawyer Brown; Burnin’ A Hole in the Heart by Skip Ewing; Adalida by George Strait; High and Dry by Kenney Chesney; Before I Die by Tracy Byrd, Hillbilly Shoes and A Cold One Coming On by Montgomery Gentry, and many, many more.

Wrapping up the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions! Taking the stage at 2:30 PM on Sunday, their classic hit, Double Shot of my Baby’s Love was once referred to as “the greatest Fraternity rock song of all time” by Bruce Springsteen. The Medallions continue to thrill audiences of all ages with their high energy party style performance and their timeless music. Look for the band’s original hits, plus a mixture of ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, beach music and current top 40 hits.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, as presented by Publix Supermarkets, is a free event held the first weekend may in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida. The festival has over 300 juried arts and crafts exhibits, antique booths, a Kidz Fun Zone, delicious shrimp dishes, lots of contests, a boat parade, Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet, and scores of Pirates.

For more information or directions visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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Edgar Hansen’s Shrimp Festival Appearance

Edgar Hansen's Shrimp Festival AppearanceFresh From Florida Seafood is bringing Capt. Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

He will arrive at the Shrimp Festival at noon on Saturday and is scheduled to judge the Adult Pirate Costume contest at 12:30 (waterfront stage area).

Otherwise, he will be in the Fresh From Florida Booth (found at the waterfront near the food court) waiting to meet you!

Schedule:
1:00-2:00 Fresh From Florida booth meet and greet
At 2:15 Edgar will take the stage as the Fresh From Florida Guest Speaker
2:30-5:00 Fresh From Florida booth meet and greet

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Road Closures for the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Road Closures for the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe following street and parking lot closures will be effective the week preceding the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida, in order to set up for the festival.

-City Waterfront Parking Lots A and B will be closed from Midnight Wednesday, April 30 until Midnight Sunday, May 4.
-City Waterfront Parking Lots C and D, and the Parking Lot at the southeast corner of N 2nd and Alachua Streets will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight Thursday, May 1 until Midnight Sunday, May 4.
-Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 2, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash St. and Alachua St. from 8th St. to the Waterfront).

At 4:00 PM, Friday, May 2, 2014, police officers will be placed at Centre Street and South 8th Street. Traffic will only be allowed to leave the area eastbound at this location. Westbound traffic will be diverted. All unauthorized traffic/parking should be in the process of leaving the downtown area between 4 and 5:00 PM. At 5:00 PM officers will be patrolling the area and all vehicles will be towed to clear the streets for booths to begin setting up at 6:00 PM. This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight Sunday, May 4, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping.

Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized vehicles will be towed.

The Police and Fire/Rescue Command Center is located at 204 Ash Street, one block south of Centre Street, in downtown Fernandina Beach. This will be the place to go for lost and found items, lost parents, and first aid. The Command Center hours of operation are: Friday 5:00 PM till 11:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM till 6:00 PM, and Sunday 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

For all other police services contact the Fernandina Beach Police Department at (904) 277-7342 Ext. 1 or dial 911 if you have an emergency.

The Police and Fire/Rescue Command Center is also the place to go if your vehicle has been towed. If you were parked on city property, the local police will be able to tell you how to find your car as there are “official” tow trucks. If you were parked on private property, the property owner is free to call any tow company they choose.

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Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp Festival

Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp FestivalThe 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place May 2 – 4, 2014, on Amelia Island, Florida. This FREE, three day festival is full of entertainment, delicious shrimp dishes, a Kids Fun Zone, over 300 arts and crafts booths, antique exhibitors and of course, those gnarly Pirates!

Thursday May 1st, the weekend kicks off with a Pirate Parade that begins at 6:00 pm and runs through the heart of historic, Fernandina Beach. Floats, bands and walking entries will put on their best wench and pirate costumes to compete for the Pirate Parade Awards. As a finale to this parade, scores of Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc, members and their Swabbies (pirates in training) will take to the streets with their large pirate ship float, Amelia’s Revenge. Black powdered pistols, rifles and cannons onboard the ship are lit igniting the imagined chaos of the town being taken over by Pirates!

