North Carolina Seafood Festival's Purpose Undying

When we think of the North Carolina Seafood Festival it makes us think of fried shrimp, funnel cakes, and amusement rides. Over the years the food and entertainment may change, but the mission of the festival remains the same.

The festival aims to educate the public about the seafood industry. It also boosts tourism during the off-season, establishes a scholarship program for educational purposes, publicizes the wide variety of seafood indigenous to our waters, and helps civic, non-profit, and church organizations raise funds. The first festival in 1987 cost sixty thousand bucks and brought in thirty five thousand people.

Two decades later, that number has risen to one hundred fifty thousand people, along with many other positive changes, thanks to a lot of hard work.

Something else that has changed over the past twenty one years is the collectible seafood festival poster.


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  • by mike Location: new bern on Oct 8, 2007 at 04:08 AM
    I took my wife and 3 kids to enjoy a day at the NC Seafood festival. To bad the day was ruined when we went to leave and found our car "stolen" After a lot of run around, we were told it had been towed along with dozens of others. While there were many places clearly marked no parking, the area we were all parked was not marked nor were we given any indication that it would not be allowed, but rather were told by someone in security that it was ok to park there. It cost $100.00 (cash only no credit card) plus a cab ride and the tow company A and M ruined a brand new tire on my car as well. I filed a police report and intend on filing suit, and I am looking for others so we can possibly make it class action if the North Carolina Seafood Festival, and the others involved do not make this right promptly. This was one of the first events I have had the opportunity to bring my family to since buying a home here, and needless to say they are disappointed with the state.
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