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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:
Adults:

  • 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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The Community Band plays the Croaker Festival opening ceremonies.
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Mayor Sally Belangia presents South Pamlico Volunteer Fire Department with a check from the Dottie Gray Ambulance Fund. The money will buy a Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillator for the station.
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Croaker baking contest categories for 2019.
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If you win in one of the baking categories, you also win a Croaker.
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The parade opens with the Grand Marshall and members of a modern – and historic – military.
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Kids mad dash onto Broad St to gather as much candy as they can before the next float rolls by.
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Vehicles, logos, and decals from county fire engines.
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A line of tractors, representing the farms and farmers of Pamlico County, roll down Broad Street.
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The local Republican party thanks first responders.
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Every year, different Shriner clubs attend the parade and entertain the crowds.
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Local Olympians from the National Senior Games: Fay Bond, Susan Maier, and Irma Bond-Maxbauer.
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A nun from the production of Nunsense waves from The Old Theater truck.
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Some kids watch the parade, some kids are in it.
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The Oriental Women’s Club float features a patriotic Croaker

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One Marine teaches a young musician how to play drums.
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A cold, flavored ice on a warm day.
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The Heartworks Kid’s Carnival had bounce houses, face painting, and more to entertain the kids.
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The finest in fair food offerings could be found along South Ave.
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The official 2019 Croaker Festival t-shirt.
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Some of the goods from vendor row.
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Drone Amelia provides the bird’s eye view of the Croakerfest venue along South Ave.
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The end of the line, or of South Ave, is blocked off by construction signs and a lonely ice cream vendor.
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Drone Amelia gets pictures of the fireworks setup on Oriental Bridge.
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A view from channel marker #6 (John Watkin).

Click here to read about the winners of the 2019 Croaker Festival Regatta.

Posted Wednesday July 3, 2019 by Allison DeWeese


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