This weekend my husband and I had our first real vacation in 2022 at the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island. The festival originally was held to celebrate the blessing of the Shrimp Fleet. Fernandina is known as “birthplace of the modern shrimping industry in America.” The festival began back in 1964 to celebrate the blessing of the shrimp fleet and featured shrimp boat races (formally called the “Shrimp Boat Festival”).
A main feature of the Shrimp Festival is the huge, juried art show administered by the Amelia Island Art Association. Fernandina’s downtown historic district streets are lined with hundreds of booths for art lovers to browse and buy something special.
We stayed at the hotel in the heart of the city and walked miles every day. There were a variety of vendors and white tents lined the streets. Lots of people lots of fun and lots of shrimp! Shrimp was made in every way possible. We had lots of fun with family and friends!
Mark your calendar for the first weekend in May in 2023!