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Funniest Shrimpfest Picture Contest [VIDEO]

Beech Street Blues Band in Shrimpfest Pirate's Parade

Beech Street Blues Band in Shrimpfest Pirate's Parade

During the SearchAmelia sponsored Adult Pirate Dress Contest it was announced that we are looking for the funniest Shrimpfest picture of 2012. The idea was born after seeing how far some of these pirates were willing to go, in order to win the Prize money; absolutely hilarious. A video will follow later this week as well as a video of the always entertaining Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest. Come to think of it some of those shots may easily qualify for the Funniest 2012 Shrimp Festival Picture.

In any case, here is what the winning picture will get you:

A Two Night Midweek Stay for Two at the Amelia Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast on South Fletcher Ave. on our dime!

You need to email your selected picture(s) to editor@searchamelia.com or publisher@searchamelia.com before midnight May 15 and the winner will be announced on Searchamelia.com on Friday May 18.

Oh and if you’d like to maybe find yourself in one of the 300 pictures we ( Amy Kolz, Helmut Albrecht and Han Ramakers – SA took during the Pirate’s Parade, here’s your chance. The music under the video is written and performed by my friend Dick Solberg and the Sun Mountain Band. Enjoy and don’t forget to email us your favorite funny picture.

Sunday Events at the 2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Sunday Events at the 2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalSunday, May 6, 2012 is the final day of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and there is one more day of exciting events, activities and entertainment!

Here is Sunday’s Program:
10:00am-5:00pm

    -Dozens of food booths offer a variety of seafood and other delicacies throughout the festival area including the Riverfront Food Court and every intersection along Centre Street.
    -Fine Arts & Crafts Show featuring 300 Juried Fine Artists and Craftsmen. Find them along Centre Street, North and South 2nd, North and South 3rd, North 4th Streets.
    -Antiques & Collectibles Show is located on South 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Streets.
    -Kids Fun Zone featuring Games, Face Painting, Sand Art, Rock-Climbing Wall, Food Court, free Publix Kids Craft Corner, Bungee Fun, Pony Rides, Caricatures, Live Entertainment and more located at the parking lot between North 3rd Street and North 4th Street.
    -Nassau County Public & Private Schools Art Display on North 4th Street in front of the library building.
    -Riverfront Stage Entertainment & Sponsor Activities at the Foot of Centre Street in the South parking lot and 2nd and Centre Streets.
    -Live Marine Sea Circus & Shrimp Aquarium Display sponsored by the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service is located at the foot of Centre Street at the Amelia River.
    -Blood Alliance Bloodmobile and the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center can be found at North 6th Street

On the Amelia River

1:00pm Blessing Of The Fleet and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boats & Other Watercraft Parade & Contest

RIVERFRONT STAGE

8:30am Fine Arts & Crafts Recognition Ceremony
11:00am Billy Buchanan & Free Avenue
1:00pm Blessing of the Fleet & Decorated Boat Parade
2:00pm Best Adult Pirate Contest on the Pirate Ship Stage, sponsored by SearchAmelia.
2:30pm The Swingin’ Medallions

KIDS FUN ZONE STAGE

10:00am – 5:00pm Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show (30-minute shows throughout the day) and JuggleSTUFF (15-minute shows throughout the day)
11:00am Pak’s Karate Academy
12:00pm Learn to be a Pirate with the Fernandina Pirates Club
3:00pm Learn to be a Pirate with the Fernandina Pirates Club
5:00pm End of Daily Stage Entertainment

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Saturday Events at the 2012 Shrimp Festival

Saturday Events at the 2012 Shrimp Festival2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival activities, events and entertainment for Saturday, May 5th, begin at 7:00 AM and continue until the 8:00 PM shotgun start of the Annual Putt Putt Tournament at Main Beach.

7:00am – 10:30am Breakfast Buffet, Eat In or Take Out, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue.

