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Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival this weekend

By Staff | Mar 11, 2020

The Fort Myers Beach Shrimp Festival promises to boil over when it is held March 14-15 along Estero Boulevard.

The popular foodfest and arts fair starts off with a 5K run at 9 a.m. which starts and ends at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille. The Matanzas Pass Bridge closes at 9 a.m. so you will want to get into town early if you are traveling.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs down Estero Boulevard from the area near the library to the intersection with Matanzas Pass bridge.

For more than 60 years, the shrimp festival has been a popular event on the beach.

The art fair and food exposition will run all weekend and will feature more than 100 vendors set up at Lynn Hall Memorial Park. The vendors will be selling arts and crafts, jewelry, games and more. The Lions Club is purchasing approximately 1,300 pounds of shrimps from local shrimp boaters for the event, Fort Myers Beach Lions Club member Shelby Stites said. Shrimp will be sold in half-pound quantities for $15. The Lions Club will have shirts for sale as well as raffle tickets.

Among the popular events at the festival are the Queens Pageant and shrimp-eating contest.

The shrimp-eating contest goes from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 15 at Lynn Hall Memorial Park. There will be 10 contestants vying to see who can eat the most pink shrimp in eight minutes.

After that is The Queens Pageant will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a contest for the Shrimp Festival Queen. All of the spots for the contest have already been filled.