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Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship Pageant

Miss Shrimp Festival 2014 Scholarship PageantFernandina Beach, FL – The 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant contestant rehearsals will be held weekly, beginning with the organizational meeting and rehearsal on Sunday, March 15, 2014, and continue through April 26. Meetings will be held from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the Bean School of Dance, located at 25 North 3rd Street in historic, Fernandina Beach.

A pageant winner will be announced during the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant held on the Riverfront Stage on Friday evening, May 2, 2014, during the 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The scholarship pageant is sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”.

Eligible participants must be high school level juniors and seniors, attending public, private, alternative, or home schools. Contestants must reside in Nassau County, Florida, but they may attend high school in another county.

Winners will be judged on formal wear, a dinner interview, talent displayed in a choreographed, group routine, and their response to a final question asked on stage.

Mike Buresh of FOX 30 News has committed to emcee the pageant and judges include Bob Ramshaw of the Hampton Inn and Suites, Shannon Brown, vice president of the Fernandina Beach Vystar Credit Union, and Nancy Burnett, a former contestant in the Ms. Senior Jacksonville Pageant.

The 4-part application packet may be downloaded from www.ShrimpFestival.com. Contestants will be accepted until April 5, 2014.

If you would like to participate or you have any questions, please call Pageant Director Crystal Molchan at (904) 583-5715 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

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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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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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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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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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2011 Miss Shrimp Festival Contestants

2011 Miss Shrimp Festival ContestantsFernandina Beach, FL – Twenty-seven contestant have been in rehearsals all during April for the Miss Shrimp Festival 2011 Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn & Suites, Amelia Island, “Historic Harbor Front Hotel”. The pageant winner will be crowned Queen and awarded a $1,000 Scholarship following the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Opening Ceremonies at the Riverfront Stage on Friday evening, April 29, 2011, starting at 6:30 pm.

The contestants will be chauffeured in boats provided by Redmond Boats and Yachts during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade on Thursday.

Contestant Name (School-Grade)

Left to Right

Front Row 1: Samantha Bergquist (FBHS-12), Ashley Ericksen (YHS-12), Alexandra Mazur (FBHS-12), Bethany Mock (FBHS-11)

Row 2: Destiny DeBerry (YHS-12), Skyler Aiello (FBHS-12), Trinity Marshall (FBHS-12)

Row 3: Kalynn Higginbotham (WNHS-12), Emma Coombs (FBHS-12), Averi Welborn (FBHS-12), Stephanie Wit (FBHS-12)

Row 4: Victoria Jarvis (YHS-11), Taran VanderWege (FBHS-11), Elizabeth Buchanan (FBHS-11)

Row 5: Ashton Harris (FBHS-12), Taylor-Renee Owens (FBHS-11), Ashley Stearn (YHS-12), Brandi Walker (WNHS-11)

Back Row 6: Mikayla Paisley (YHS-12), Sarah Parker (FBHS-12), Perrin Bille (FBHS-11)

Not Pictured: Alexis Kostecki (FBHS-12), McKenzie Brown (FBHS-11), Emily Garvin (WNHS-12), Catherine Mullis (FBHS-12), Neely Lanier (FBHS-12), Summer Miller (FBHS-12)

2011 Shrimp Festival Parade

2011 Shrimp Festival 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, April 28, 2011 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 15, 2011.

The theme for the 2011 Pirate Parade “Shrimping on Island Time” A Celebration of Island Living. Entries are encouraged to incorporate music into their float design. The 8 Flags should be historically accurate. To view footage from last year’s Pirate Parade, go to www.shrimpfestival.com and click on Pirate Parade under the Activities & Schedules index.

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 15, 2011. Parade Application packets are available online at www.shrimpfestival.com or they can be picked at The Residence Inn Amelia Island, 2301 Sadler Road, or Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, 102 Centre Street (Depot), Fernandina Beach, FL. Registered entrants will be notified of the time and place for the parade-staging meeting.

If you have any questions, please call Shrimp Festival Pirate Parade Chairman Desiree Dinkel at (904) 845-2733, or send an email to 4info@shrimpfestival.com. The 48th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held April 29 & 30, May 1, 2011 in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida. Bookmark www.shrimpfestival.com to keep up with the latest in festival information.

2010 Shrimp Festival Highlights

2010 Shrimp Festival Highlights

2010 Shrimp Festival Highlights

In Fernandina Beach, Florida, the 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is over, but the memories of this 47th Annual event will remain. If you missed attending the Shrimp Festival this year, here are the highlights in less than six minutes.

Beginning with a glimpse of Thursday’s parade, come see the winner of the Miss Shrimp Festival competition, the night and daytime Invasions of the Pirates, and all of the costume contests. Don’t miss the people, the crafts and artists you may recognize. We even stopped by for a visit with Bad Ass Glass, a “different” stained glass artist and one of my personal favorite booths to visit each year, Robert Linn and his Appalachian Bow Saws. While walking the festival, I finally made it inside the Old Time Photo Shop that recently relocated to Centre Street from 2nd and the owners turned out to be some of the nicest folks!

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As usual the bands were great, especially Nashville’s rising star, Eden’s Edge and Sunday’s Festival Favorites, The Swingin’ Medallions!

The kid’s zone was hopping with activities all weekend long and the “Smiley Face” during the fireworks is still being talked about!

Even if you are there it is hard to see everything, but here is your chance to see what you may have missed at the 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival! Maybe next year, I’ll even have the opportunity to sit down with a plate of shrimp… if I do, I’ll be sure to video that for you, too!

See you next year!!!

Ice Cream Eating Contest (VID)

Ice Cream Eating Contest (VID)

Ice Cream Eating Contest (VID)

Our local Amelia Island Cold Stone Creamery sponsors the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival’s ice cream eating contest, which of course includes consuming shrimp ice cream!