8:00am is the 18th Annual Shrimp Festival 5k Run/Walk And 13th Annual Katie Caples Memorial 1-Mile Youth Run at Main Beach (Atlantic Ave. at North Fletcher Ave.) For Information call the YMCA at (904)261-1080.

Food Booths Stay Open Until 8:00pm

9:00am-6:00pm

    -Fine Arts & Crafts Show featuring Over 300 Juried Fine Artists and Craftsmen. Located at Centre Street, North and South 2nd, North and South 3rd, North 4th Streets.
    -Antiques & Collectibles Show located at South 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th Streets
    -Kids Fun Zone featuring Games, Face Painting, Sand Art, Rock-Climbing Wall, Food Court, free Publix Kids Craft Corner, Bungee Fun, Pony Rides, Caricatures, Live Entertainment and Lots More Family Fun. The Fun Zone is located at the parking lot between North 3rd Street and North 4th Street.
    -Nassau County Public & Private Schools Art Display, located at North 4th Street in front of library building.
    -Riverfront Stage Entertainment and sponsor activities at the foot of Centre Street – south parking lot and 2nd and Centre Streets.
    -Live Marine Sea Circus & Shrimp Aquarium Display. Sponsored by the Univerity of Georgia Marine Extension Service, at the foot of Centre Street at the Amelia River.
    -Blood Alliance Bloodmobile will be parked on North 6th Street
    -U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center will also be at North 6th Street
    -Dozens of food booths offer a variety of seafood and other delicacies throughout the festival area. Riverfront Food Court, and at every intersection along Centre Street.

Staged Entertainment

Riverfront Stages
9:30am Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble on the Riverfront Stage
10am-12pm The History of Shrimping, a member of the “Heritage Group” will be available at the Fernandina Marine Museum (north of the boat ramp) to tell stories of the past, answer questions about shrimping and tell how Fernandina Beach became the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry.
10:30am Pirate-in-Training Contest, Ages 5 and under at the Pirate Ship Stage. Sponsored by Wee Wallaby, a Cloth Diaper Company.
10:30am Little Pirate Contest following the Pirate in Training Contest, Ages 6 and over at the Pirate Ship Stage. Sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc.
11:30am The Instant Groove
1:00pm Pirate Invasion, Riverfront Stage and Marina.
1:30pm Ice Cream Eating Contest. Categories for all ages. (Pirate Ship Stage) Sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery.
2pm-4pm The History of Shrimping at the Fernandina Marine Museum
2:30pm Sean McCarthy and the Fishin’ Musicians
3:30pm 45th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest (on Pirate Ship Stage) Sponsored by The Marina Restaurant.
4:30pm Firefall (You Are The Woman; Just Remember I Love You; Strange Way; Cinderella So Long; Sweet and Sour; Mexico; Livin’ Ain’t Livin’; Goodbye, I Love You)

KIDS FUN ZONE STAGE
9:00am – 6:00pm Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show (30-minute shows throughout the day) JuggleSTUFF (15-minute shows throughout the day)
11:00am Bean School of Dance
2:30pm Learn to be a Pirate with the Fernandina Pirates Club
6:00pm End of Daily Stage Entertainment
7:00pm 4th Annual Shrimp Festival Putt-Putt Doubles Tournament, for information call (904) 261-4443
8:00pm Shotgun start at Main Beach.

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Friday at 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Friday at 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalFriday, May 4th, 2012 opens the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The Riverfront area and the Kids Fun Zone is loaded with activities, but you should know there are no Fine Arts and Crafts or Antiques Displays on Friday.

Kids Fun Zone
The Kids Fun Zone located in the library parking lot between North 3rd Street and North 4th Street will be open from 6:00pm – 10:00pm with entertainment including a special appearance by Rick Hubbard & JuggleSTUFF. Activities include games, face painting, sand art, rock-climbing wall, food court, free Publix Kids Craft Corner, bungee fun, pony rides, caricatures and lots more family fun. The Kids Fun Zone is a designated no-smoking area!

