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On the Waterfront With spring comes an abundance of festivals and fun along the Crystal Coast, from wooden boats to air shows
Special events in April memorialize the 150th anniversary of the historic site’s bombardment during the Civil War.
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Claiming the title of the US’s largest whole hog barbecue cooking competition, the Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest encourages a little friendly competition while putting the “Town with OldFashioned Courtesy” on the map. And on Friday and Saturday, March 30-31, the smell of pork will fill the air at Newport Park for the 34th time. Barbecue is serious business in Eastern North Carolina and that’s certainly true in Newport. The annual fundraising event has brought in more than $700,000 for the community, benefiting various sports teams, school booster groups, churches, Scout groups and more. The Newport Pig Cookin’ Contest draws more than 10,000 visitors with its amusement rides, live entertainment, vendors and abundance of Carolina barbecue. About 70 hogs are cooked annually by teams from around the country all vying for top honors from the discerning judges. The chefs, elaborate grills in tow, arrive in town on Friday and by sunset, the sweet aroma of grilled pork begins wafting through downtown. Judging doesn’t take place until Saturday morning, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to do. Rides, entertainment and vendors open to visitors on Friday evening and the popular king and queen awards are handed out on the main stage. Come Saturday, however, the combined work of all the chefs is chopped and combined into one giant flavorful batch of barbecue. Plates or bulk pork are usually available around 11am, either on-site, or through the festival’s creatively planned drive thru. Vendors, carnival rides and live entertainment rings out throughout the afternoon. Awards are handed out mid-day to the top 10 competitors and there are always a few surprises in the results. Scheduled performers include the Morehead Brass Consortium, Ryder Preston and Sammy O’Banion & Mardi Gras. To learn more visit newportpigcooking.com.
The 2012 Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point “Celebrate the Heritage” Air Show, commemorating 100 years of Marine Corps aviation and celebrating the air station’s 70th anniversary, will take place May 4-6 aboard MCAS Cherry Point. Friday’s show feature nighttime performances, while Saturday and Sunday’s shows feature many daylight performances. Gates will open for the Friday night show at 5pm and flying will run from 7:30-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 8am and
flying will go from 10:30am-4pm. This year’s air show highlights include the Blue Angels US Navy flight demonstration team, a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration, a jet-powered rocket truck, the Red Tails, a host of civilian and military aerobatic demonstrations, a concert with country stars Bill Gentry, Darryl Worley and up-and-coming star David Kroll, a fun zone for the kids, plus historic and modern static aircraft displays on the flight line. The night show will include a variety of night-oriented aerial pyrotechnic displays, afterburner flybys, the roaring afterburner display of the jet-powered rocket truck, skydivers, a wall of fire ordnance demonstration and a large fireworks display set to patriotic music. Air show admission and parking are free and open to everyone in the community. Parking space is limited, so carpooling is recommended. For those interested in premium seating, several options are available via the air show’s website to include bleacher, box and chalet seating. MCAS Cherry Point’s air show is the largest air show in the Carolinas and one of the largest military air shows in the Southeast. It is also the only air show in North Carolina for 2012. For more information, visit www.cherrypointairshow.com or call 252466-7550.
Celebrating St. Patty’s
Irish eyes smile upon Carteret County’s own Emerald Isle each spring, blessing the small 4,000 resident coastal village with the area’s largest annual St. Patrick’s celebration. This quiet, familyoriented town plays host to many a vacationer each season, but never does it see as many guests as it does each March, when Emerald Isle flies its Irish flag. Drawing an average of 15,000-20,000 people a year, the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Festival is set for Saturday, March 17, fully prepared to see more visitors than ever for a day of fun, food and merriment. Set in the Emerald Plantation Shopping Center, the festival runs from 9am-5pm and is free to attend. With more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, food, clowns, amusement rides and static displays, the festival provides the perfect platform for a day of family fun. Sift for artifacts with the 5 Star Gem Mining Company, browse through the various vendors, learn about goats with the Oak Grove Stables Petting Zoo and see exactly how much you and your dog look alike in the Owner/ Pet Look-Alike Contest.
