The first time I attended the North Carolina Seafood Festival in Morehead City was October 2002, a few months after I started at WITN. My first memory was how incredibly hot it was. I was not expecting the temperature to be in the mid 90s during the first weekend of October. I think I was still a little shocked at how hot and humid that summer was overall.
My second memory was having to kiss a cold, dead fish.
I thought everyone was kidding when they told me about the Flounder Fling, where you're handed a huge dead flounder that's been on ice and attempt to toss it into a frying pan about ten feet away. They weren't kidding. They also weren't kidding about the part where you have to kiss the fish. It's pretty much as disgusting as you would expect it to be, but with a crowd of screaming Flounder Fling fans surrounding you, you don't have much choice.
It's tradition, as are so many other wonderful aspects of the NC Seafood Festival. They have a tradition of great bands, wonderful rides and giving back to local charities.
WITN also has a tradition of being a proud sponsor of the event. You can say hello to members of the news and weather team at the WITN booth this weekend.
My most vivid memory from the second NC Seafood Festival was finding out that the kissing of the flsh was not something they reserved for just new anchors and reporters at WITN. It's something they make us do each and every year. Pucker up, fish!
You can check out all the fun the festival has to offer at www.ncseafoodfestival.org.