Riverfront Area
On the Riverfront Stage, the evening kicks off when DRB takes the stage at 5:30pm. The waterfront food court and other riverfront booths are officially open from 6:00 to 10:30.

Activities and entertainment include:

    -5:30pm – Music by DRB
    -Live Marine Sea Circus & Shrimp Aquarium Display Sponsored by The University of Georgia Marine Extension Service.
    -Official T-Shirt Sales & Sponsor Booths Open at the foot of Centre Street at the Amelia River.
    -6:30 pm – Opening Ceremonies
    -7:00 pm – Miss Shrimp Festival 2012 Scholarship Pageant (Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”)
    -7:45pm – Pirate Parade Awards (Sponsored by Residence Inn Amelia Island)
    -8:30pm – Music by DRB
    -9:30pm – Invasion of the Pirates at the Amelia River and on the main stage
    -9:45pm – Fireworks Display (Foot of Centre Street at the Amelia River)
    -10:00 to 10:30pm – Music by DRB
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Parking and Street Closure Notice for 49th Shrimp Festival

Parking and Street Closure Notice for 49th Shrimp FestivalPublic Notice: EFFECTIVE FOR THE WEEK OF SHRIMP FESTIVAL
The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival:

City Waterfront Parking Lot B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, May 2nd until Midnight, Sunday, May 6th.

City Waterfront Parking Lots A, C, and D and the Library Parking Lot will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, May 3rd until Midnight, Sunday, May 6th.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 4th, 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 Street to the Waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 6th, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping.

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

Editors note: They are not kidding about this… you WILL BE TOWED if you park in an unauthorized location.

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2012 Miss Shrimp Festival Rehearsals

2012 Miss Shrimp Festival RehearsalsFernandina Beach, FL – Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2012 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”, are now being held weekly on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 5:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, 25 North 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. Contestants will be accepted until April 10, 2012 and are requested to bring the completed application and participation agreement to your first rehearsal.

The pageant winner will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Friday evening, May 4, 2012. The pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors attending public, private, alternative or home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, but may attend high school in another county. The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.shrimpfestival.com.

If you would like to participate and/or you have any questions, please call Barbara Book, Pageant Director/Choreographer at 904-583-1770, or Sandy Price, Shrimp Festival Executive Director at 904-206-0756 or via email at sandy@shrimpfestival.com. Please leave a message with your phone number if the call is answered by voice mail.

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2012 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant

2012 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant

Photo credit: Helmut Albrecht

Fernandina Beach, FL – Contestant rehearsals for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2012 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, “Historic Harbor Front Hotel,” will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 4:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, 25 North 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. The pageant winner will be awarded a $1,000 Scholarship during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Friday evening, May 4, 2012. The pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors, attending public, private, alternative or home schools.

Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, but may attend high school in another county. The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.shrimpfestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 10, 2012.

If you would like to participate and/or you have any questions, please call Barbara Book, Pageant Director/Choreographer at 904-583-1770 or Sandy Price, Shrimp Festival Executive Director at 904-206-0756. Please leave a message with your phone number if the call is answered by voice mail.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a Feast of the Sea

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is a Feast of the SeaFernandina Beach, FL – Shrimp Pie, Shrimp Twisters, Shrimp Quesadillas, Fried Shrimp, Boiled Shrimp, Shrimp Pizza, are you hungry yet? Visit Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island on May 4 through May 6, 2012 for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix, and treat yourself to a feast of the sea and lively entertainment in this historic seaport village, known as The Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry.

Pirates roaming the Atlantic are just 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 ten times. This year’s line-up of fine arts 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 as the fine arts and antique show doesn’t open until Saturday. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, officially kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening, May 4, 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 for 9:45 p.m.