Canine contests get the fun rolling on Saturday morning, including a fashion show and look alike and cutest pup contests. The popular Little Mr. and Miss Leprechaun Contest takes center stage at 11am. Both boys and girls age 2-3 and 4-5 will be judged on the originality and creativity of their costume and overall stage presentation. Preregistration is required by noon on Friday, March 16 by filling out a form at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation or printing it off from www.emeraldisle-nc.org/stpats and dropping it by the office. While each entrant wins a small prize, the winners receive a $50 savings bond. Because the festival will be busy, no registration can be handled that morning. While the youngsters warm up the crowd at one end of the event, the Emerald Stage will get things started at 11am with Pamlico Joe. Also slated to perform are Conch Stew and Selah Dubb, while Spare Change, My Three Kilts, Craicdown and others keep things rolling on the Gold Stage. New this year, North Carolina based Transit BMX Team will wow the crowds with performances at noon, 2 and 5pm. And be sure to be on the lookout for the Port City Pipes & Drums parading around the festival throughout the day. Entrance to the festival and parking, as always, is free. To learn more about the St. Patrick’s celebration, call 252-354-6350 or visit www.emeraldisle-nc.org/stpats.
The Old Woodies
The artistry and practicality of the wooden boat will be celebrated May 5 in Beaufort as the NC Maritime Museum launches its annual Wooden Boat Show. In its 38th year, the Wooden Boat Show is the largest undertaking of the NC Maritime Museum – bringing more than 5,000 visitors to the quiet tree-lined streets of historic Beaufort. The little fishing hamlet, if only for a few days, will become home to 60-70 small wooden beauties. Throughout the preceding week, boat rides will be offered from 1 to 4 pm daily as the museum gears up for the big event. The rides are free, however, a $5 donation is suggested and all funds collected will go toward the ongoing sailing program at the Maritime Museum. It’s Friday night, however, when the weekend’s pace is set with the Watercraft Center Party, a reception slated to kick off the show. Scheduled from 5:30 to 7pm, the party includes live music and light hors d‘oeuvres. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the museum. The wooden boats are on display from 10am to 4pm Saturday, interspersed with demonstrations of traditional skills, educational activities, boat models and the annual National Boat
Building Challenge, which gives teams of two builders four hours to complete a 12-foot skiff. While it can be fun to watch the craftsmen at work, it’s often much more fun when it comes time to test the vessel’s seaworthiness. Sailboat races are planned for 11am and 3pm and free boat rides will once again be offered between the races. Festivities roll to a close with a post-show reception and awards ceremony planned from 5-6pm at the Watercraft Center. To learn more about the event, to register a boat for the show or to purchase tickets for the parties and fanfare, call 252-728-7317 or visit ncmaritimemuseum.org.
In Celebration of Music & Art
Teaming art and music, the Beaufort Music Festival and the Beaufort Sister Cities Mural Competition are joining forces for the second year in a row, creating a weekend celebration of culture and arts by the sea. For 24 years, the Beaufort Music Festival has brought throngs of visitors to this picturesque waterfront town for two days of free musical entertainment. From special music for the youngsters at the Beaufort Historic Site to rock, blues and jazz on the festival’s two main stages, the event brings together an eclectic offering with everybody’s tastes in mind. Keeping pace, many of the town’s pubs, restaurants and bars pick up the tab when the festival closes each evening at 10pm, offering live music inside (and out) for the visitors who are eager to keep the beat going. Planned for May 11-12, visitors to the musical festival will also have the opportunity follow along as artists compete in the annual mural competition on Saturday afternoon. Sanctioned by the Beaufort Sister Cities organization, the winner of the contest is provided with a trip to France as Beaufort’s entry to the International Mural Competition held annually in Beaufort-enVallee. As always, the festival is free and open to the public. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are suggested. Pets and glass containers should be left at home. WF
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HONORING FORT MACON The historic site recognizes the 150th anniversary of its bombardment
dding to the Crystal Coast’s rich historical environment, Fort Macon has been guarding this coastal paradise for nearly 180 years, keeping watch on those who approach and standing guard for those who reside nearby. From the pitted and cracked bricks to the cannons that man the top of the fort, the site continues to be a tangible living history demonstration just waiting to be touched. The fort’s most significant milestone to date continues to be her bombardment and capture by Union soldiers in April, 1862, the 150th anniversary of which will be observed April 21-26. To mark the sesquicentennial the park staff is teaming up with the Friends of Fort Macon, the 1st North Carolina/11th Regiment of Volunteers and NC State Historic Sites. The commemoration will include a reenactment of the bombardment and an on-site encampment by reenactors. From weapons and Civil War medicine to blacksmithing and children’s games, demonstrations of life during the Civil War will be at the forefront for the familyfriendly recognition. To learn more about the fort, call 252-7263775 or visit www.clis.com/friends. When it comes to looking back over the fort’s vast history, no one does it as completely and succinctly as park ranger and historian, Paul Branch. The following, in his words, is the history of one of the state’s most well-preserved Civil War forts.