Friday evening the waterfront area of the Festival opens at 6:00 PM with live music, opening ceremonies, the parade awards and the crowning of the 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival. In the midst of the excitement is a Pirate Booth offering swords, hooks, pirate hats, patches, flags and more.

lowes-pirate-ship2014This year children are invited to build a pirate ship with a functioning “plank” and sails, thanks to the generous folks from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. But, soon after, as cannon fire and screams ring out in the night, the Pirates invade the town and take over the stage and subject the citizens to an amazing history lesson about their brethren. Then the much anticipated fireworks are shot overhead, lighting up the sky over the Amelia River followed by dancing in the streets to the amazing sounds of KTG until 10:30 PM.

Saturday morning the pirates can be found roaming the streets and in their booth as early as 9:00 am.

At 10:00 am, look for Pirates in the Kids Fun Zone for the Pirates in Training Contest (ages 5 and under) and the Little Pirate Contest (ages 6 and over), sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc.

invasion-pirates-2014There will be an Invasion of the Pirates at noon, where they march through the streets from the waterfront to the courthouse and raise a Pirate Flag over Amelia Island.

The Best Dressed Adult Pirate Contest is G-Rated and open to anyone who dares enter. Sponsored by SearchAmelia.com, this fun and lively contest takes place near the waterfront at 12:30 pm where Pirates shine up their buckles and compete for cash prizes. This year, our guest judge will be Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s #1 ranked show, Deadliest Catch

“Learn to be a Pirate”, a class for children led by members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, takes place at 3:30 pm in the Kids Fun Zone. Then they will pillage and plunder their way back through the streets to the waterfront stage to listen to platinum selling artist, Edwin McCain. The festivities of the Shrimp Festival end at 6:00 pm.

The action starts over again Sunday, at 10:00 am with Pirates in their booth trading their wares from around the world, mostly China, and nurse their wounds from the previous two battles. Now that the Island has been seized and is under control of the Pirates, they are free to roam the streets and frolic with the guests of the Festival. Pirates will be found witnessing the Blessing of the Fleet, and enjoying the Decorated Boat Parade on the Amelia River, and at 2:30 pm you’ll find many of them dancing to the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions.

If you still haven’t attended “Learn to be a Pirate”, class will be in session two times on Sunday – at noon, and again at 3:30 pm.

pirates-bus-routeIf you take advantage of the Park and Ride shuttle system, Pirates can often be found at the bus loading and unloading zone within the festival; uncharacteristically offering to help you manage your packages, boxes, handbags, cameras, and wallets – while you board the bus.

You don’t want to miss the seeing the Fernandina Pirates at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival! Come partake of the shrimp, have some fun, enjoy the arts, crafts, and antiques, and dozens of playfully entertaining pirates!

Because many people enjoy coming to the Shrimp Festival dressed as pirates, please keep in mind that not all pirates are members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. The original, local Fernandina Pirates Club have been incorporated since the early 1970s. Pirate Club members are all volunteers and they each wear an identifying patch on their clothing. The Pirates Club is also an insured, not-for-profit organization in which both the City of Fernandina Beach and the Nassau County Commissioners have proclaimed as Goodwill Ambassadors to our Northeast Florida community.

Festival hours are Friday, May 2, 6:00 to 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on Sunday the festival is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information about entertainment, contests and where to “Park and Ride” please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

There is NO admission fee to attend!

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Russell Colburn to Emcee 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant

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miss-shrimp-fest-gals-2014The 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by The Hampton Inn and Suites Harbor Front Hotel on Amelia Island, master of ceremonies will be Action News Reporter Russell Colburn.