Fine Arts & Crafts and Antiques
On Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., when not feasting on shellfish, visitors can enjoy the works of over 300 award-winning artists and craftspeople and their creations in watercolor, acrylics, oils, sculpture, metal, photography, pottery and more, all fully juried to qualify for entry into the show. Best of Show will receive a $1,250 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, about 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 volunteer organizations from Fernandina Beach and 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 Adult and Little Pirate Contests and Best Beard Contest 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 and JuggleSTUFF, among others. And, don’t forget to tighten the wooden leg, Black Beards, and join the YMCA 5K run on Saturday morning. Later, bring the crew to the Shrimp Festival Putt-Putt Tournament at Main Beach on Saturday night.

Pirate Parade
Join the locals for the pre-festival Pirate Parade, presented by Residence Inn, Amelia Island, to be held on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. as it takes over Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach to the theme of “Shrimping through the Years” Pick Your Favorite Decade. 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 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

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2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade

2012 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate ParadeFernandina Beach, FL – Applications are now being accepting for the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade, sponsored by The Residence Inn Amelia Island, to be held Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island.

Make plans now to participate in this fun and exciting event! Deadline for entry is Friday, April 16, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 Pirate Parade “Shrimping through the Years” Pick Your Favorite Decade. Entries could be a floating time capsule representing the shrimping industry in the years of choice, as one example. The 8 Flags should be historically accurate. To view footage from last year’s Pirate Parade, go to www.shrimpfestival.com and click on the Pirate Parade icon.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three entries in the following categories:

    1. Commercial or Commercially Sponsored Non-Profit
    2. Non-Profit or Civic Organization
    3. Walking, Performing Unit or Vintage/Unique Vehicle
    ***Plus…***Special Award*** Best Special Effects

All participants must pre-register by Friday, April 16, 2012. Parade Application packets are available online at www.shrimpfestival.com or they can be picked at The Residence Inn Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road, Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Centre Street (Depot) or AIFBY Chamber of Commerce in Gateway Center.

The Pre-Parade Safety meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 6 pm at the Residence Inn, Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road. A representative of each registered entrant must attend. A late entry fee of $50 will be required for completed applications received after the deadline of Friday, April 16th.

If you have any questions, please call Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Director Desiree Dinkel at (904) 261-7562 or (904) 415-0952 or send an email to 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

The 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida.

Please bookmark www.shrimpfestival.com to keep up with the latest in festival information and “Like” us on Facebook.

Editors note: To see all of SearchAmelia’s coverage of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, visit: http://www.searchamelia.com/archives/2011-shrimp-festival.

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Deadline Extended for Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts

Deadline Extended for Shrimp Festival Arts and CraftsThe POSTMARK DEADLINE for Fine Arts & Crafts Applications for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida has been extended to February 3, 2012.

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have your artwork viewed by potentially thousands!

Go to www.shrimpfestival.com under Festival Information and click on Vendor Information/Fine Arts & Craft for the application link.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 4, 5 & 6, 2012, with the Pirate Parade on May 3, 2012 at 6 pm, all in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.

For Festival Fine Arts & Crafts information and the application, contact the Island Art Association at 904-261-7020, access their website at www.islandart.org or email James McKinney, Festival Fine Arts & Crafts Director at jimmckart1@gmail.com.

Further Shrimp Festival information can be found at www.shrimpfestival.com or email 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Artist Deadline Approaching

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Artist Deadline ApproachingThe postmark deadline for Artists Applications for the 49th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, Florida is January 18, 2012!

Go to www.shrimpfestival.com under Festival Information and click on Vendor Information/Fine Arts & Craft for the application link.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 4, 5 & 6, 2012, with the Pirate Parade on May 3, 2012 at 6 pm, all in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.

For festival Fine Arts & Crafts information, contact the Island Art Association at 904-261-7020, access their website at www.islandart.org.

Further Shrimp Festival information can be found at www.shrimpfestival.com or email: 4info@shrimpfestival.com.

