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Croaker Festival 2019
Marines, Firemen, Tractors, & a Funnel Cake
July 3, 2019
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brass band marched. Sailors sailed. A Croaker Queen began her reign. Pamlico County’s First Responders were honored. The 39th Annual Croaker Festival was June 28 – July 1.

This year July 4 came midweek. Organizers had to choose the weekend before, or the weekend after. It turned out the Marine Band would be available the weekend before… and the date was set.

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Each year, a Croaker Queen and Miss Minnow are crowned the day before the Croaker Festival Parade.

Miss Minnow results:

  • Miss Photogenic – Tayla Truesdale
  • 2nd Runner Up – Layla Jones
  • 1st Runner Up – Jojo Buck
  • Miss Minnow – Summer Daniels

Croaker Queen results:

  • Miss Photogenic – Aiden Smith
  • 1st Runner Up – Jenna Bustamante
  • Croaker Queen – Layne Brinson

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Several winners of the baking contest – in both the adult and 12 & under categories.

Baking Contest Winners:

  • Laura Poniatowski – Gluten Free Cheesecake
  • Bob Wiegand – Whole Lemon Pie
  • Annie Benda – Oatmeal Cookies
  • Rachel Homan – Vegan Donuts
  • Katie Holbrook – “Oriental Lights Up” Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting
  • Nan Farrell – Blueberry Crepes

12 & Under:

  • Zoe & Ava Eldredge – Coffee Cake
  • Ava Weeks – Cherry Cheesecake Tarts
  • Mary Mac Hott – Apple Dumplings
  • Libby Hott – Apple Crisp
  • Eden Homan – Ocean Themed Vanilla Cake
  • Molly Hight – Strawberry Pie
  • Asher Reiswig – Asher’s Rocket Man Brownies

Finola Corbett organizes the Baking contest and thanks her judges for their help: Jen Hackett, Don McGuire, Sandy McGuire, and Dianne Midness.

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This year’s parade theme was First Responders. Some participants took it and ran, others did their own thing.
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Kids search Hodges Street for candy.
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The Cherry Point Marine Corps Band in the Croaker Festival parade.
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The winners of the Croaker Festival Parade are pinned to the front of the Croaker information booth.
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Funnel cakes, elephant ears, and fried foods of every sort were on offer.
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The Sudan Shriners Cooligans drive motorized coolers through the parade.
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Oriental Women’s Club members sell handmade Croaker fish hats.
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The annual Croaker Festival firework display from both sides, and above, the bridge.
Croaker Festival Fireworks Saturday night.

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Posted Wednesday July 3, 2019 by Allison DeWeese

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