Radko Ornament for 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Exclusive Radko Ornament for 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp FestivalThe 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Christmas ornament, designed by The Christopher Radko Company, is now available at The Christmas Shop on the River in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

This year’s ornament, “Pierre Corsair” is an exclusive design, and part of a collectible set of ornaments with shrimp, pirates and other sea-worthy creations created just for the Shrimp Festival!

Pierre Corsair, blown from clear tempered glass, is injected with liquid sterling to give the ornament its luminescence. Hand painted details include Amelia Island’s eight flag history detailed on the ship’s wheel Pierre clings to. Careful attention is given to the delicate nature of his traditional pirate hat and accompanying head scarf. Pierre’s blue eyes sparkle and his rosy cheeks are reminiscent of Kris Kringle, though his jacket is green with golden trim. His red sateen pants are neatly tucked into his rugged black boots and the entire ornament is adorned with the fabulous trim and glitter giving the ornament its signature Radko “sparkle”.

Each Christopher Radko glass Christmas ornament is handmade using molds carved by hand. Craftsmen use the same process used during the Renaissance period in molding, glass blowing, lining with silver, painting and finishing the ornaments by hand to deliver the finest glass ornaments. It takes several weeks and an entire team of artists to create a Radko ornament.

The Christopher Radko brand of ornaments is synonymous with quality and craftsmanship, and this year’s Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival exclusive ornament is a fine family heirloom.

The ornament sells for $74.99 and can be shipped for only $10.00 more. Pierre Corsair is available exclusively at all five Christmas Shop locations including the Christmas Shop in the Market and Christmas Shop on the River in Savannah, Georgia; the Christmas on the Harbor in Hilton Head, South Carolina; A Charleston Christmas in Charleston, South Carolina, and of course the Christmas Shop on the River located at 202 Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

For more information about these limited edition ornaments, or to order yours, please call (904) 261-0747.

Shrimp Festival Seen at USA Today Online

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Photo by Kimberly Kappel

Author Susan B. Barnes, co-host of #girlstravel Twitter Chat, Mondays at 2:00 p.m. had a piece on seafood festivals across the U.S.A. published this week on USAToday.com, and the Shrimp Festival is included.

SearchAmelia takes tons of images and video each year at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, and were thrilled to see they used two of our submitted photos.

The picture of the cooked, fresh, wild caught shrimp was taken by Kimberly Kappel and she was thrilled to see her picture! Kappel said, “I spent ten years writing and taking pictures professionally. It was a pleasure to make the fron page of the local newspapers. Now, after years of volunteer event photography, a friend submitted a picture and it’s been nationally published.”

I’m honored she called me “a friend”.

My picture is of the kids in the parade.shrimp-festival-parade-fernandina-photo-by-Judie_mackie-2

Here is a link to the article: Click HERE

To learn more about Barnes, please visit her website www.travlingirl.com.

Chicago Blues Night at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Chicago Blues Night at Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival

Mud Morganfield by Chris Monaghan

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is thrilled to announce their “Chicago Blues Night” featuring Mud Morganfield. Presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society, Muddy Waters’ first born son, Larry “Mud” Williams (born 1954), was raised by his mother and often heard the nicknames of “Muddy”, “Muddy Jr.” and “Little Muddy”, but he prefers Mud Morganfield and it is fitting. It’s uncanny how much he looks and sounds like his dad.

Jeff Malone, the president of the Amelia Island Blues Society recalls, “I first met Mr. Morganfield on September 14, 2013, when he arrived at the Amelia Island Blues Festival as the headliner just after the release of his ‘Son of the Seventh Son’ album. As a lifelong Blues fan, along with many others, I consider his father the undeniable godfather of Chicago Blues. After his performance I was reminded of the saying ‘the apple didn’t fall far from the tree’. Not only does he resemble his dad physically, he delivered a lyric in the same unique charismatic way committed completely to his craft.”

