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Rains Do Not Dampen Shrimp Fest Spirits

Shrimp Festival 2013 Gets Off to Great StartAfternoon rains didn’t stop the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags celebrations on Friday night!

While a few remaining clouds sprinkled festival goers in the evening, by dark the rains had ended and the festive traditions stayed right on time. The swapping of the stage and food court parking lots at the waterfront didn’t appear to cause any problems, however, leaving the area after the fireworks was a bit crowded to tho the new, gated, crowd control. I’m guessing the fenced area is required due to the sales of alcohol now available inside the festival grounds.

Anyway, in cast you missed it, here is a glimpse of Friday night’s activities. We will have video and more photos all weekend so keep checking back and be sure to “Like” us on facebook.www.facebook.com/pages/SearchAmelia/74325734125

I am putting on my Pirate rain gear and heading back downtown… rain or shine, Baby!!!

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Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival Activities

Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival ActivitiesHere is a handy-dandy guide to the Friday activities of Shrimp Festival 2013. For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

10:00 AM – Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale
5:30 PM – Live music begins with DRB on the Riverfront Stage
6:00 PM – Riverfront Food Court Opens
6:00 PM – Kids Fun Zone Opens at North 3rd and North 4th Streets
6:30 PM – Opening Ceremonies on the Riverfront Stage
7:00 PM – Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, Riverfront Stage
7:45 PM – Pirate Parade Awards
8:30 PM – Live Music resumes
9:30 PM – Invasion of the Pirates at the waterfront
9:45 PM – Fireworks
10:00 PM – More live music
10:30 PM – Food booths close for the evening

There are NO fine arts and crafts, or antique booths open for business on Friday!

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Let the Golden Shrimp Festival Begin

Let the Golden Shrimp Festival BeginThe 50th Anniversary of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, has begun. The Pirate Parade, held on Saturday this year, was a huge success with over 95 entries!

Because this parade is so popular, organizers had to make the decision to limit the entries or change the date. While plenty of controversial conversations showed up on a variety of social media sites, the parade went off without a hitch.

Centre, Ash and Front Streets were lined with folks celebrating this wonderful time of the year! Shrimp Festival gives our Nassau County non-profit organizations a chance to raise money to fund their programs for practically the entire year. Many services provided by these wonderful organizations would rely on government funding, and others would not exist at all, if it were not for this celebration of the shrimping industry that brings over 100,000 people to Amelia Island each year.

Grab yourself a Snickers Bar and a cup of coffee, this is one L—O—N—G parade:

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Parade Parking Available at Amelia Community Theatre

Parade Parking Available at Amelia Community TheatreLooking for a place to park for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Pirate Parade on Saturday, April 27? You can park at the Amelia Community Theatre for a donation to support the ACT Teen Troupe, ACTeen.

The parade begins at 11:00 AM and the ACT Teen Troupe will be manning the parking lot, near 3rd and Cedar Streets, on a first come, first served basis for those who would like to park at Amelia Community Theatre.

Donate the amount of your choice if you park in the ACT lot. Remember, donations will go to support our ACT Teen Troupe, ACTeen!

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Year of the Golden Shrimp

Year of the Golden ShrimpImage found at alibaba.com.

The following announcement is mostly for our non-resident subscribers and viewers, and our local population who apparently live under a rock and have no clue what is going on for this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival:

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the festival and it will be held on May 3rd, 4th and 5th, with a few extra days of celebration thrown in for good measure.

Presented by Publix Supermarkets and held in the heart of historic downtown Fernandina Beach, on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, this “party” has been going on since 1964!

Enjoy FREE admission to this the family friendly event offering:
-Delicious shrimp prepared every way imaginable by food booths staffed and run exclusively by local Nassau County non-profit groups as fund-raisers.

Wear your walking shoes to comfortably view and visit over 400 exhibitors featuring Fine Artisan & Crafters and Antique Dealers.

Bring the entire family and check out the Kids Fun Zone activities, Live Music on 2 Stages, and lots and lots of Pirates!

The popular Pirate Parade will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM, along Centre Street.

Thursday, May 2nd will offer a FREE concert at the waterfront featuring the Parket Urban Band and Swamp Cabbage, sponsored by a favorite, locals’ hang out, The Dog Star Tavern, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, in the parking lot at the foot of Centre Street.

For more festival information, please visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

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Announcing a NEW Shrimp Festival Event

Announcing a NEW Shrimp Festival EventThursday, May 2, 2013, there will be a Pre-Festival Sunset Concert, sponsored by the Dog Star Tavern, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

Located at the foot of Centre Street, in Parking Lot B, you are invited to enjoy the sounds of the Parker Urban Band and at 7:45, Swamp Cabbage.

Here is some information about the bands, stolen directly from the World Wide Web:

“The Parker Urban Band is a family of musicians who appreciate musicology and groovology. Each member has a different variety of influences that all connect to a common thread. The joy and emotion starts here. The songs written hold a piece of personal history shared to the world. It is in their hopes to touch fans with their words and blues soul folk tinged sounds.”

