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Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival - Fernandina Beach, FL
Pictures & visitor info from the 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival held on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

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Festival Entrance
Artwork For Sale
Colorful Lamp Shades

The 2011 Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival was held on Friday April 29th through Sunday May 1st along Centre Street in historic downtown Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island.

This was the 48th occurrence of this free family friendly event that traditionally takes place on the first weekend in May each year. Mark your calendars for the 49th annual Shrimp Festival, which is scheduled for Friday May 4th through Sunday May 6th, 2012.

To reach the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival using your GPS unit, set it for 102 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034. Parking fees at nearby businesses start at just $5 and increase as you get closer to downtown.

Although dining upon shrimp and seafood is the main focus of the festival, there are also almost a hundred artist booths where visitors can purchase fine art, paintings, pottery, sculptures, antiques, jewelry and various other crafts.

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Some of the other features of the event included a Pirate Parade, downtown merchants holding sidewalk sales, a riverfront food court, marine life aquariums courtesy of the Georgia Bulldog Research Vessel, the Miss Shrimp Pageant, live music on the Riverfront Stage, a fireworks display, the Invasion of the Pirates, the Annual Shrimp Festival 5K Run/Walk, a 1 Mile Youth Run, the Putt-Putt Golf Tournament, the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, a best decorated shrimp boat contest and the always popular Kids' Fun Zone.
Paintings For Sale
Downtown Fernandina
The Kids' Zone contained a variety of attractions and activities such as pony rides, a rock climbing wall, a bungee ride, face painting artists, caricature artists, sand art, a crafts table, live entertainment and various games for all ages.
Metal Fish Sculptures
Kids Fun Zone
Pony Rides
Some of the generous sponsors of the 2011 Fernandina Shrimp Festival included Publix Supermarkets, First Coast News, Lite 96.1 FM, Country Legends 100.7 FM, 99.9 Gator Country, Coca Cola, Florida Public Utilities, Omni Hotels & Resorts, VyStar Credit Union, EventCraft, Petco, Hampton Inn & Suites, Geico, Advanced Disposal, Sunset Swings and Hammer Stahl.
Huge Pinball Game
Rock Climbing Wall
Spider Mountain

Blue Shrimp Statue
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Fernandina Pirates Club
A few of the live musical acts appearing on the Riverfront Stage included the Fernandina Beach High School Jazz Ensemble, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Jimmy Parrish & the Ocean Waves Band, and The Swingin' Medallions.
Blessing of the Fleet
Pirate Ship Parade Float
Island Girl Shrimp Ship
Winds of Fortune Boat
Shrimp Festival Main Stage
Shrimp Basket $10
Powder Sugared Pastries
Fernandina Beach Docks
Seafood Lovers Eating
For more of my photo galleries, click on the following links: Amelia Dream Cars, Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, Jacksonville Craft & Import Beer Festival, Celebrate Sarasota, UF Homecoming Parade, Gasparilla Pirate Festival, Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Red Bull Flugtag Miami, Lake Worth Street Painting Festival, Delray Affair Festival, New Times Original Beerfest - Ft. Lauderdale, Lake Worth Oktoberfest, Florida Renaissance Festival - Deerfield Beach, Weston Art Festival, Fort Laudedale Air & Sea Show, Amelia Island State Park, Little Talbot Island State Park and Sun Fest - West Palm Beach.

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