Welcome to Fort Myers Beach and the 62nd Fort Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival!
Don’t miss a minute of Shrimp Fest Fun this Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15! While lining up in your favorite spot along the parade route Saturday morning, watch for participants in the Shrimp Run 5K. They start at 9am at Doc Ford’s on San Carlos Island, then run over the bridge and along the parade route. The Shrimp Fest Parade – the biggest and best parade of the year will begin at 10am near the Beach Library and march to Lynn Hall Park. Catch as much candy as you can and watch for the Shrimp Princesses and Shrimp Eating Championship contenders in the parade! The Matanzas Bridge will be closed from 9am to noon Saturday, so be sure you’re on the Island early!
Lynn Hall Park is where the action is all weekend long! The Art Fair & Food Expo with unique artisan-crafted items, art, food and Shrimp Fest gear is open 10am – 6pm Saturday and 10 am – 5pm Sunday. The Lions Famous Shrimp Dinners, a ½ pound of fresh Pink Gold Gulf shrimp pulled from our local waters by the Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Fleet, along with cole slaw and secret sauce for $15. Dinners served from 10am – 6pm or until they run out. It’s a SHRIMP Festival – you have to have some shrimp! And grab your official Shrimp Fest gear while you’re in the park.
Come back to the park on Sunday for the Art Fair, Shrimp Dinners, Queen Pageant and Shrimp Eating Championship. The Shrimp Eating Championship starts at noon with ten sponsored contestants. Who can eat the most shrimp in 8 minutes? Then at 1pm, the Queen Pageant takes place. Ten Shrimp Princesses and only one will be crowned Queen! Trophies and/or prizes will be awarded to the Queen, First runner-up, Second runner-up, Miss Personality, Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic and Miss People’s Choice. The People’s Choice Award for both the Shrimp Eating Championship and the Queen Pageant is determined by $1 donations at the Sunday events or online now at FMBShrimpFest.com. All proceeds go the FMB Lions charities.
The Shrimp Festival is the Fort Myers Beach Lions Club’s major fundraiser for the year, raising tens of thousands of dollars with 100% of the proceeds going to support the community through Fort Myers Beach Lions Charities like local eye surgeries & eye cases, Beach Lions We Serve Scholarships, Florida Lions Eye Bank, Southeast Guide Dogs, large print books, Little League and youth soccer, as well as Beach Elementary and Cypress Lake High School student needs. Through the volunteer efforts of Lions Club members, volunteers and outstanding community support, the Beach Lions are able to support community charities year-round.
Find the full Shrimp Festival schedule as well as photos and bios for all the Shrimp Princesses and Shrimp Eating Contestants in this issue of The Island Sand Paper.