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It Took Weeks to Edit 2015 Shrimp Festival Images

It Took Weeks to Edit 2015 Shrimp Festival ImagesIt takes weeks to edit the thousands and thousands of pictures and video shot at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Local photographer, Helmut Albrecht, of Slices of Life Photo Studio, has an outstanding seventh, or maybe eighth natural sense when it comes to capturing time… it is indeed a gift. And as it turns out, his wife Peggy, has quite an eye for photography, too!

Nearly a month after the Shrimp Festival, Helmut was able to finish putting together his Shrimp Festival 2015 slideshow.

Here is the slideshow:

Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival 2015 from Slices of Life Photostudio on Vimeo.

Enjoy!

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What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

What to do at the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix, will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida, May 1 – 3, 2015, with a Pirate Parade at 6:00 PM, on Thursday, April 30th.

There will be a fantastic sidewalk sale in downtown Fernandina Beach, beginning at 10:00 AM on Friday, May 1st, and hosted by the merchants of the Historic Fernandina Business Association. The Shrimp Festival officially opens at 5:30 PM with live musical entertainment by the band DRB.

From 6:00 to 10:00 PM, the expanded Kids Fun Zone will be open at its new location at Central Park, in the 1200 block of Atlantic Avenue. There will be several activities such as a rock climbing wall, Zippy Pets, a giant slide, and a power jump. There will be vendors, an art show, food booths, ponies, puppets and much, much more. Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Show and Ben Mathews JuggleSTUFF will be entertaining kids of all ages with shows held throughout the evening.

From 5:30 to 10:30 PM, the downtown waterfront offers live music, and colorful pirates. Tasty dishes like a low country boil, crab cakes, grilled shrimp, Cajun shrimp, fried shrimp, and other seafood dishes will be cooking in food booths operated by local non-profit charities to satisfy your cravings. Opening ceremonies will be held at 6:30 on the main stage, followed by the popular Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant and the Pirate Parade Awards. After the sun has set you can dance in the street while the band plays familiar songs, and peruse the booths located near the harbor like Action News, Coca Cola, the Shrimp Festival merchandise tent, or check out what the Pirates have displayed in their booth this year. You won’t want to miss taking a tour of the University of Georgia’s “Georgia Bulldog”, a fully operational shrimp boat. But be prepared for mayhem, because at 9:30 the Invasion of the Pirates takes place immediately before the spectacular fireworks show. The party continues until the festival closes at 10:30.

On Saturday morning at 9:00 AM, the Kids Fun Zone and the waterfront vendors are joined by over 350 booths full of fine arts and crafts, and antiques. These additional booths can be found lining all of Centre Street, and a block north and south on every cross road, from the waterfront’s railroad tracks to Eight Street.

At 9:30 the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble will take the waterfront stage, and in the Kids Fun Zone, The Pirate in Training (ages 0 to 5) and the Little Pirate Contests (ages 6 and up) begin at 10:00. The dancers from Bean School of Dance with perform at 11:00.

Bring your bearded friends to the waterfront stage at 10:30 and encourage them to enter the 48th Annual Topsy Smith Memorial Beard Contest. At 11:00, Fresh From Florida and Georgia Grown will be offering a Cooking Demonstration by Celebrity Chefs Justin Timineri (Florida) and Holly Chute (Georgia). At noon, beware, for those Fernandina Pirates will invade Amelia Island and storm up Centre Street.

The afternoon brings a new and promising voice in country music to the waterfront’s main stage with Bryan Mayer performing at 1:00 PM. Dominic Gaudious, a passionate artist on both the twelve string guitar and the Australian Didgeridoo, will play a short set at 4:00, just before The Edgar Winter Band takes the stage at 4:30. Co-sponsored by the Amelia Island Blues Festival, the Shrimp Festival Committee, Northeast Florida Blues Society and RockTenn, you will likely recognize Edgar Winter’s hits Free Ride and Frankenstein. This rock and blues legend will play until the festivities end at 6:00 PM on Saturday.

Sunday begins with the Kids Fun Zone, the waterfront, and all of the arts, crafts and antique booths opening at 10:00 AM for your pleasure. In the Fun Zone Pak’s Karate will offer a demonstration at 11:00, or you can Learn to be a Pirate at 3:30 with the Fernandina Pirates Club. Performances continue throughout the weekend by Rick Hubbard’s Kazoobie Kazoo Show as well as JuggleSTUFF with Ben Mathews.

Sunday’s waterfront entertainment includes Back From the Brink, a bluegrass and country band at 11:00 AM, and local cover group, Decades Band, takes the stage at noon. River activities begin at 1:30 with the Blessing of the Fleet, the Laying of the Wreath and the Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Contest. The party band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions perform from 2:30 to 3:30, but during their break at 3:30 the Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream Eating Contest takes place, where contestants race each other to finish a variety of ice cream flavors including shrimp ice cream. The Swingin’ Medallions hit the stage again at 4:00 for another exciting set and the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival official closes at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is FREE!

Parking is available on Friday at Fernandina Beach High School, 435 Citrona Drive, for only $10.00. This includes a free, air-conditioned shuttle ride to and from the festival from 6:00 to 11:00 PM.

