It is time for the Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s Scholarship Pageant. Sponsored by The Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, the pageant is open to high school level juniors and seniors, currently attending public, private, alternative and home schools. Eligible participants must reside in Nassau County, but may attend high school in another county.

Participation requirements include attending rehearsals for the pageant on Sundays, riding on the pageant float in the Pirate Parade on Thursday May 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., taking part in the Contestant Dinner and Interview portion of the pageant on Wednesday May 3, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. and, of course, participating on stage in the Miss Shrimp Festival 2017 Scholarship Pageant on Friday evening, May 5, 2017. Russell Colburn of Jacksonville’s Action News will emcee the event, and General Manager Bob Ramshaw of The Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, will present the winner of the Miss Shrimp Festival 2017 Pageant with a $1,000 scholarship.

An organizational meeting and first rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Bean School of Dance, 25 N. 3rd Street in Fernandina Beach. The application can be found at and will be used in judging and in developing information for the pageant.

Applicants will be accepted until March 19, 2017. Rehearsals are scheduled for every Sunday, March 19 through April 30, 2017 in Fernandina Beach. There will be NO REHERSAL on April 16, 2017 as that is Easter Sunday. Additional rehearsal times may be scheduled during the week as determined by contestants’ school and work schedules. It is important that you commit your time to attend as many rehearsals as possible to build confidence with your performance, choreographed by Kristen Conner, on stage during the pageant.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Baptist Medical Center-Nassau, kicks-off with a Pirate Parade on May 4, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. Food booths, the Kids Fun Zone, and River Front Stage Entertainment open Friday, May 5th. Saturday and Sunday peruse over 400 arts, crafts, antiques, food, and sponsor booths throughout 16 blocks of historic, Fernandina Beach… and that does not include the river front or Kids Fun Zone areas. There will be fireworks, Pirate Invasions, contests, boat parades, ceremonies, and nationally recognized entertainment. For more information about this 54th annual Florida event visit

If you have any questions about the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, please contact Pageant Director Crystal Haney at (912) 674-3316, or by email: