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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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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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Russell Colburn to Emcee 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant

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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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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