Shrimp Eating Contest Now Accepting Applications

Lions Club Charity Shrimp Eating Contest Open to the Public

The Fort Myers Beach Lions Club has announced that they are now accepting applications for participants and sponsors for the newest, and most “fulfilling,” addition to their world-famous annual event, the 4th Annual Shrimp Festival Shrimp Eating Contest. The contest will be held on the Sunday of the event, March 11, at 1pm inside the expo grounds at Lynn Hall Park.

The contest will feature up to 10 sponsored contestants who will compete to eat as much cooked and peeled Ft. Myers Beach Pink Shrimp within 5 minutes. Contestants will be aided by assistants who will divvy out the shrimp to them in pre-weighed portions. Whoever eats the most within the 5 minutes wins! Also up for grabs is “People’s Choice.” This ranking is won by collecting $1 donations from the crowd for the contestant with their vote to win.

Have you cameras and video recorders going! You won’t believe your eyes. Cheer on your favorite. This Championship will likely become a new Island tradition. Will the winner be a local shrimp enthusiast with long practiced technique or a newcomer with a something new to bring to the table?

The Lions Club is actively seeking participants and sponsors. Sponsorships are $250 with all proceeds to Lions Charities. Shrimp will be provided by the Ft. Myers Beach Shrimping Fleet.

Information and applications available at

“No entrant will go away hungry” said event chair, Lion Shelby Peters, “And sponsors will be recognized for their support of Lions charities!”