Today I went to the Isle Of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach with my brother and nephew. As usual, we set out early and got up there about 10am. It takes about an hour to drive. We ignore the interstate and have a more interesting drive past all the beach houses. What's nice is that we always find a (free) parking space relatively close to the festival!
So, the part we take part in is the art show! The artist booths are set up on a main street, with more artists and vendors on side streets. There is the odd food vendor on most corners, mostly selling funnel cakes, lemonade, and other non-shrimp offerings. Oh, one or two have some shrimp, but... Well, we work our way down one side of the booths and side streets.
At the end of the main street is the waterfront. They have a main stage for events there, as well as food vendors. To be honest, I counted maybe 10 vendors. They were mostly church or school groups, and not much variety in the offerings. The plate of food we got, while generous with the portions, wasn't anything special. In fact, I could have bought all the components at the grocery store (frozen foods section) and made it myself. But hey! It IS fried shrimp, so it was still good!
The lack of food vendors makes me sad, however. There used to be a LOT more, and much more variety! We used to get better food.
After our lunch, we head back to the main street, looking at the artists and side-streets. Admittedly, on this side, the offerings on the side streets devolve from lesser artists, to antiques, to "this looks like yard sale material". We lose interest when it hits the antiques part.
Didn't buy any art this year (I'm saving $$$ for MegaCon in a few weeks). We all had a great time hanging out! Now, I think it's time for a nap...
I did take some photos... mostly of buildings (or the tops of buildings). There are only so many "look at this crowd" type photos one can take... I didn't take a lot this time around either, but hopefully you get a feel for it.