166This small town celebrates big!  The 35th Annual Croakerfest, “Pamlico County’s Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration” is just down the road in Oriental today and tomorrow.  From parades and carnivals to fireworks and dancing in the street, it’s easy to see that these locals and weekend warriors know how the celebrate the Fourth of July in style!

Here’s the happenings:


7:00 am • South Street becomes one way (Hodges to 1st Ave. Streets)

9:00 • Vendors open their booths as soon as they are set up.

12:00 noon • South Street Closes at the Festival grounds

2:00 pm • Croaker Festival Information Booth opens

3:00-4:30 • Baking Contest drop-off behind Croaker Booth

3:00 pm • Heartworks Kids Carnival Opens on High Street

4:00 pm • 35th Annual Croaker Festival Opening Ceremonies at Lou-Mac Park

4:00 pm • The Pamlico Chorale; The Pamlico Community Band

4:45 pm • Judging for the Baking Contest begins

5:00 pm • Heartworks Kids Carnival Closes

6:00 pm • Kids Park Opens with Putt – Putt golf and Games

6:00 pm • Minnow Pageant followed by Croaker Queen Pageant

7:00 pm • All contest winners will be announced

7:30 pm • Street Dance: The Bryan Mayer Band

9:30 pm • Kids Park Closes


8:15 am • South Street Closes at the Festival grounds

8:30 am • Vendor Booths open

9:00 am • Parade Line – up at Ragan Road

10:00 am • The Parade

10:00 am • Oriental Dinghy Club Croaker Festival Regatta registration (Wildlife Ramp)

11:00 am * Heartworks Kid’s Carnival Opens on High Street

11:45 am • The Kids Park Opens

11:00 am • Music “Acoustic Foreplay”

11:30 am • Skippers Meeting at Wildlife Ramp

11:45 am • Parade Winners announced

12:00 noon •Music: “The Rusty Nails”– Main Stage

1:00 pm • Croaker Festival Regatta, Races Start

2:00pm • The Fairview Ramblers –Main Stage

3:00 pm • Kids Coloring Contest Winners Announced

4:00 pm • The Rockets. Main Stage

5:00 pm • Heartworks Kid’s Carnival closes

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. • Street Dance featuring The Blues Casters – .Main Stage

9:00 pm • Vendor Booths Close

9:30 pm • Fireworks over the Harbor! (Pending Weather)