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Video Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011

Video Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011 It takes me several days to recover from the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and while I was editing the following video, it was easy to see why.

Having been a member of the Fernandina Pirates Club for 20 years, and off and on the Shrimp Festival committee for just as long; I am still amazed each and every year at just how much the festival has to offer. Not only do I have all of the images and video to sort through, edit and publish, but I also have four days worth of pirates costumes to wash for our entire family. Unfortunately, many of these costumes and accessories are hand-wash only! Not to mention cleaning my black powdered gun, and polishing the boots, buckles and weapons.

One of my favorite obligations at the festival is working the shuttle bus stop as a pirate at the top of Centre Street, but I was having so much fun playfully harrassing festival attendees as they arrived, I missed the opportunity to capture any of this on video. The smell of shrimp being cooked at the waterfront food booths tempted me during opening ceremonies, but it wasn’t until I was backstage before the Friday night Pirate Invasion that I finally shared a basket of fish and shrimp with my husband in the dark… and while it was delicious, there simply was not enough light to catch the rising steam of the freshly cooked fare.

We get mobbed walking the street in a pirate costume at Shrimp Festival and it is tons of fun! So, as best as we could with camera and video in tow, we captured the highlights of this extremely long weekend and compiled them into this Summary of Shrimp Festival 2011.

Maybe next year I’ll take my laptop and the Mac so we can set up shop in a room downtown for nearly instant access to freshly charged batteries. A quick dumping of newly captured video and still shots from the memory cards could be done while we get refreshed with a cup of coffee, a change of pirate costumes and grab more beads for the kids! Ah, the life of a modern day Pirate indeed!

Watch for the new icon at the top of SearchAmelia’s website (or CLICK HERE) where you will conveniently find all of the videos we have been publishing from the many different events of this year’s festival, in one single location.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage of the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival!

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Video of the 2011 Ice Cream Eating Contest

2011 Ice Cream Eating ContestCold Stone Creamery of Amelia Island, Florida, sponsors the Ice Cream Eating Contest at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

In 2011, Bobby Oliver, three-time Champion of the Teenager Category competes in the Adult Category for the first time. Will he be able to hold on to his title against a table full of hungry, ice cream loving adults?

As I was editing the following video, I noticed the crowd grew louder as the contestants aged! There is cheering, calls of encouragement and plenty of sideline coaching taking place.

If you haven’t managed to catch this contest at the Shrimp Festival, you should, as the rate of ice cream consumption is most alarming!

Enjoy the video:

2011 Best Decorated Boat Video

2011 Best Decorated Boat ContestBest Decorated Boat contest takes place immediately after the Blessing of the Fleet on Sunday afternoon of the annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This is the opportunity for shrimp boats, commerical fishing boats, recreational boaters, sail boats and even John Boats to compete in a variety of categories for prizes.

This year, the shrimp boat, Island Girl, went all out continuing the theme from Thursday’s parade, Shrimping on Island Time.

All boaters are invited to participate, so mark you calendar now to decorate your boat for the 2012 Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May.

Watch the video here and pick out your favorite Best Decorated Boat:

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2011 Blessing of the Fleet Video

2011 Blessing of the Fleet Blessing of the Fleet is an annual tradition at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival on Sunday afternoon. This religious blessing of all water vessels asks for a safe and productive season. Shrimp boats, commercial and recreational fishing vessels and pleasure crafts lined up to be blessed, a tradition that came with the immigrants from Mediterranean fishing communities.

A prayer is said and the ships sail past the Catholic Priest one by one as the holy water is sprinkled on each passing boat. Many communities incorporate a Blessing of the Fleet into a multi-day festival with concerts, contests, live music and feasting; not unlike our own Shrimp Festival.

Brunswick, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Darien, Georgia; are ports in our area that celebrate the blessing of local fishermen. In Maryland they celebrate to open the oyster harvesting season, here on Amelia Island, we seek blessings for plentiful shrimp.

Here is the video:

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