Since that September day in 2013 Mud Morganfield has won the 2013 Blues Blast Magazine Award, and the 36th Annual 2015 Blues Music Award for his cd “For Pops: A Tribute To Muddy Waters” in the ‘Traditional Blues Album’ category. He also headlined the 2015 Chicago Blues Festival celebrating the 100th birthday of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon.

Malone added, “The Amelia Island Blues Society is proud to call Mud Morganfield a friend and look forward to his return to Amelia Island.”

Mud rarely saw his famous father and said, “He was always on the road working” but, as he notes, the old man was always there for him. “I always have played music. Pops used to buy me a set of drums every Christmas. I started off as a drummer and gradually went to playing bass…” Only recently has Mud stepped forward to embrace his musical gifts, a big voice that can only be compared to his daddy’s.

Mud is now ready to honor his pops and his music. “I started to sing to show the world that dad left me here. I love and am proud to sing his songs just like I love and will always be proud of him. I’m not Muddy Waters and I’m certainly not trying to be Muddy Waters. I’m Mud Morganfield. But when I’m up on stage I always feel Pops is there with me and it means so much that I can get on stage and keep his music alive around the world.”

gitlo-leeFollowing Opening Ceremonies at 6:00, and the Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Hampton Inn and Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front Hotel, at 6:30, Mud Morganfield will take the Isle of Eight Flag’s Shrimp Festival Riverfront Stage on Friday, April 29, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. Friday’s line-up continues with the Invasion of the Pirates at 9:00, a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15, and Gitlo Lee, the Blues man of the South, who takes the stage at 9:30 with a three-piece blues group set to close the festival at 10:00 p.m.

Located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, this 53rd Annual event features a four day multi-genre festival including A Fine Arts and Crafts Show, A Music Festival, A Food Festival, An Antique Festival, and A Family Festival all rolled into one long and festive weekend!

The concert and festival are FREE and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

6:00pm Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm Miss Shrimp Festival 2016 Scholarship Pageant
(Sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites Amelia Island Historic Harbor Front Hotel)
7:30pm Mud Morganfield
(Sponsored by Amelia Island Blues Society)
9:00pm Invasion of the Pirates
9:15pm Fireworks
9:30pm Gitlo Lee
10:00pm End of entertainment at the Riverfront Stage

Meet the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Executive Committee

Meet the 2016 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Executive CommitteeIt takes a full year of planning and dozens of volunteers to organize the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival held in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida. Always held the first weekend in May, the 53rd Annual Festival will be held April 28, 29 and 30, and May 1, 2016.

This exciting festival offers something for everyone. It is an Arts and Crafts Festival with an exceptional display of antiques and collectibles. In addition, there are over 350 award winning and talented artists who specialize in jewelry, glass, paintings, photography, sculptures of clay, metal, wood and fiber, apparel, and more. It is a Family Festival with kid-friendly events, booths, entertainment and attractions, including a newly expanded, dedicated Kids Fun Zone. The Shrimp Festival is also a Music Festival with three days of non-stop national, regional and local entertainment. And, of course, it is a Food Festival with shrimp and seafood dishes aplenty, all prepared to tempt any craving by Nassau County non-profit organizations.

Shrimp Festival Chairman Harry Harrison said, “When I was first asked to help with the Shrimp Festival, I never knew how many dedicated folks it took to make this four day event successful. Now as Chairman, I see how hard this group of people work, year around and for free, to insure that the Shrimp Festival is the very best. I could not ask for a more dedicated group of volunteers.”

This non-profit organization is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors and run 100% by talented and ambitious volunteers in the community. They oversee a variety of aspects within the festival such as Food Booths, Logistics, Merchandise, Publicity, Transportation, Beverages Sales, Hospitality, Parade, Opening Ceremonies and the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, just to name a few. These Directors are involved in everything, from organizing the Artists to hauling off the trash. Generously willing to be hands-on, they work long shifts outdoors, and interact with the exhibitors, vendors, entertainers, and guests respectfully. It takes a village to put on a world-class festival, and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival could not function without the volunteers who give tirelessly of their time and skills.

