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Beach Lions Shrimp Festival seeks applicants

February 13, 2012
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The 54th Annual Shrimp Festival Parade, Expo and Queen Pageant is now seeking applicants.

The Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation is accepting entrants for the 54th Lions Shrimp Festival Parade, booth reservations for the 20th annual Lions Shrimp Festival Crafts Food and Fun Expo on the Beach and contestants for the 54th Annual Festival Queens Pageant.

Pageant contestants must be 16 to 20 years of age and single. The 2012 queen and the princesses will ride in the Shrimp Festival Parade on Saturday, March 10. The 2012 Queen Pageant will start at 1 p.m. at Lynn Hall Park.

For an application, please visit

There will be a new event on Sunday, March 4 called Queens Sunset Social. Meet all the Shrimp Festival Princesses in the running for this year's 54th Festival Queen for $10. A cash bar will be provided at the Gulfshore Grill. For more information, call Sheila Kelley at 239-233-8250. Judging will begin at this event.

Pictures and video of the 2011 Festival and contest are available online at

Each year for 54 years, 100 percent of festival profits are used for Fort Myers Beach Lions charities. They include: Beach Lions We Serve scholarships; Fort Myers Beach Elementary School; Campership fund for Lee County Sight Impaired Campers; Florida Lions Foundation for the Blind; Lions Club's International Foundation; Conklin Center for the Blind; Southeast Guide Dogs; Lions Leader Dogs for the Blind; Fort Myers Beach Library large print books and audio books; WGCU radio reading service; Immokalee Child Care Center; Lee County CERT program Fort Myers Beach; Food Donation Funds Nations Association; Guide Dogs for the Deaf; Local eye sight cases; and Cypress Lake High School teams.

The Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation is a 501c3 not for Profit Corporation. The Shrimp Festival is the Lions major fundraiser for the year and all proceeds go to our Lions Charities and local community projects. 2012 Official Shrimp Festival gear is now on sale, including the 2012 edition of the Official Shrimp Festival t-shirts, tank tops, collared shirts and caps are now available! The new designs for 2012 make great souvenirs for visitors and make fun wearable collectibles for residents. Many visitors and residents collect every design throughout the years!

"A traditions among many beach residents and visitors alike is to collect and wear our Shrimp Festival Gear every year. Since our sales outlets are donating their efforts in selling these great items for charity we ask the public to support them by purchasing other items from them when they can. These vendors have great community spirit and the Lions thank them," said Lion President Jack Scott.

The Official Lions 2012 sales outlets are: Sun Hardware; Beach Paints; Beach Chamber of Commerce; Erickson and Jensen and at the shrimp festival grounds festival days.

The Fort Myers Beach Lions Foundation receives 100 percent of proceeds from sales! Neither the Lions Cub nor any of the Official Sales Outlets takes any of the sales proceeds making your purchase a rewarding way to help your community and participate in the 54th Annual Ft. Myers Beach Lions Shrimp Festival.



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