Parking is available at both FBHS and Southside Elementary School, 1112 Jasmine Street, on Saturday and Sunday, for $10.00, shuttle fee included. Saturday shuttle hours are 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM, and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parking is also available at Buccaneer Field, South 11th Street and Beech Street, for $10.00; this is within walking distance of the festival and the Kids Fun Zone.

For more information please visit ShrimpFestival.com.

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2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot Closures

2015 Shrimp Festival Street and Parking Lot ClosuresPublic Notice: FESTIVAL NOTICE OF STREET & PARKING LOT CLOSURES

EFFECTIVE FOR SHRIMP FESTIVAL: The following street and parking lot closures will be effective this week in order to set up for the Shrimp Festival: City Waterfront Parking Lot A and B will be closed from Midnight, Wednesday, April 29th until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd. City Waterfront Parking Lots C, and D, the Library Parking Lot and the parking lot at 2nd and Alachua will be closed to unauthorized vehicles from Midnight, Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd.

Beginning at 5:00 PM Friday, May 1st, there will be NO PARKING on the streets and public parking lots of the downtown Centre Street Business District (bordered by Ash and Alachua Streets, from 8th Street to the waterfront). This area will remain closed to parking until Midnight, Sunday, May 3rd, in order to finish clean up and street sweeping. Signs will be posted throughout the downtown area and unauthorized cars will be towed.

Any vehicle issued a Festival Parking Permit must fill in the information requested and prominently display the hang tag on the rear view mirror. Vehicles which park improperly, but display a hang tag with no information, will be subject to towing, at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Rosa Adams Grand Marshall of the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalAll images are courtesy of Ms Rosa Adams.

In November, 1963, a well-educated woman from Kentucky, Rosa Adams, the full-time supervisor of the Marina Welcome Center located in Fernandina Beach, was invited to attend a meeting where shrimp boat owners felt they could create something larger than a simple shrimp boat race. With her experience in public relations, that idea has grown into an annual festival with over 150,000 visitors expected in 2015. The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, celebrates its 52nd annual event May 1 – 3, 2015.

The original founders of the Shrimp Boat Festival were Chairman Melvin Dougherty, Co-chair Billy Burbank, Photographer Karl Holland, and Publicity Chairman Rosa B. Adams.

This year, the Shrimp Festival Committee, along with the community, will show Rosa Adams their heartfelt appreciation by recognizing her as the 2015 Grand Marshall. The festivities begin when she takes her place at 6:00 PM, riding in the Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th, the traditional kick-off to this amazing weekend in Northeast Florida.

Having served on and off of the Shrimp Festival Committee for over 20 years, listening to Miss Rosa reminisce of the earliest days of the Festival took me back in history. At the time of the inaugural Shrimp Festival you could purchase a man’s short sleeved dress shirt for only $2.99 at Partin’s on Atlantic Avenue, and a one pound can of Maxwell House coffee was just 48 cents at Food Fair.

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The teepee shaped Marina Welcome Station was a joint venture of the Florida Development Commission and the City of Fernandina Beach. The only state-staffed and maintained marina welcome station in the world, at the time, this was the first marina stop in the state if you were heading south. Employed by the Florida Development Commission, she welcomed the mariners with clean showers, tourism brochures, up-to-date maps of the waterways, and samples of Florida’s famous orange juice. This was a time when electronic communications consisted of the teletype machine, and NOAA weather reports came from the Jacksonville airport weather office at Imeson Field.

Hugh Stone of Standard Oil would tell people, “Stop at the welcome center in Fernandina Beach and ask for Rosa Adams and you’ll get the best information.”

1972-award-rosa-adamsBefore Adams involvement in what was locally known as the “Shrimp Boat Festival”, Fernandina Beach was virtually unknown, except for a few business leaders in Jacksonville. Ruth Brown, executive secretary of the Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce once wrote, “We feel most fortunate to have a lady of Mrs. Adams caliber to work with in our joint endeavors to promote tourism in the Fernandina Beach area and in the State of Florida as we feel that she is symbolic of public relations in its best form.”

Once she began promoting the area and it’s Championship Shrimp Boat Races on television, radio, and print media, both nationally and internationally, wealthy developers, and businessmen in Tallahassee, began to take notice of Fernandina Beach… “And the rest”, they say, “Is history.”

In 1972, Miss Rosa received a plaque, shaped like the state of Florida that read, “Presented with deep appreciation to Rosa B. Adams for untiring effort and outstanding contributions to Eight Flags Shrimp Boat Races by Fernandina Beach Chamber of Commerce.” Mrs. Adams’ professional and personal contributions have been recognized widely by a variety of civic organizations and clubs in Florida and the U. S.

Married to the late Don Adams, Miss Rosa’s most important duty was that of wife and mother. The couple raised three children working shoulder to shoulder with the most highly respected people, locally and around the world. Taught as children to treat all people in a fair and equal tone, the couple retired in 1995.

Of herself she wrote, “Ms. Rosa Adams, the writer, was born during the Great Depression in the foothills of Kentucky, crying, naked, wet and hungry.”

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Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp Festival

Celebrity Chefs Cooperative Cooking Demo at Shrimp FestivalExecutive Chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture Offer Cooking Demonstration at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

The executive chefs from Florida and Georgia’s Departments of Agriculture, Justin Timineri and Holly Chute, respectively, will be offering a joint cooking demonstration during the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival at 11:00 am, on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Justin-timineri-Florida-chefInternational Culinary Ambassador Chef Justin Timineri, representing the State of Florida and the “Fresh From Florida” brand, is a certified executive chef, author, and television personality. In 2006 he won the Food Network Challenge, Great American Seafood Cook-off, in New Orleans where he held the title of having the country’s best domestic seafood dish.

Justin’s responsibilities include promoting Florida’s many outstanding commodities and he has participated in many high profile events around the world such as the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he showcased Florida’s cuisine to medal winners and Olympic legends at the USA house. He has been the event chef for NASCAR, PGA, and the Kentucky Derby.

Most recently Chef Justin can be seen nationally on the Cooking Channel where he is a guest on several episodes on Emeril Lagasse’s new TV show “Emeril’s Florida”. He is also the resident chef on the award winning television series “How to do Florida”.

Justin was raised in Florida and his straight forward approach to cooking relies on simple ingredients combined with fresh seasonal produce.

holly-chute-Georgia-ChefExecutive Chef Holly Chute represents the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the state’s largest economic sector. She serves as a liaison between Georgia’s farmers/producers and the food service industry. Chef Holly is one of the most visible faces of the popular “Georgia Grown” program and appears regularly at festivals and community events.

Executive Chef of the Georgia Governor’s Mansion under six administrations, one political observer remarked, “Georgia Republicans and Democrats can agree on at least one thing: Holly’s cooking.” She has welcomed foreign heads of state, former US presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and members of England’s Royal family with her southern style that showcases Georgia’s fresh, agricultural products. She has cooked alongside many celebrity chefs including Cat Cora, Todd English and Paula Deen. Of her many honors and accolades, she considers Jeff Foxworthy’s request for a doggy bag (to take home extra fried chicken) to be a most memorable achievement.

On May 2, 2015, Chefs Timineri and Chute will share their collective expertise in a cooking demonstration during the Shrimp Festival. You won’t want to miss this spectacular culinary event featuring selective dishes of fresh, wild-caught, local shrimp. The event takes place at the waterfront in historic, Fernandina Beach, Florida. There is no admission fee to attend.

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2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All

2015 Pirate Parade Features Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for AllApplications are now being accepted for the Pirate Parade to be held on April 30, 2015, as a kick-off to the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. This year’s Grand Marshall of the Parade is Rosa Adams, one of the original founders of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Your 2015 Parade Theme is: “Shrimp, Pirates and Fun for All.”

Sponsored by the Marriott Residence Inn on Amelia Island, your business or organization can be a part of the Pirate Parade, too, simply fill out a Parade Application by April 23rd, a Participation Agreement and pay your entry fee. Parade entry fees range from $35.00 for a non-profit organization, to a fee of $85.00 for political candidates.

Parade entries will be judged in the following categories:
-Commercial or commercially sponsored non-profit
-Non-profit or civic organization
-Walking group
-Band or performing group

A bonus award will also be given to the entry with the Best Special Effects. Winners will be contacted following the parade so a representative can be at the Main Stage of the Shrimp Festival to receive their award during the presentation on Friday evening.

The Opening Ceremony for the Shrimp Festival is Friday, May 1st, at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7:00 p.m. Many waterfront booths, the Kids Zone and the waterfront food booths open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Saturday May 2nd, the festival gets bigger with nearly 400 arts and crafts vendors joining the fun from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 3, 2015, the festival is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! Best of all… admission to the festival is FREE!

The deadline to enter the Pirate Parade is April 23, 2015. For more information please visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp Festival

Exhibit Your Art at Shrimp FestivalThe application deadline to exhibit your art at the 52nd Annual Island of Eight Flags Arts and Crafts Show is January 31, 2015.

Applications to have your arts and crafts on display at the 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival are now being accepted.

This show is an annual juried event and is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. The street festival features fine arts and crafts, antiques, live entertainment, Blessing of the shrimp boat fleet, pirate invasions, family friendly contests, a Kids Fun Zone and of course, lots and lots of shrimp! This is an excellent atmosphere to exhibit and sell your work. Over 135, 000 visitors are expected for the 2-day art show.

All accepted artists are eligible for prize money. A panel of judges will review the entire show and select which artist’s work is eligible for the prizes. Categories include oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and pastels, fiber art, drawing and print making, glass, pottery, photography, metal, jewelry, wood, and creative crafts (Baskets, floral, shell art etc.) Best in Show receives $2,500, First Place $1,200, Second Place $800, Third Place $500, and each individual category will have a Judge’s Choice Award of $300.00.

The dates of the art show are Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download your official 2015 Shrimp Festival Application at islandart.org/shrimp-festival-application/. Remember, the submission deadline is January 31, 2015. For more information visit IslandArt.org or ShrimpFestival.com.

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