The Festival’s Vice Chair Pat Kaminski, who has been a volunteer with the Shrimp Festival for over 20 years, added, “I have worked on the committee all these years because I believe the Shrimp Festival is vital to this community. Where else can all our non-profits make that kind of money in such a short amount of time? They work very hard that one weekend, then have the money they need for scholarships and all the other good things they do the rest of the year.”

The 2016 Festival kicks-off on Thursday, April 28th, in downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida, with the popular Pirate Parade that starts promptly at 6:00 p.m.

Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. the Kids Fun Zone located at Central Park on Atlantic Avenue, and Fernandina’s historic waterfront, come alive with food booths, giveaways, live music, Opening Ceremonies, and the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant. This year the Festival is celebrating “Chicago Blues Night” on Friday, featuring Mud Morganfield, Muddy Waters’ first born son. Presented by the Amelia Island Blues Society, this amazing concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Pirate Invasion, fireworks, and a street dance! The activities end at 10:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 29th, the festival expands to include hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, antiques and collectibles exhibitors, and more delicious food booths. There will be contests, live music, and of course, scores of pirates, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fernandina Beach is the “Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry” and the festivities continue Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. by honoring our shrimp boat fleet with an emotional Wreath Ceremony, a Best Decorated Shrimp Boat Parade, and the Blessing of the Fleet. Enjoy the arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, Kids Fun Zone, the food, and so much more until the festival closes with the South’s favorite party band, The Swingin’ Medallions.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival is consistently rated by “Sunshine Artist Magazine” in the top 100 North America best events. Admission to the festival is FREE!

Pictured (left to right)
Executive Board Member Christine Scott, Vice Chairperson Pat Kaminski, Executive Board Member Roger Wasik, Festival Chairman Harry Harrison, Secretary Mary Sikes, Treasurer Dawn Lunt, and Executive Board Member Mel Aiken.

Not pictured is Immediate Past Chair Wanda Hair.

2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt Design Announced

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Steve Whitlock worked as a fishing guide and sportsman, leading him to a rewarding career as a wildlife artist and marine illustrator. This Florida native has over 40 years experience fishing, hunting and exploring the wild places most people never see and this is evident in his winning design for the 2015 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival T-Shirt.

Presented by Publix, this 52nd annual, three-day festival celebrates the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, on the first weekend of May each year, in historic Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Born in Tampa and raised in Naples, Whitlock spent his childhood fishing and hunting around the Sunshine State, but Steve didn’t develop an interest in painting until the early 1990s. With encouragement and support from his wife, family & friends, he applied to the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida to become a wildlife artist. He graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Steve’s artwork will be included on official Shrimp Festival T-shirts, tank tops, tote bags and more. Hats, aprons, ornaments and Tervis tumblers are just some of the official Shrimp Festival souvenirs available during the festival.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival will be held May 1 – 3, 2015, with a community Pirate Parade kicking-off the celebrations on Thursday evening, April 30th, at 6:00 PM. Beginning Friday morning you can enjoy a sidewalk sale presented by the merchants in downtown Fernandina Beach. The Festival officially opens with live music by DRB beginning at 5:30 on the waterfront stage. The newly expanded Kids Fun Zone will premier in its Central Park location Friday evening, and all of the food, sponsors, and exhibitor’s booths located at the waterfront will be open until 10:00 pm. Entertainment Friday evening includes live music, the Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, and a Pirate Invasion followed by a fantastic fireworks show at 9:45 pm.

Saturday the fun starts early, at 9:00 AM, when the art show opens with nearly 400 artisans competing for over $7,500 in cash awards. The Festival is open until 6:00 pm, so you will have plenty of time to see fine arts and crafts, antique dealers, participate in contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, see live musical entertainment, including The Edgar Winters Band at 4:30, interact with scores of playful pirates, and visit the Kids Fun Zone with activities, games and food. Best of all, admission is FREE!

