While the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival cannot control the weather, these fabulous volunteers know how to put on a festival!!!
Tens of thousands of people hit the streets, the first weekend in May, to celebrate the shrimping industry, pirates, music, arts and crafts, and of course, those tasty crustaceans Fernandina Beach is known for. Known as the “Birthplace of the Modern Shrimping Industry” our little picturesque town first created the modern trawlers used for shrimp fishing today. Many Greek fisherman migrated to Amelia Island from Greece bringing with them ship building skills that had been passed down through many generations. It was these migrants who changed the industry into a once booming cash crop for Fernandina Beach.
Fireworks, a Pirate Parade, Miss Shrimp Festival Pageant, live entertainment, a Kids Fun Zone, arts, crafts, and antique booths were just a few highlights of this annual event, but the weekend’s highlight is the Blessing of the Fleet and the Wreath Ceremony celebrating the heritage of Fernandina Beach and the lives lost to the dangerous industry of fishing.
Here are a few images of the 2019 weekend:
(All photos were taken by Kimberly Kappel)