The town of Oriental in Pamlico County may be known for its annual croaker festival, but this time of year is the dragon's time to shine. The town has a dragon run on New Year's Eve, where kids, and adults can become part of the dragon himself as he walks through the town. It’s a moment that townsfolk have come to love. The dragon run has two walks on New Years Eve, one at 8:00 p.m. and one at 11:00 p.m. The town finishes the night with the croaker drop, where they drop a wooden fish at midnight to ring in the New Year.