Check out this video from Sunday afternoon’s contest. In this heated competition of kids aged 12 to 17, see for yourself if Bobby Oliver is de-throned or can hold on to his title, bragging rights, a t-shirt and FREE ice cream for a year – for the third year in a row!

Cold Stone Creamery is located at 808 Sadler Road next to Applebees Restaurant. For hours, special orders and more information call (904) 491-8227.

Pirate Scholarship Winner (VID)

Pirate Scholarship Winner

Pirate Scholarship Winner

Each year the Fernandina Pirates Club gives a scholarship to a Nassau County senior. This year the kind hearted and fun loving pirates awarded a $1,500.00 scholarship to Kacey Guenther, a Fernandina Beach high school student who will be attending the University of Miami in the fall.

The recipients are judged on their submitted essays about Pirates, past, present or future. Areas that Pirates are unfamiliar with, such as the knowledge of the alphabet, originality and concept, sited references, grammer and the like are judged by a handful of the plundering pillagers and a winner is chosen.

This year, the best essays the club has ever received were submitted by the young students and two honorable mentions will be rewarded with exposure in a variety of publications.

Here is the video announcing the winners! For more information about the Fernandina Pirates Club visit their website.

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Little Pirate Costume Contest

Little Pirate Costume Contest

Little Pirate Costume Contest

The Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc, has long been a big supporter and sponsor of the Fernandina Pirates Club hosted, Little Pirate Contest.

This festival favorite is indeed a crowd pleaser and the kids are just too cute for words.

Join Molly Mainsail as she announces the 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Little Pirate Contest winners!

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Best Dressed Pirate Contest (VID)

Best Dressed Pirate Contest (VID)

Best Dressed Pirate Contest

Come view the crowning of the winners in the Best Dressed Adult Pirate Costume Contest at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

This year the contest was sponsored by Ye Ole Pirate Fishing Charters at the annual festival on Amelia Island, Florida.

The young at heart put on their best pirate and wench apparel and enter this fun event as the contestants compete for cash prizes.

Enjoy this video, with Captain Wanda Hair at the helm of this exciting contest.
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Invasion of the Pirates 2010 (VID)

Invasion of the Pirates 2010

Invasion of the Pirates 2010

The 2010 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival held a long weekend of activities, events, booths full of arts, crafts and antiques… and lots of shrimp and seafood!

A favorite for the young at heart is the Pirate Invasion held Friday night and repeated on Saturday. This is when the Fernandina Pirate Club members take their shenanigans from the sea and back to shore in a black powder stand-off on the Amelia River. This year the pirate wenches were caught goofing off instead of pillaging and plundering the guests of the festival. When the Pirates find the women frolicing and dancing on stage, they are ordered to take the wenches back to the ship. The wenches aren’t easily controlled and a sword fight ensues. The pirates and wenches determine they are better off teaming up and they take control of Amelia Island and take their traditional march up a very crowded Centre Street in the heart of the festival and raise the club bungee at the historic Fernandina Beach courthouse.

Here is video of the waterfront Pirate Invasion:
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Shrimp Festival Fireworks

Shrimp Festival Fireworks

Shrimp Festival Fireworks

Here is a sampling of last night’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Fireworks Display, just in case you missed them. This was the 47th Annual event held in historic Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida.

As usual, the fireworks never disappoint and I would not be surprised to learn there were record crowds at this event.

However, the timing of the Pirate Invasion and the Fireworks were moved up about 15 minutes due to incoming storms.

Enjoy the Fireworks!

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Shrimp Ice Cream Contest

Shrimp Ice Cream

Shrimp Ice Cream (Photo by: Fotobank.com)

If you haven’t already heard, there will be an ice cream eating contest at the Shrimp Festival, shrimp flavored ice cream! The Ice Cream Eating Contest is on Sunday at 2:00 PM on the Pirate Stage located at the waterfront in historic Fernandina Beach.

In 2004, our local Cold Stone Creamery wanted to contribute to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival so they thought it would be fun to create shrimp flavored ice cream. They asked Ray Karam, the tastemaster for Cold Stone and an exclusive Amelia Island Shrimp Flavored ice cream was created. They are not allowed to give away the recipe, but the ice cream does contain real shrimp and the local store next to Applebees sells out of it every single Shrimp Festival, the only time they are permitted to offer this unique flavor to their customers.

So how do you make a Cold Stone Creation from shrimp ice cream? Most people mix pineapple and cococut with it. Shrimp does not really have much of a taste, it is what you season the shrimp with that gives it flavor. The typical comment from a first time taster is, “Wow, that’s actually pretty good!”

If you are brave enough to try shrimp flavored ice cream, the store will sell it during the weekend and the Fraternal Order of Police will be selling Cold Stone ice cream in their booth at the festival.

If you want to enter the contest, there are three categories:
Adult (17 and up)
Teen (11 to 16 years)
Youth (10 and under)

Everyone signs up at the Shrimp Festival and ten names per category will be drawn. The first person to eat the entire contents will win First Prize, FREE ice cream for a year and a Cold Stone T-Shirt. Adults and teens will have to put back a quart of ice cream with only two small sample spoons to use. The Youth contestants will be challenged with eating a pint of ice cream. This is all done on the Pirate stage, so Pirates and members of the audience will be watching!

You may want to know the best way to relieve an ice cream headache before you sign up and the experts at Cold Stone Creamery tell me, “Brain Freeze? Just inhale warm air!” Which shouldn’t be a problem with the warm temperatures expected this weekend.

This is the third year Cold Stone will be hosting the contest. Be sure to wave at their Dune Buggy in the Pirate Parade Thursday evening! It’s a great day for ice cream!