Colburn joined the Action News team in February 2014 after spending three years working as a weekend sports anchor and reporter in Mobile, Alabama for WALA, the FOX affiliate. Colburn’s Jacksonville career will give him the opportunity to see what the east coast beaches of Florida have to offer, since he graduated from the University of Central Florida and grew up in Destin.

Russell Colburn to Emcee 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant“The pageant will have 19 Nassau County juniors and seniors, ranging in age from 16 to 18, said Pageant Coordinator Crystal Molchan.”

The young ladies will be competing on the Riverfront Stage at 7:00 PM for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 title and a $1,000.00 scholarship on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

This is Crystal’s first year coordinating the pageant for the Shrimp Festival. Molchan, a local actress, pirate, costumer and hair dresser, participated in the Miss Teenage America Pageant as one of 60 semi-finalists, and she was first runner up in the Miss Continent Pageant. Playing an extra in local films such as Preserve, Eye of the Hurricane, and the Diary of Preston Plummer, featuring Trevor Morgan and Rumor Willis.

Mrs. Molchan has a consummate flair for theatrics and will undoubtedly do a fantastic job organizing the pageant.

Choreographer Kristin Conner will have the girls kicking up their high-heels, wearing glamorous evening gowns to an entertaining number loaded with smiles and pivot turns.

Kristin began studying dance under her grandmother, Joan Bean, at the age of three at Fernandina’s Bean School of Dance. She continued her education in dance at Florida State College Jacksonville and was invited to dance with the Ka’mia Contemporary Dance Theater in 2009.

This year’s Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant is sure to be a hit with this talented trio at the helm.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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Fernandina’s Library Expansion Relocates 2014 Shrimp Festival Fun Zone

Fernandina’s Library Expansion Relocates 2014 Shrimp Festival Fun ZoneFernandina Beach, FL – Fernandina Beach’s local library is undergoing renovation and expansion, making the 4th Street Parking lot unavailable to house the Kids Fun Zone for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, so the Shrimp Festival Committee has relocated the Kids Fun Zone to the corner of N. 2nd and Alachua Streets, two blocks closer to the Festival’s waterfront area.

Sponsored by Money Pages, the Kids Fun Zone includes face painting, a craft tent, giant slide, Lazer Maze, Spider Mountain, Power Jump, Jurassic Adventure, Bopping Heads Dance Video and so much more.

Staged entertainment in the Kids Fun Zone includes Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show, Juggle Stuff with Ben Mathews, and “Learn to be a Pirate” with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club. There will also be performances by Pak’s Karate Academy and Bean’s School of Dance.

The Comfort Station and Mother’s Tent will be located just beyond the stage, in the courtyard of the Island Art Association located at 18 N. 2nd Street. There will be minor first aid available, baby changing stations, shade, water, and chairs for nursing mothers or others who need to rest during the three day event. The Island Art Association is organized exclusively for philanthropic and educational purposes and to develop and sustain and interest, appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in Nassau County, Florida.

The Student Art Display, a tent where students from all Nassau County schools proudly display their artwork, will remain in its original location near the library on N. 4th Street. Art patrons provide ribbons and monetary awards for the winning student artists.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The Kids Fun Zone will be open from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, on Friday, May 2nd; from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 3rd; and from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 4th.
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Edgar Hansen of Deadliest Catch Coming to Shrimp Festival

Edgar Hansen of Deadliest Catch Coming to Shrimp FestivalFresh From Florida Seafood is bringing Capt. Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Capt. Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” is the younger brother of Captain Sig Hansen. He began fishing at age 18 and came into his own on the deck of the Northwestern after only a few seasons. Sig considers his brother to be one of the most talented fishermen on deck. Over the past few years, Edgar has assumed the role of the boat’s chief engineer, which means he’s responsible for both the main and auxiliary engines, the hydraulic and fuel systems, as well as the sea water pumps.

