NC Seafood Festival Day Two: Flounder Flingin' Excitement Continues!

By: Carly Swain/ April Davis
By: Carly Swain/ April Davis

The 26th Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its second day, and crowds have shown no sign of slowing down.

There were a number of events for those on hand to attend, in addition to venders and delicious food available.

There's a chefs tent for the curious kitchen cook to get a better idea of how some of Eastern Carolina's finest seafood is made.

Those in the market for a new boat had plenty of slick rides to look at, just a short trolley ride to the port.

Miss North Carolina, Arlie Honeycutt, also got in on one of the more storied festival games, the Flounder Fling.

"Well, I've never flung a flounder before but I know that several Miss North Carolina's who have come before me, have flung the flounder. So, I was very honored to have the opportunity to fling the first flounder of the season," said Honeycutt.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival continues until Sunday night.

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The North Carolina Seafood Festival's 1st Day for the 26th annual event was a success with wonderful food and entertainment from when the gates opened at noon until late into the evening.

If you are planning what to do Saturday, the gates at 10:00 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m. Saturday promises to be a day full off excitement with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Before the gates even open, the Twin Bridges 8K Road Race
starts in Beaufort at 8:00 am and ends at the Atlantic Beach Causeway. The Pier Fishing Tournament at Bogue Island Fishing Pier at Emerald Isle and Oceana Fishing Pier at Atlantic Beach runs 8:00 am – 3:00pm with prizes available. You can win a free T-shirt and gift card to Amos Mosquitoes at the Flounder Fling on Shepard Street between 7th & 8th every hour from noon to 5:00 p.m. The Clam Jam Stage will feature live music from 11:00 a.m. through the late evening with the last band taking the stage at 8:00 p.m.

Make sure to visit the WITN tent to say hello to our news anchors and reporters. We'll have live reports Saturday for the Sunrise show and on WITN News at 6 and 11 p.m. You can click on the link below for specific events and times.

More than 150,000 people are expected to descend on the Morehead City waterfront this weekend for the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

The festival runs through 5:00 p.m. Sunday.

If you've been down before you probably know your way around, but if this is the first time there's some new technology on the market for festival goers.

Break out the smart phones and follow the festival. Tell people where you are and what you're doing on Twitter this year with the hashtag: "@ncseafoodfestiv." Plus, there's an app for that! From your i-phone or android you can navigate through the festival from vendors to fireworks. You can track when your favorite restaurants are taking over the kitchen in the chef's tent and send yourself a reminder half an hour before they begin. Plus, keep track of when the artists you want to see are taking the stage and if they're delayed. No matter the wait- Art Gill says one band is sure to bring out a crowd.

"Gloriana is going to be the big draw, and SwampdaWamp's close behind them, but Gloriana is a national act. We're very privileged to get them.They're looking forward to being here," said Gill.

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Friday the gates will be open for the 26th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival. There's plenty to eat, and also plenty to do.

There is a fishing tournament at 2 local piers and of course the Flounder Fling. The fishing tournament spans Saturday and Sunday off both the Oceana and Bogue Inlet piers. It's a tournament for all ages with prizes. The Flounder Fling is Friday - an event that has been a tradition for all 25 festivals so far and continues to be a crowd pleaser.

"We see a big draw. We see people come back each year, to line up for the event. It's a lot of fun. We have people line up and the first three people that get two out of three in the pan win prizes. We have t-shirts and gift certificates. It's just a lot of fun." said festival board member Greg Rice.
Festival board member

Last year WITN's Heather King was the first to fling the flounder and of course came through on the traditional kiss of the fish.

The North Carolina Seafood Festival is fun for the whole family, but also very beneficial for the east.

People from across the state and beyond stream into Morehead City to enjoy the food, fireworks and fun of the seafood festival.

While the festival means more traffic, it also means a big economic boost to the local economy.

There is no admission fee for the festival but it will cost patrons a few bucks to ride the rides or enjoy some fresh local seafood. The mayor of Morehead City says the money it costs for vendors to set up is sent right back to the community.

WITN is a proud sponsor of the NCSF. The 26th annual festival takes place Friday-Saturday in Morehead City.


The 26th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival kicks off Friday October 5th in Morehead City.

All this week, we'll be gearing up for the coastal celebration and making sure you know whats available to see, do, and eat this year.

Looking ahead to Sunday, we'll see the 15th blessing of the fleet. It honors and remembers fishermen lost at sea. Local fishermen will bring their boats to the state port to line up in a processional. The blessing of the fleet is a non-denominational ceremony set for Sunday morning. Its a time to remember the family, friends, and crew members.

For more information on this and other seafood festival events click on the link below. As always, WITN is a proud sponsor of the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

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