07/29/09

Hatteras prepares to host fifth annual Day at the Docks Celebration on Sept. 19

The fifth annual “Day at the Docks: A Celebration of Hatteras Island Watermen” will be on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the Hatteras village waterfront.

“The celebration this year promises to be the best ever,” said Lynne Foster, chairperson of the Day at the Docks planning committee.

The day brings local fishing families and island visitors together on the waterfront where commercial fishing boats, charter boats, and fishing gear are displayed.

Competitions — such as the concrete marlin, net hanging, and mullet toss contests, and the survival suit race — will run throughout the day.

“The contests always draw lots of competitors with many spectators cheering them on,” Foster said.

The fish identification game, children’s fishing contest, blue crab races, and other activities designed especially for children will return this year.

“We’re bringing back the very popular chowder cook-off, as well as seafood cooking demonstrations, and we invite island cooks and chefs to contact us if they are interested in participating,” Foster said.

Day at the Docks gets underway at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Guests are invited to observe workboats parade into the harbor for the Blessing of the Fleet at 6 p.m.

There is no admission charge for the event.

For more information, visit www.dayatthedocks.org.

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