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HISTORY OF FORT MACON Among the most prominent of the many historic attractions of coastal North Carolina is Fort Macon State Park, situated on the eastern point of Bogue Banks in Carteret County. The park preserves within its boundaries not only a small stretch of one of North Carolina’s barrier islands, but also historic Fort Macon. Fort Macon is a 19th century masonry fortification that guards the entrance to Beaufort Harbor, one of North Carolina’s two principal seaports. It is one of the best preserved forts in the country today. Although now quiet and peaceful, its creation resulted from times of war, unrest and the demonstrated need of a young nation to protect it maritime boundary against foreign aggression. A succession of wars between the New World colonies and the European powers of Spain, France and Great Britain during the
Colonial Period provided a constant threat of coastal raids by enemy warships. Indeed, the nearby town of Beaufort, third oldest town in the state, was captured and plundered by the Spanish in 1747, and again by the British in 1782. Early North Carolina leaders sought to construct forts for coastal defenses to prevent such attacks. To protect Beaufort Harbor, the eastern point of Bogue Banks was determined to be the best location from which a fort might guard the harbor entrance. In 1756 a small fascine fort known as Fort Dobbs was begun there, but was never finished. The inlet remained undefended during the American Revolution. Because of this, British warships were able to raid the harbor in 1778 and 1782. Following the Revolution, relations with both France and Great Britain continued to be strained during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Fearing the threats posed by these mighty European powers, the fledgling United States sought to build two successive national defense systems of coastal forts to protect itself. As a part of these defenses, a small masonry fort named Fort Hampton was built during 1808-09 to guard Beaufort Harbor. This fort protected the harbor during the subsequent War of 1812, but was abandoned shortly afterward. Shore erosion and a hurricane were responsible for sweeping Fort Hampton into Beaufort Inlet by 1826. The War of 1812 exposed the weakness of existing United States coastal defenses. As a result, the U.S. government now began construction on a third improved system of coastal fortifications for national defense. This “Third System” ultimately called for the construction of a national defense chain of 38 new, permanent forts along the U.S. coast between 1817 and 1865. The present Fort Macon was a part of this defense system. Fort Macon was designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Its namesake was North Carolina’s eminent statesman of the period, Nathaniel Macon (1758-1837). The fort was constructed during 1826-1834. The work required over nine million bricks. Following its completion in December, 1834, the fort was then improved and modified during 1841-46. Total cost of the fort was $463,790. As a result of Congressional economizing, the fort was used only intermittently over the years that followed. It was actively garrisoned only during the years of 1834-36, 1842-44, and 184849. At other times, an ordnance sergeant acting as a caretaker was usually the only person stationed at the fort by the Army. The War Between the States began on April 12, 1861, with the bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Two days later, local North Carolina militia from Beaufort and Morehead City seized the fort from its Army caretaker for the state of North Carolina and the Confederacy. North Carolina Confederate forces then spent a year arming the fort with 54 heavy cannons and preparing it for battle. The fort’s garrison ultimately consisted of five heavy artillery companies totaling over 400 men, commanded by Col. Moses J. White. Early in 1862, Union Maj. General Ambrose E. Burnside led a powerful amphibious expedition of Union forces into the eastern coastal region of North Carolina. After defeating Confederate forces at Roanoke Island and New Bern in February and March, 1862, Burnside turned his attention to recapturing Fort Macon. The capture of the fort would allow both the Union Army and Navy to use Beaufort Harbor. After New Bern was taken on March 14, 1862, part of Burnside’s command under Brigadier Gen. John G. Parke was sent to capture Fort Macon and secure the use of the harbor. Advancing from New Bern, Parke’s forces captured Morehead City and Beaufort without resistance. An initial demand for the fort’s