Swamp Cabbage extracts as much music as possible from the quintessential rock and roll format – a guitar, bass and drum trio. The songs are built around gnarly unique southern- rock sounding riffs yet the rhythms derive from blues, soul and funk. The verses, choruses and bridges are threaded together by jazz and classical harmonic concepts that employ Parks’ musical training in those genres. In contrast the lyrics of the tunes are far less serious. Listen closely and take a satirical travelogue through Parks’ colorful northeast Florida upbringing replete with tales of door-to-door evangelism and living off the grid. In concert, Parks, a storyteller of sorts, challenges himself to spin comedic falsehoods of preparation for songs that follow. Every show is unique.”

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Beer Station Volunteers Needed at Shrimp Festival

Beer Station Volunteers Needed at Shrimp FestivalWho wants to sell beer at the Shrimp Festival?

The Shrimp Festival will be offering draft beer as an additional beverage choice this year at the festival’s Riverfront Stage and Food Court.

Cash incentives will be offered to earn income for your charity or civic group by covering one or more shifts.

Beer station shift times can be found on the Volunteer Form.

Shifts are about six hours each, but your favorite non-profit can earn $10.00 per person, per hour. With about 8 adults, ages 18 and up, working each shift, this money can add up fast!

Please email your name, phone number, email address and charity/civic group name to Harry Harrison, Beer Station Director, at harr67@att.net.

He will contact you either by phone or email to discuss the opportunity and schedule the shifts.

Training for Beer Station volunteers will be lead by NACDAC at the Fernandina Beach Police Department Community Room, 1525 Lime Street, on Monday, April 29th. There will be two shifts to choose from: 3 – 4 pm, and 6 – 7 pm.

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Bringing Your Dog to Shrimp Festival?

Bringing Your Dog to Shrimp Festival?Though many pet owners who live in Fernandina Beach would not recommend bringing your four-legged friends to the Shrimp Festival, many dogs will be seen walking through the crowds on the hot, asphalt streets. Frightened by the fireworks on Friday Night, or the Pirate’s Invasion on Saturdays, all of the noise and people can be stressful to a dog.

For those who need to know, there will be a Pet Stop set up for those whose pets need to take a break from the crowds, find a shady place to rest, a pool to cool off, or simply a fresh drink of water and a snack.

Located at 17. South 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, there will be at least two pools, buckets of fresh water for drinking, some doggy treats and a tent set up for shade!

Many visitors arrive at the Festival unprepared for the enormity of it all, and the operators of this Pet Stop have set up this courtesy station so man’s best friend need not suffer.

While it is best to leave the dog at home, please help spread the word that there is now a safe place to take your dog if you need a comfortable, pet-friendly place to rest.

This will be the third year of the Pet Stop, and it is located at a private residence. There is no charge for the service.

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Fernandina Pirates Wear a Patch

Fernandina Pirates Wear a PatchMembers of the Fernandina Pirates Club wear a patch, usually on their hat, arm or boot, to show that they are actual members of the Fernandina Pirates Club. During the Shrimp Festival, you may see many different pirates. There are short pirates, tall pirates, pirates wearing many colors, pirates with pistols, pirates with swords, male pirates and female pirates. Pirates come from near and far for the Best Beards Contest, for the Little Pirates Contest, to see the parade, or just to come and play pirate.

As the proclaimed Goodwill Ambassadors to Amelia Island and Nassau County, the Fernandina Pirates Club proudly promotes the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The Pirates will be invading before the fireworks show on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon. In between and on Sunday, you will find club members at the waterfront, the Kids Zone, and everywhere in between, always ready and willing to pose for pictures.

When you spot a scallywag, wearing a Fernandina Pirates Club patch, wanderin’ the streets during the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, don’t be afeared, they are your hearties. Just walk up and say Ahoy! or maybe Arrr!

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Book Festival Conflicts with Shrimp Festival Parade

Book Festival Conflicts with Shrimp Festival ParadeNow that the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Parade is being held on April 27, 2013, it is in direct conflict with the Amelia Island Book Festival, also being held April 27th. (Fernandina Beach High School seniors also depart for their “Senior Field Trip” that afternoon, too.)

There will be over 100 authors at the Atlantic Recreation Center Complex featuring free parking, a free photo booth, a free Kidz Fun Zone and free author sessions.

Kidz Fun Zone
Be a Book Worm
Story time
Arts and Crafts
Book about me!
Author activities.

Photo Booth
Enjoy an instant printout from your photo booth session.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Debbie Macomber will be the guest at ,em>A Garden Party with Debbie, sponsored by VyStary. This luncheon will be held from 11:30 to 1:30. This is a ticketed event.

For more information visit AmeliaIslandBookFestival.com.

