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"Cleaning the Catch" - 1997 NCSF Photo Contest Winner, B & W Division
"Cleaning the Catch" - Kathy Campen, 1997 NCSF Photo Contest Winner, Black & White Division. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

Since this annual seafood festival was established in 1987 on the waterfront of Morehead City, it has continued to grow. The first festival, which cost $60,000, was attended by more than 35,000 people. Eleven years later, the festival attracted 130,000 attendees for a cost of $250,000. Its purpose is to celebrate and highlight the state's seafood industry, and to provide fund-raising opportunities for local charities.

Festival activities include arts and crafts exhibits, in-water exhibits, seafood sampling, a touch tank for children, street dances, amusement rides, free live entertainment, U.S. Navy tours, an antique car show, pier fishing and softball tournaments. A top highlight is the blessing of the fleet ceremony.

The festival aims at achieving several goals: to promote the seafood industry, to educate citizens about the importance of seafood to the state's economy, to establish a scholarship program for students who are pursuing an education in the seafood industry, and to promote tourism and recreational opportunities in North Carolina. The festival is managed by North Carolina Seafood Festival Incorporated, a private nonprofit corporation, financed by sponsorships from local, state, and national businesses and individuals. The festival's success can be attributed to the hundreds of volunteers who work year round.

Documentation comprises brochures, invitations, opening ceremony and legislative luncheon programs, sponsor and vendor packets, posters, one video cassette, audiocassette tapes, and a 1998 festival scrapbook, containing numerous newspaper articles.

Originally submitted by: Walter B. Jones, Representative (3rd District).

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