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