Schedule of Events Saturday, April 21 9am Fort interior opens to public Federal troops assemble for formations and drill (on outer glacis) Confederate Company Drill (Parade ground) 9-10:30am Historical demonstrations 11am The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon Noon 1-3:30pm 3pm 4pm 5pm 5:30pm 8-8:30pm
Battle concludes/troops return Historical demonstrations Confederate Company Drill The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon Battle concludes/troops return Fort closes Night artillery bombardment
Sunday, April 22 9am Fort interior opens to public Period church service 9am-Noon Historical demonstrations 10am Confederate company drill 11am Federal troops assemble for formations and drill Noon-1pm Lunch 2pm The siege, attack and capture of Fort Macon 3pm Battle concludes/troops return 2-4pm Historical demonstrations Wednesday, April 25 4pm Observance of the 150th Anniversary Thursday, April 26 10am Surrender of Fort Macon Flag Ceremony
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surrender was offered on March 23, 1862. Col. Moses J. White and 403 North Carolina Confederates in the fort refused to surrender even though the fort was soon hopelessly outnumbered and surrounded. Beginning at the end of March Parke ferried his men, supplies and siege artillery over to Bogue Banks. After driving Confederate outpost forces back toward the fort, Parke was able to establish three battery emplacements about 3/4 mile from the fort for siege guns with which to bombard the fort into submission. Union infantry entrenched in the sand dunes nearby. Offshore, four Union Navy gunboats blockaded the entrance to Beaufort Harbor and cooperated with Parke’s land forces. Two other Union gunboats, one of them with Gen. Burnside aboard, and two floating batteries took position in the sound northeast of the fort. The Confederates were completely surrounded, yet they refused two final demands from Gen. Burnside to surrender. Just after dawn on April 25, 1862, Parke’s forces opened fire on the fort with their heavy siege guns. They were aided for a time by the fire of the four Union Navy gunboats in the ocean offshore and by one of the floating batteries in the sound to the northeast. The fort’s guns easily repulsed the Union gunboat attack after only an hour and a half. However, the Confederates were unable to defend successfully against Parke’s land batteries. Among Parke’s siege guns was a battery of new rifled cannons, which were tremendously powerful and accurate at long range. These guns knocked out a number of the fort’s cannons and were able to penetrate the fort’s walls adjacent to the main gunpowder magazine. In all, the fort was hit 560 times by the three Union artillery batteries. Faced with extensive damage to the fort’s walls and armament, and with one of the fort’s magazines in danger of being exploded by the Union artillery fire, Col. White had no choice to raise the white flag over the fort at about 4:30pm that afternoon. The bombardment ceased and on the following morning, April 26, White formally surrendered the fort. The Confederate garrison was paroled as prisoners of war. Despite the intensity of the bombardment, the fort’s stout walls protected the garrison from suffering heavy losses. Seven Confederates were killed and 18 wounded. The Union loss was one killed and three wounded. The bombardment of Fort Macon was the second time in history that new, modern rifled cannons were used against a fort in combat. These powerful cannons demonstrated the growing obsolescence of masonry fortifications as a way of defense. The Union Army held Fort Macon for the remainder of the war. For part of the war it was utilized not only for defense of the harbor but also as a military prison. Beaufort Harbor served as an important coaling and repair station for the Union Navy during the war and as a staging area for other Union Army coastal operations. During the Reconstruction Era, Fort Macon was continuously occupied as a US Army garrison post until 1877. Because there was no state or federal penitentiaries in the military district of North and South Carolina, Fort Macon was also used for about eleven years as a civil and military prison. The fort was deactivated in 1877 at the end of Reconstruction and returned to caretaker status. However, during the summer of 1898 the fort was garrisoned once again for the Spanish-American War. By the beginning of the 20th century the US Army realized that Fort Macon and the other masonry coastal forts of its era were completely obsolete for defense. Accordingly, in 1903 the fort was completely abandoned. In 1923 it was placed on a list of surplus military property to be sold.
