Another Great Shrimp Festival


This year’s 59th Annual Fort Myers Beach Lion’s Shrimp Festival Parade and Pageant was another successful event. Thanks to all who came out to support the Lion’s again!

Thank you to the outgoing 2016 Shrimp Festival Queen, Madison Tezak, and our amazing 2017 Princesses and their sponsors: Anika Marr, Miss Trico Shrimp; Kelsey Collins, Miss Professional Gulf Lawn Service; Elsie Roper, Miss Semmer Electric; Jordan Seavy, Miss Red Coconut; Mallory Smith, Miss Fish-Tale Marina; Samantha Gonnelly, Miss Holiday Water Sports; and Chloe Stam, Miss The Property Medic.

Your new 2017 Shrimp Festival Queen is Kelsey Collins! Congratulations Kelsey! She was also voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow Princesses.

A huge THANK YOU to the Fort Myers Beach Lions for keeping this island tradition going year after year through an all volunteer organization. They are always seeking new members, to get involved, check out their website at

There are so many THANK YOU’s to those who volunteered and donated that made the pageant a success: Eli Baldwin, our Master of Ceremonies; all the Princesses and Sponsors listed above; this year’s Judges Leroy & Sharon Bowden, Sue Theisen, Mary Ellen Wood, Lynda Monaco, Megan Contreras and the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation’s Corri Francisco and Sheryl Bowman. Others who donated time and resources are The Print Shop, Sarah List Photography, Island Sand Paper, Fort Myers Beach Observer, Fran Peters of Island Vacations, Bill Semmer of Bonita Bill’s Waterfront Cafe hosted the Princess Get-Together, Tom Kolar of Yucatan Beach Stand hosted the Princess Sunday Social, Ed Milde and his Fort Myers Beach Cub Scout Pack escorted the Queen and Princesses at the pageant, Southwest Florida Corvette Club chauffeured the Queen and Princesses in the parade, local artist and councilwoman Joanne Shamp made the beautiful Princess and Queen sashes, ‘You look Mahvelous’ donated the Queen’s Crown, Sue and Bob Horning donated money towards the awards, THE AWESOME LOCAL SHRIMP INDUSTRY and everyone in this amazing island community as well as the ‘Lee County Locals’ who come out to the biggest event of the island every year to show all our visitors why there is no place like this place! Thank you again to everyone, and congratulations 2017 Shrimp Festival Queen Kelsey Collins!


Tracey Gore
Volunteer Pageant Coordinator