Fresh From Florida Seafood created a well-received Florida seafood promotion called, “Florida’s Tastiest Catch”, where Sig Hansen was featured asking Floridians to support local seafood and our local economy.

“Fernandina Beach is the Birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, so we are excited to have Edgar Hansen be a part of the Shrimp Festival. I truly believe he understands the importance of our commercial shrimp industry and the value it brings to our Fernandina heritage, as well as our local economy,” said Judie Mackie, a volunteer on the Shrimp Festival Committee.

Edgar Hansen will be all over the Shrimp Festival on Saturday, May 3, 2014. He will be signing Fresh from Florida posters and photographs during a meet and greet on the waterfront. He will be one of the judges for the Adult Pirate Costume Contest (sponsored by SearchAmelia.com) at 12:30, he’ll pay a visit to the children in the Kids Fun Zone and will take the stage Saturday as our “Fresh From Florida Seafood” special guest. Times will be announced at ShrimpFestival.com when confirmed.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a FREE, three-day event held May 2 – 4, 2014 in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The festivities kick off with the pre-festival Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

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2014 Shrimp Festival’s Exclusive Radko Ornament

2014 Shrimp Festival’s Exclusive Radko OrnamentThe 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival ornament, designed by The Christopher Radko Company, is now available exclusively at The Christmas Shop on the River in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This year’s ornament, “Oglethorpe’s Brigantine” follows the 20 year tradition of designing an ornament with shrimp, pirates and other sea-worthy creations just for the Shrimp Festival!

Oglethorpe’s Brigantine, blown from clear tempered glass is injected with liquid sterling to give the ornament its luminescence. Hand painted details include seven of Amelia Island’s territorial flags on one side of this ship’s sails, with the American flag and a hand painted shrimp on the other. High above the masts wave three Jolly Rogers blowing in the wind, with detailed attention given to the delicate nature of the ship’s waves, her elegant port holes and windows, and even to the eyes of the shrimp. Glitter is added to the crests of the waves and on the ship’s fabulous trim giving the ornament its signature Radko “sparkle”.

The Christopher Radko Company has produced more than fifteen million fine European glass ornaments in a successful attempt to reproduce more than 1,000 vintage, mouth-blown Christmas ornaments that were broken into pieces when the family’s tree fell during the holidays.

Whether the story is true or not, it has presented a fine assortment of beautiful ornaments for collectors including exclusive ornaments designed specifically for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

The ornament is $72.99 and available at all four Christmas Shop on the River locations including Hilton Head, Charleston, Savannah and Amelia Island. Artist and Founding Designer Mario Tare, of The Christopher Radko Company, will be in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, May 3, 2014, to personally sign these ornaments at the shop located at 110 Center Street. Orders purchased in advance will be autographed and shipped for free within the continental United States. For more information about these limited edition ornaments, or to order yours, please call (904) 261-0747.

Always held the first weekend in May, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held in Fernandina Beach May 2 – 4, 2014. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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2014 Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat Parade

2014 Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat ParadeThe Blessing of the Fleet and Decorated Boat Parade will take place at 1:30 pm on the Amelia River, Sunday May 4th, during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival that runs May 2 – 4, 2014.

Home to the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, Fernandina Beach holds this annual festival to celebrate our shrimp fleet and show other communities that we support wild caught shrimp.

Do you want to bring your boat to Fernandina Beach for this exciting water parade? Visit ShrimpFestival.com and fill out your application today.

The Blessing of the Fleet takes place around the world with each port praying for a bountiful season. In Maryland, they celebrate to open the oyster harvesting season, here on Amelia Island, we seek blessings for plentiful shrimp. The Priest says a prayer and asks for a safe and productive travel as shrimp boats, commercial vessels, recreational and pleasure crafts line up to be blessed with a sprinkling of Holy Water. This traditional ceremony came to Amelia Island with the immigrants that settled here from Mediterranean fishing communities.

Prizes will be awarded to the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat and all participating boats are invited to be in the Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Fleet.