Sunday, the festival’s Fun Zone, arts, crafts and antique booths remain open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with the addition of the Best Decorated Boat Parade, a Wreath Ceremony, and the Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet at the waterfront. Sunday’s entertainment includes Back From the Brink, Decades Band, and The Swingin’ Medallions. And remember, admission to the entire festival is free!

Always held the first weekend in May, learn more at www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Farmers Market is Open Rain or Shine

Farmers Market is Open Rain or ShineThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will both be open in historic, downtown on March 14, 2015.

The farmers’ market, located on North Seventh Street, features new seasonal produce from our farmers as the spring season rapidly approaches.

You will find early harvests of yellow crookneck and summer squash coming in at Boatright Farms, as well as zucchini and early Vidalia onions.

Amelia Pasta now offers gluten free in their sweet potato pasta, and lemon garlic orzo.

Island Juice and Java serves up hot coffee, and chai tea, as well as hot chocolate with your choice of marshmallows, chocolate chips, mint chips or whipped cream. They also serve mango-pineapple and strawberry-banana smoothies, lemonade, and more.

For the next two weeks, the farmers’ market is assisting Relay For Life with their Canned Food Drive. You are encouraged to drop off cans at the farmers’ market that will be used to hold down the Luminaria bags during their seaside ceremony on March 21st. After the ceremony, the food will be donated to Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s domestic violence shelter.

The Arts Market, located adjacent to the farmers’ market will offer over 20 local artists and craftsman booths. You will find original art, apparel, stoneware, ceramics, jewelry, fused glass, pet supplies, essential oils and more.

Both markets are open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, rain or shine, and music this week will be provided by the Hambone Stumps Band.

For more information, or to submit an application to join either the farmers market or the Arts Market, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Expands Kids Fun Zone

pirate-jason-with-giant-shrimp-2The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, always held the first weekend in May, is expanding the Kids Fun Zone. Now located at Central Park, on Atlantic Avenue in Fernandina Beach, the bigger and better location will permit the Festival Committee to bring you more vendors, more activities, more entertainment and more fun!

Kids Zone Festival Chair Catherine Eleazer said, “We’ve outgrown our location; it was too crowded.” The new location offers the extra space to add more kid friendly booths, games and other concessions. “Every year, I have to turn away vendors who would be a great addition to the Shrimp Festival,” Catherine added. “The Kids Zone really brings people together. I stay in touch with many of the exhibitors’ year ’round, it’s like one big, happy family!”

The upcoming 52nd Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival kicks-off with a 6 o’clock Pirate Parade on Thursday, April 30th. Then on Friday, historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida is transformed into a festive weekend of art, pirates, music, and shrimp! There is a juried art show with over 300 artisans competing for more than $7,500 in cash awards. In addition there will be over 50 antique dealers, contests throughout the festival for kids of all ages, live musical entertainment including local, regional and national acts, scores of playful pirates, and of course, the newly expanded Kids Fun Zone, in its more convenient location, with children’s rides and activities, family friendly entertainment and more of the foods kids love.

The Kids Fun Zone will be open:
Friday, May 1, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm
Saturday, May 2nd, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and
Sunday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor in the Kids Fun Zone, please send your contact information and pictures of your booth or products to Catherine Eleazer, 2108 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.

Admission is FREE for the entire festival!

For more information visit www.ShrimpFestival.com.

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Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp Festival

Where to Find Pirates at the 2014 Shrimp FestivalThe 51st Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival takes place May 2 – 4, 2014, on Amelia Island, Florida. This FREE, three day festival is full of entertainment, delicious shrimp dishes, a Kids Fun Zone, over 300 arts and crafts booths, antique exhibitors and of course, those gnarly Pirates!