North Carolina leaders recognized the historic importance of the old fort to the state and took steps to acquire it. By Congressional Act of June 4, 1924, the fort and its surrounding reservation were given to the state of North Carolina to be used as a public park. Fort Macon became the second area to be acquired by the state for the purpose of establishing a state parks system. During 1934-35, the fort was restored by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Public recreational facilities were also established. Fort Macon State Park officially opened on May 1, 1936, as North Carolinaâ€™s first functioning state park. With the entry of the United States into World War II in December, 1941, the US Army recognized the need to occupy the fort again to protect a number of important nearby facilities. The old fort was actively manned once again with Coast Artillery troops. Soldiers lived in the fort and in barracks erected just outside. Harbor defense headquarters were also established in the fort. Shore batteries were established on the beach just outside the fort to guard against coastal raids by German submarines. Although these defenses were never called upon to fight the enemy, their presence served as a deterrent that forced the German U-boats to keep their distance. The Army occupied the fort and park from December, 1941, to November, 1944, under a special lease arrangement with the state of North Carolina. At the end of the war, the troops and weaponry were withdrawn. On October 1, 1946, the Army returned Fort Macon State Park to the state. Fort Macon State Park today is one of the most visited state park in North Carolina. It has an annual visitation of over a million. There are two major areas that comprise the park. The fort area showcases historic Fort Macon with museum exhibits and restored soldier quarters. The bathhouse area offers public recreational facilities in the summer season. In between these two areas are pristine beaches, sand dunes, maritime forest and salt marshes that preserve at least a part of the barrier island ecology on Bogue Banks. The park is truly one of the wonders of coastal North Carolina. Paul Branch Fort Macon State Park
The park is truly one of the wonders of coastal North Carolina. -Paul Branch
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The history of fishing along the Carolina Coast was gelled in 1957 when young Jimmy Croy heaved that blue marlin off the Mary Z and onto the Morehead City docks, providing all the impetus needed for the state’s cornerstone fishing tournament, the Big Rock. The search for a marlin continues today creating an active tournament season. Seven billfish tournaments now dot the North Carolina calendar. Known as the Governor’s Cup Billfishing Conservation Series, the 2012 tournaments begin in Hatteras with the Hatteras Village Offshore Open from May 15-19 and end with the Pirates Cove 28th annual Billfish Tournament held Aug. 13-17. The tradition returns home each June for the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament. Each year this week-long parade of the area’s biggest and best fishermen draws hundreds of anxious spectators and reporters to Big Rock Landing, where the luckiest of fishermen have a chance to weigh in blue marlin that tip the scales at 450 pounds, up to the record 831 pounds in 2000. This event’s popularity has also played a hand in swelling the cash prizes paid to the winners. The 2011 tournament marked the tournament’s 15th year in a row where the overall purse reached
at least $1 million and there is little reason to think the trend won’t continue. Luckily for those unable to pony up an entry fee of up to $18,000 for all levels, this game of high stakes and giant fish draws in the public with its daily weigh-ins on the Morehead City waterfront. While blue marlin are brought to the scales as soon as they are caught, game fish weigh-ins of wahoo, mahi mahi and tuna occur Monday through Friday from 4-7pm and on Saturday from 3-6pm. It’s here where you’ll find spectators, fishermen and media outlets clamoring for a glimpse of the elusive blue marlin. Now in its 54th year, the Big Rock tournament gets off to a running start with the lady angler party from 6-9pm on Friday, June 8, at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler portion of the week-long event sees the women hit the water on Saturday. Their male counterparts man the boats Monday through Saturday, picking four of six fishing days to chase down the marlin. Big Rock keeps fans up to date before and during the tournament with a running ticker of each hook-up at thebigrock.com.
TOURNAMENT TRAIL Big fish, big money, big excitement… The following is a sampling of the major fishing tournaments spanning from Hatteras to Wrightsville Beach. E-mail your 2012 fishing tournament information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Red Fish Action Elite Series. This series sees anglers taking to the water in Wilmington on April 28, Sneads Ferry on June 23 and Beaufort, Aug. 4. Details: redfishaction.com. May 4-5: Reelin’ For Research. Charity fishing tournament in Morehead City for UNC Children’s Hospital Research Division. Details: reelinforresearch.org or email@example.com. *May 15-19: Hatteras Village Offshore Open, the annual kick off for the NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament, now in its 18th year, brings prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 1-888-544-8115. May 18-20: JWR Gaffer Dolphin Tournament. With boundaries from Hatteras to Morehead City, this contest for billfish, wahoo, tuna and cobia includes women’s and youth divisions. Details: www.hillsboroughsfc.com. *May 26-27: Swansboro Rotary Memorial Day Bluewater Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-422-9100 or www. kingbluewater.com. June 1-2: Fisherman’s Post Spring Inshore Challenge. Flounder and speckled trout divisions, as well as divisions for aggregate weight, senior angler, lady angler and junior angler. Wrightsville Beach Marina, Wrightsville Beach. Details: 910-409-8379 or www.fishermanspost.com. June 17-24: Invitational Blue Marlin Release Tournament. Tuna, dolphin and wahoo weigh-ins daily during this five-day event at the Hatteras Marlin Club. Details: 252-986-2454 or www.hatterasmarlinclub.com.
