FREE ADMISSION NOVEMBER 16-18, 2018
Prince & Princess Contest
One of the most popular events of the Pineapple Festival early years was looking for the SWEETEST kids living on the Treasure Coast and two of them would carry the title of Pineapple Festival Prince and Princess for one-year. The 2018 Pineapple Festival Prince and Princess contest will be held on Saturday, November 17 at 4pm at the Jensen Beach Community Center, 1912 NE Jensen Beach Boulevard.
Contestants must be at least 6-years of age and no older than 9-years of age by November 1, 2018. Contestants must live in Martin or St. Lucie Counties. Contestants will be judged based on interview, poise, ability to speak publicly, and enthusiasm for serving as Pineapple Festival royalty. Boys and girls must wear formal attire. There will also be a prince and princess runner up.
There is a non-refundable entry fee of $20 per child to be paid with registration. Please have entry postmarked no later than Friday, November 16, 2018. Contestant check-in will be held from 3:30pm until 4pm, Saturday, November 17 at the Jensen Beach Community Center. Contest and judging will begin at 4pm.
REVAMPED + REFRESHED
Two generations of Pineapple Festival-loving hearts soared when Jensen Beach Chamber of Commerce officials recently announced that the Pineapple Festival will return to the streets of historic downtown Jensen Beach on Friday-Sunday, November 16-18. The festival has been a tradition on the Treasure Coast for 30-years and is considered the signature event of Jensen Beach.
The revamped and free admission festival will introduce a “Homegrown” theme that will showcase local artists, musicians, the area’s history, and pineapple themed food, beverages and contests. Like the inaugural Pineapple Festival in 1988, there will be no admission charge to enjoy the weekend festivities. Like the inaugural Pineapple Festival in 1988, there will be no admission charge to enjoy the weekend festivities.
PINEAPPLES + FREE ADMISSION
Complimenting the “Homegrown” theme, downtown restaurants will offer pineapple inspired entrees and art galleries and gift shops will display pineapple inspired displays. There will also be pineapple- themed activities, such as pineapple eating contests, cooking contests, and a pineapple chop demonstration. Recipes from the festival’s popular 1990 and 1991 pineapple themed cookbooks will be available to download online at PineappleFestival.info.
The stage will be set for opportunities to buy fine art from a collection of creative minds who will showcase their handcrafted wares at the revamped and refreshed Pineapple Festival Pre-Holiday Art & Craft Show. Growing in popularity, the pre-holiday art and craft show will be held on Saturday and Sunday only, November 17 & 18, 2018, the weekend prior to Black Friday!
HOMEGROWN + FAMILIAR FAMILY FUN
There will still be the familiar attractions such as Doolan Amusements “Big Fun” carnival rides, owned and operated by Jensen Beach resident Mike Doolan. Festival-goers will be able purchase one-price wristband ride specials each day (Friday 6-10pm; Saturday 12pm-6pm; Sunday 12pm-6pm). Also, our sister city friends from Eleuthera, in the Bahamas, will be back to showcase their island crafts, the colorful Junkanoo parade, and to promote one of their country’s annual festive destination signature events – Bahamas Carnival, held May 3-5, 2019, Nassau, Bahamas.
Festivities will run from 6-11:00pm on Friday, November 16; 10am -11:00pm on Saturday, November 17; and 10am to 6pm on Sunday, November 18. The pre-holiday art and craft show will be open Saturday and Sunday only. 🍍🍍🍍
Getting Involved is Easy!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Parking near the festival is limited. There are several parking lots within walking distance. Many local residents and businesses offer parking on their property for a small fee. A large public parking lot is located immediately north of the festival site on Indian River Drive and Pineapple Avenue.
There will still be the familiar attractions such as Doolan’s “Big Fun” carnival ride company, owned and operated by Jensen Beach resident Mike Doolan. Festival-goers will be able purchase one-price wristband ride specials each day
To learn more about becoming a festival volunteer, contact Elaine Hirsch with Fun Tours Travel (772) 287-8200
DIRECTIONS TO FESTIVAL
The Pineapple Festival is held in the streets of downtown Jensen Beach. The gated festival site includes Ricou Terrace and Jensen Beach Boulevard. From US Highway 1, go to Jensen Beach Boulevard, turn east and go 3 miles. From the turnpike, take exit 142 and turn right onto Port St. Lucie Blvd. and go to US Highway 1, turn right and go to Jensen Beach Boulevard, turn left and go 3 miles. From I-95, take exit 101 and go east toward Stuart and turn left at US Highway 1 and go to Jensen Beach Boulevard, turn right and go 3 miles.
Admission to the festival is FREE each day. Reserved Seating for concerts is available for an additional $10 per show. Details and tickets can be found HERE.