Thursday May 1st, the weekend kicks off with a Pirate Parade that begins at 6:00 pm and runs through the heart of historic, Fernandina Beach. Floats, bands and walking entries will put on their best wench and pirate costumes to compete for the Pirate Parade Awards. As a finale to this parade, scores of Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc, members and their Swabbies (pirates in training) will take to the streets with their large pirate ship float, Amelia’s Revenge. Black powdered pistols, rifles and cannons onboard the ship are lit igniting the imagined chaos of the town being taken over by Pirates!

Friday evening the waterfront area of the Festival opens at 6:00 PM with live music, opening ceremonies, the parade awards and the crowning of the 2014 Miss Shrimp Festival. In the midst of the excitement is a Pirate Booth offering swords, hooks, pirate hats, patches, flags and more.

lowes-pirate-ship2014This year children are invited to build a pirate ship with a functioning “plank” and sails, thanks to the generous folks from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores. But, soon after, as cannon fire and screams ring out in the night, the Pirates invade the town and take over the stage and subject the citizens to an amazing history lesson about their brethren. Then the much anticipated fireworks are shot overhead, lighting up the sky over the Amelia River followed by dancing in the streets to the amazing sounds of KTG until 10:30 PM.

Saturday morning the pirates can be found roaming the streets and in their booth as early as 9:00 am.

At 10:00 am, look for Pirates in the Kids Fun Zone for the Pirates in Training Contest (ages 5 and under) and the Little Pirate Contest (ages 6 and over), sponsored by Ann Teague Bonding Agency, Inc.

invasion-pirates-2014There will be an Invasion of the Pirates at noon, where they march through the streets from the waterfront to the courthouse and raise a Pirate Flag over Amelia Island.

The Best Dressed Adult Pirate Contest is G-Rated and open to anyone who dares enter. Sponsored by SearchAmelia.com, this fun and lively contest takes place near the waterfront at 12:30 pm where Pirates shine up their buckles and compete for cash prizes. This year, our guest judge will be Captain Edgar Hansen of the F/V Northwestern as featured on Discovery Channel’s #1 ranked show, Deadliest Catch

“Learn to be a Pirate”, a class for children led by members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, takes place at 3:30 pm in the Kids Fun Zone. Then they will pillage and plunder their way back through the streets to the waterfront stage to listen to platinum selling artist, Edwin McCain. The festivities of the Shrimp Festival end at 6:00 pm.

The action starts over again Sunday, at 10:00 am with Pirates in their booth trading their wares from around the world, mostly China, and nurse their wounds from the previous two battles. Now that the Island has been seized and is under control of the Pirates, they are free to roam the streets and frolic with the guests of the Festival. Pirates will be found witnessing the Blessing of the Fleet, and enjoying the Decorated Boat Parade on the Amelia River, and at 2:30 pm you’ll find many of them dancing to the Party Band of the South, The Swingin’ Medallions.

If you still haven’t attended “Learn to be a Pirate”, class will be in session two times on Sunday – at noon, and again at 3:30 pm.

pirates-bus-routeIf you take advantage of the Park and Ride shuttle system, Pirates can often be found at the bus loading and unloading zone within the festival; uncharacteristically offering to help you manage your packages, boxes, handbags, cameras, and wallets – while you board the bus.

You don’t want to miss the seeing the Fernandina Pirates at the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival! Come partake of the shrimp, have some fun, enjoy the arts, crafts, and antiques, and dozens of playfully entertaining pirates!

Because many people enjoy coming to the Shrimp Festival dressed as pirates, please keep in mind that not all pirates are members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc. The original, local Fernandina Pirates Club have been incorporated since the early 1970s. Pirate Club members are all volunteers and they each wear an identifying patch on their clothing. The Pirates Club is also an insured, not-for-profit organization in which both the City of Fernandina Beach and the Nassau County Commissioners have proclaimed as Goodwill Ambassadors to our Northeast Florida community.

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.

There is NO admission fee to attend!

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Extended Deadline for 2014 Shrimp Festival Arts and Crafts

Extended Deadline for 2014 Shrimp Festival Arts and CraftsThe deadline to submit your application for a booth at the 2014 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival has been extended until January 31, 2014.