Even if you don’t have a boat, you will still want to make it to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival for shrimp, fun, arts, crafts, antiques, entertainment and scores of pirates!

There is NO admission fee to attend!

Festival hours are Friday, May 2, 6:00 to 10:30 pm; Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and on Sunday the festival is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

For more information about entertainment, contests and where to “Park and Ride” please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2014 Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Selected

2014 Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design SelectedAmelia Island, FL – The official T-shirt design has been selected for the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets. “The Shrimp Festival Committee is excited about this year’s design as it touches on various aspects which highlight the shrimp industry and Fernandina Beach”, said Dawn Lunt, this year’s merchandise chair.

The artwork’s designer is Michael Barnard, an award winning artist originally from Dayton, Ohio. A graduate of the Columbus College of Art & Design, he combines traditional painting with modern digital technology to create stunning works of original art. Barnard has been a leader in the field of high-end custom digital design for nearly 15 years. He lives in Ormond Beach, Florida with his wife, Lori, and their five year old daughter, Alora.

There will be two merchandise booths offering Official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags, hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers. One is located at the waterfront and will be open for the three days of the festival, and the second tent can be found near the corner of 8th and Centre Streets on Saturday and Sunday.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 2 – 4, 2014, after a community Pirate Parade on Thursday evening. Then merchants in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will hold a sidewalk sale all day Friday, May 2nd until the Festival officially opens at 6:00 pm. The Kids Fun Zone opens Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open. Entertainment will last until 10:30 pm with live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

Saturday the fun continues when the fully juried art show opens 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, scores of playful pirates, and a Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food, and best of all, admission is FREE for the entire festival!

Sunday, the festival’s arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront.

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!

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship Pageant

Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship PageantFernandina Beach, FL – The 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant contestant rehearsals will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 15, 2014, and continue through April 26. Meetings will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, located at 25 North 3rd Street in historic, Fernandina Beach.

A pageant winner will be announced during the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant held on the Riverfront Stage on Friday evening, May 2, 2014, during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The scholarship pageant is sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”.

Eligible participants must be high school level juniors and seniors, attending public, private, alternative, or home schools. Contestants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but they may attend high school in another county.

Winners will be judged on formal wear, a dinner interview, talent displayed in a choreographed, group routine, and their response to a final question asked on stage.

Mike Buresh of FOX 30 News has committed to emcee 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.

The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.ShrimpFestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 5, 2014.

If you would like to participate or you have any questions, please call Pageant Director Crystal Molchan at (904) 583-5715 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

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2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade

2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade“Home of the Shrimpers: 51 Years of Shrimping” is the theme for this year’s Shrimp Festival Parade, which is returning to Thursday, May 1, 2014, prior to the official start of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Fernandina Beach, FL – The 2014 Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade will be held Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 6:00 pm in downtown, Fernandina beach, Florida. The parade will start at Ash and 11th Streets traveling west to 2nd Street, north to Centre Street and then head east on Centre Street ending at Atlantic and 11th Streets.

Categories that will be judged include:
-Commercial or commercially sponsored non-profit entry
-Non-profit or Civic organization
-Walking groups
-Band/Performing Unit
-Vintage or Unique vehicle
-Bonus Award: Best Special Effects

Parade applications must be completed and returned by April 12, 2014, including the brief written description of the entry and a signed Participation Agreement. Fees run from $30.00 for a non-profit entry to $85.00 for a political or campaign entry.

The Pirate Parade Organizational Meeting and the Pre-parade Safety Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 6:00 pm at the Residence Inn, located at 2301 Sadler Road on Amelia Island. A representative of each registered entry must attend the meeting. Position numbers will be distributed at the meeting and helpful hints will be given to enhance your parade experience.

For more information, please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com, or call Parade Director Billie Childers at (904) 548-1163, or contact her via email at laceintruder@BellSouth.net.

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