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Thursday, May 3, 2018

50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL

Shrimp Festival Logo

This past weekend the kids and I ventured out to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL. We waited until Sunday to go because McKinley had her first dance recital on Saturday {more on that later} and it had been raining for days and days prior. Sunday's forecast promised sunny skies. Yay!!!

It had been years since the last time I went to the Shrimp Fest...I was dying to get down there and people watch and antique window shop. The food, of course, was a deciding factor in our going. Who doesn't love some fresh, fried shrimp and hushpuppies?? Did someone say Fresh Squeezed Lemonade?? Funnel Cakes? Bring it on!! It can all be found at the Shrimp Fest!

Eating a Funnel Cake
{look at all of those vultures, I tell ya!}

The sights are beautiful at the Festival! There are, of course, shrimp boats.

Shrimp Boat

Jonah in front of the boat
{that's our Jonah up front there...growing up so fast!}

Capt Jack
{my favorite shot of the day!}

Shark on Dock
{Jonah and Jett spotted a shark!!}

You are sure to see a pirate, or five, while enjoying your day!

More Pirates
{we found these fellas waiting by the restrooms. the kids thought it was so funny. pirates have to potty too!}


My Little Pirates
{be sure to catch the "How To Be A Pirate" show if you do take the kiddos. my littles thoroughly enjoyed every moment!}

Kids and a Pirate Statue

What else is there to do other than eat, shop, take in the scenery and watch for pirates?? Make memories with the kiddos, of course! But, don't forget your wallet!!

Kitten Face Painting
{before we even got there McKinley was asking to have her face painted like a kitten. wish granted, baby girl!}
{{a little tip // see that ice cream in her hand? if you make your way all the way to the little Marina Shop on the water you will find ice cream treats for less than $2.00 each. that's a significant savings to what you'll pay the vendors inside the festival!}}

McKinley on a Pony
{pony rides!! McKinley's day was made right under this tent!}

Girl on a Horse

Miniature Horse
{there was a tiny horse, that was no bigger than a goat, that you could feed!}

Policeman Feeding a Horse
{out of nowhere this really HOT police officer comes over and started feeding the ponies with us!! my day was made!! #itwasHubs}

Jett on Rock Climbing Wall
{Jett braved the rock-climbing wall.}

Jett Rings the Bell
{and made it all the way to the top! proud momma moment!}

Jett at the Rock Climbing Wall

Lots of people bring their dogs to the festival too.

Meet Espy. McKinley fell in love with Espy and didn't want to leave his side.
McKinley and a Huge Dog

Espy is a Bouvier Des Flandres, a real life *dog with a blog*! {you may only know that reference if you have children who watch the actual TV show, Dog With A Blog.}

Have you ever been to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL?? What is your favorite memory of going?

This is an oldie, but a goodie post. The Shrimp Festival is in its 55th year this year. We'll be going on Saturday, will I see you there?


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