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

Go to the Island Art Association’s website for the application link.

The Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, Presented by Publix Supermarkets, will be held May 2, 3 & 4, 2014, with the Pirate Parade on May 1, 2014 at 6 pm, all events take place in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.

Further Shrimp Festival information can be found at www.shrimpfestival.com or keep up with the current conversations on facebook.

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Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival Activities

Friday, May 3, 2013 Shrimp Festival ActivitiesHere is a handy-dandy guide to the Friday activities of Shrimp Festival 2013. For more information, visit www.shrimpfestival.com.

10:00 AM – Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale
5:30 PM – Live music begins with DRB on the Riverfront Stage
6:00 PM – Riverfront Food Court Opens
6:00 PM – Kids Fun Zone Opens at North 3rd and North 4th Streets
6:30 PM – Opening Ceremonies on the Riverfront Stage
7:00 PM – Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, Riverfront Stage
7:45 PM – Pirate Parade Awards
8:30 PM – Live Music resumes
9:30 PM – Invasion of the Pirates at the waterfront
9:45 PM – Fireworks
10:00 PM – More live music
10:30 PM – Food booths close for the evening

There are NO fine arts and crafts, or antique booths open for business on Friday!

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Bringing Your Dog to Shrimp Festival?

Bringing Your Dog to Shrimp Festival?Though many pet owners who live in Fernandina Beach would not recommend bringing your four-legged friends to the Shrimp Festival, many dogs will be seen walking through the crowds on the hot, asphalt streets. Frightened by the fireworks on Friday Night, or the Pirate’s Invasion on Saturdays, all of the noise and people can be stressful to a dog.

For those who need to know, there will be a Pet Stop set up for those whose pets need to take a break from the crowds, find a shady place to rest, a pool to cool off, or simply a fresh drink of water and a snack.

Located at 17. South 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, there will be at least two pools, buckets of fresh water for drinking, some doggy treats and a tent set up for shade!

Many visitors arrive at the Festival unprepared for the enormity of it all, and the operators of this Pet Stop have set up this courtesy station so man’s best friend need not suffer.

While it is best to leave the dog at home, please help spread the word that there is now a safe place to take your dog if you need a comfortable, pet-friendly place to rest.

This will be the third year of the Pet Stop, and it is located at a private residence. There is no charge for the service.

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Fernandina Pirates Wear a Patch

Fernandina Pirates Wear a PatchMembers of the Fernandina Pirates Club wear a patch, usually on their hat, arm or boot, to show that they are actual members of the Fernandina Pirates Club. During the Shrimp Festival, you may see many different pirates. There are short pirates, tall pirates, pirates wearing many colors, pirates with pistols, pirates with swords, male pirates and female pirates. Pirates come from near and far for the Best Beards Contest, for the Little Pirates Contest, to see the parade, or just to come and play pirate.

As the proclaimed Goodwill Ambassadors to Amelia Island and Nassau County, the Fernandina Pirates Club proudly promotes the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival. The Pirates will be invading before the fireworks show on Friday night and again on Saturday afternoon. In between and on Sunday, you will find club members at the waterfront, the Kids Zone, and everywhere in between, always ready and willing to pose for pictures.

When you spot a scallywag, wearing a Fernandina Pirates Club patch, wanderin’ the streets during the 50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, don’t be afeared, they are your hearties. Just walk up and say Ahoy! or maybe Arrr!

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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.

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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Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant on NPR

Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant on NPR2011 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant gains the attention of NPR!

We have just learned that the National Public Radio story, written and produced by Caitlin Kenney of NPR New York and recorded during the 2011 Miss Shrimp Festival Scholarship Pageant events and activities, will air THIS SUNDAY at around 5:40 pm on Weekend All Things Considered.

This should be excellent coverage for our local community and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival and we hope you will be able to listen in to Jacksonville’s NPR station, WJCT 89.9 FM or listen online at www.wjct.org/radio.

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