*June 8-16: 54th annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-247-3575 or www. thebigrock.com. June 22-23: CCCF Spanish Mackerel/Dolphin Fishing Tournament. In its 5th year, this Carteret Community College Foundation tourney helps raise funds for college programs and scholarships. Details: Wes Daniels, 252-222-6222. *June 27-30: Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set in Wrightsville Beach with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 910-2566666 or www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com. *July 19-21: Barta Boys and Girls Club Billfish Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament set on the Beaufort waterfront with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-808-2286 or www.bartabillfish.com. *July 26-28: 23rd Ducks Unlimited Band the Billfish Tag and Release Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252237-3717 or www.bandthebillfish.com. *Aug. 13-17: 28th Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament, NC Governor’s Cup Series Tournament in Manteo with prizes for marlin releases and weigh-ins for tuna, dolphin and wahoo. Details: 252-473-1015 or www. pcbgt.com. Sept. 13-15: Atlantic Beach King Mackerel Tournament. Presented by Blue Water Promotions, this annual tournament is headquartered in the Atlantic Station Shopping Center. Details: www.bluewaterpromo.com. *Indicates a Governor’s Cup Billfishing Tournament
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Picking the Perfect Boat
Two Boat Shows are Ready to Connect Buyers and Sellers Whether you’re looking for your first boat, buying up or just dreaming of the day when you can do either, there is never a better way to take stock of all the options than during a boat show – and this year, there are two in Eastern North Carolina to choose from. Oriental’s Pecan Grove Marina will set the stage for the In-Water Boat Show April 13-15, inviting guests to come aboard and check out the amenities. Sponsored by the Oriental Rotary, this 4-year-old gathering continues to grow with each passing year – well, except for last year, when Saturday was interrupted by one of the more prominent outbreak of tornadoes the state has ever seen. That means great things are going to happen this year, according to Sam Myers, the Rotary’s organizer for the show. “The show continues to grow and we’re cautiously optimistic that this year’s show will be bigger and better,” Myers said. “We’re getting calls from vendors all over North and South Carolina and Virginia who want to be involved. That’s a great sign to us.” Reports from last year show almost $500,000 in boat sales directly connected to the show and from canvassing vendors, 16 |
Myers said, he surmises another $150,000 was spent at various booths. Hosting the show brought about $9,000 to the local club, which annually provides $30,000 in college scholarships for Pamlico County students along with grants to support area nonprofit organizations. “The success of the boat show has allowed us to almost double the total amount of scholarships we provide in the last two years,” said Myers. “It’s great for the community.” The focus turns to Morehead City, May 19-20, as the Crystal Coast Boat Show shoves off, promoting one of the most popular recreational activities in Carteret County and just about everything related to it. Sponsored by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association (DMCRA), the annual undertaking continues to expand, bringing a variety of vendors from all walks of the marine industry together for the two day show. New and used boats line the waterfront while booths showcase marine products and services, outdoor gear, tackle, guide services, conservation groups and others. This year, according to DMCRA Executive Director Tom Kies, the event will
add a street fair on Saturday, complete with vendors and live entertainment, an antique car show on Saturday and a muscle car display on Sunday. In addition, the show’s art element, ARTrageous, held in partnership with the Arts Council of Carteret County, will expand to almost twice the size of last year’s event, bringing artists from around the region to show off their work. “We’re looking forward to a full, busy show,” Kies said. “Plenty of reasons to come to Morehead City and spend some time downtown.” For more information on the Oriental boat show, visit orientalboatshow.com. For information on the Morehead City event, call 252-808-0440 or visit downtownmoreheadcity.com/boat_show. WF
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