The Shrimp Festival parade will begin at 11:00 AM, in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Miss Shrimp Festival 2013 Rehearsals Announced

Miss Shrimp Festival 2013 Rehearsals AnnouncedFernandina Beach, FL – Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2013 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, 25 North 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach.

Weekly rehearsals will be held every Sunday until the pageant is held on Friday, May 3rd at 7:00 pm on the Riverfront Stage. Miss Shrimp Festival 2013 will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship.

The pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors, who are attending public, private, alternative or home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, but may attend high school in another county. Contestants will be accepted until April 7, 2013.

The 4-part application packet may be downloaded HERE.

Check out this glimpse of the pageant held in 2011:

For more information, please call Barbara Book, Pageant Choreographer at 904-583-1770 or Sandy Price, Shrimp Festival Executive Director at 904-206-0756. or email 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

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50th Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Fernandina Beach, birthplace of modern shrimping

2013 Will be the 50th Shrimp Festival Celebration on Amelia Island

In 2013, the Shrimp Festival will commemorate 50 years of fun on May 3, 4 and 5, 2013, along Centre Street in the historic downtown business district of the quaint seaport village of Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. Originating from a competitive race between shrimp boats and their captains in 1964, the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has evolved over the years to become a full fledged weekend celebration.

The Golden Anniversary will feature a variety of children’s activities, live entertainment, fine arts and crafts and much more. Guests can treat themselves to their favorite feast of the sea, whether it be Shrimp Pie, Shrimp Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Boiled Shrimp or Shrimp Pizza – just a few of the dishes prepared by local citizens on behalf of their local non-profit organization.

Pirates roaming the Atlantic are just another one of Amelia Island’s tales that come to life at this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, celebrating all things shrimp since 1964 – catching them, cooking them, eating them and even drawing them. The Southeast Tourism Society has named the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival a Top-20 event for the past eleven years. This year’s incredible line-up of fine arts, crafts and antiques, delicious food and lively entertainment is sure to live up to that distinction. Arrrrr!

Festivities Begin Friday Night

Catch fantastic bargains during the Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale all day Friday.  The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix, officially kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 3, when food booths, entertainment and activities open at the Riverfront and Kids Fun Zone only. The Opening Ceremony officially starts the festivities at 6:30 p.m. on the Riverfront Stage, followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, Music and a Pirate Invasion, with Fireworks scheduled at 9:45 p.m.

Fine Arts and Crafts and Antiques

On Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can enjoy the works of more than 300 award-winning artists and craftspeople and their creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, metal, photography, pottery and more. All participating exhibitors are fully juried to qualify for entry into the show. Best in Show will receive a $3,000 cash prize. Selected as a Top 200 Outdoor Art Festival in the U.S. by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the festival also boasts an excellent showing of fine antiques and collectibles, with approximately 75 booths, including furniture, Depression glass, jewelry, crystal and coins. Student artwork from all public and private schools in Nassau County are displayed, with awards for outstanding pieces given by local businesses.

Food and Music

What would a Shrimp Festival be without shrimp? Seafood and shrimp dishes abound, all prepared with a local flair and flavor by dozens of civic and charitable organizations from the Fernandina Beach and surrounding Nassau County. The treats for the taste buds and eyes are rivaled only by musical performances from regional and local acts that will fill the seaside air with the sounds of jazz, pop, rock, folk, and country. Beach music will be provided by our “house band,” the ever popular Swingin’ Medallions, who will perform on Sunday afternoon.

Family Fun

See colorful pirates swordfight, loot and plunder in the streets after they invade the festival by a pirate shrimp boat – a throwback to the days when Amelia was ruled under foreign flags.

A “Blessing of the Fleet” and the “Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade and Contest” on Sunday will entertain guests at the Riverfront. Contests include Little Pirate, Pirate in Training and Best Beard on Saturday and a Shrimp Ice Cream Eating Contest on Sunday. Get with the spirit of the festival and entertain the family in the Kids Fun Zone with activities for all ages and entertainment throughout the weekend provided by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show, JuggleSTUFF and Pirate School, among others.  And, don’t forget to tighten the wooden leg, Black Beards, and join the YMCA 5-K run on Saturday morning. Later, bring the crew to the Shrimp Festival Putt-Putt Tournament at Main Beach on Saturday night.

Pirate Parade

Traditionally the Pirate Parade kicked off the festivities on Thursday, but for undisclosed reasons this has changed in this Anniversary Celebration year. Instead the pre-festival Pirate Parade, presented by Residence Inn, Amelia Island, is now to be held on Saturday, April 27 at 11:00 a.m. as it takes over Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach to the theme of “The Year of the Golden Shrimp.” Creative craftsmanship will abound with the imaginative floats and unique entries vying for “Best of Parade” honors.

There are truly memories to be made for everyone at this storied festival.  For a complete listing and schedule of events for the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival visit www.shrimpfestival.com.