Day two of the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City

The 30th NC Seafood Festival began Friday and runs until Sunday.

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Saturday marks day two of the NC Seafood Festival in Morehead City.

The festival along the Crystal Coast kicked off at 8:00 a.m. where many can participate in an 8-k road race and a pier fishing tournament.

Also country music star Michael Ray hits the stage at 6:45 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:00 p.m.

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MOREHEAD CITY (WNCT)–Friday kicked off a weekend celebration of North Carolina’s seafood industry.

The three-day long NC Seafood Festival celebrates our state’s seafood industry and promotes locally caught seafood. This is the 30th year of the event.

“Carteret County was built on the backs of commercial fisherman,” Clark Jenkins, chairman of the Seafood Festival, said. “It’s been tough for them through weather, economic times, economic development and regulations, but they still persevere and make it through all that. And this is sort of a celebration for them.”

About 200 local vendors selling everything from ceramics to woodwork are at the event. But the main highlight of this weekend is the seafood. “We’ve got oysters, soft shells, crab cakes, clam baskets, shrimp, crab dip and crab soup,” said Ben Droppleman with the Strawberry Street Cafe.

And among kids at the festival, many say the best parts so far are the carnival rides. The Hooten family is visiting the festival for the first time from Massachusetts. “We’re here for obviously the great food, and for the kids to enjoy the rides,” Justin Hooten said.

Nearly 200,000 people are expected at this year’s event. Tonight kicks off with a concert from Uncle Kracker.

“Sunday we’ll have shrimp trawlers and commercial boats come by and everyone can say thanks to the commercial fisherman,” Jenkins said. “We have the chef’s tent and demonstrations tomorrow and then a competition on Sunday. We also have free music on the Coastal Stage.”

Free parking is available at the State Port. There’s a free shuttle this weekend to take you from the port to the festival.

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