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Croaker Festival 2023
43 years of Croaker Celebration
July 10, 2023

P
ies, parades, and fireworks. All part of the Croaker Festival celebrating the July 4 holiday. It was a hot July weekend, but folks still turned out to celebrate.

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The Cooligans perform their routine on parade route.
Baking Contest Winners
Cheesecake:
1. Laura Panatowski
2. Kee Fodrey
3. Susan Adams

Pies:
1. Toni Leavitt
2. Nelda Coats
3. Kee Fodrey

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A prize winning cheesecake.

Quick Breads:
1. Susan Stephens
2. Melanie Dixon
3. Nicole Avery

Dietary Restricted:
1. Steve & Darlene Marquart
2. McKenna Williams
3. Tiffany Dunbar

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Bubbles left in the wake of the Pamlico County Library float.

4th of July Cake:
1. Kee Fodrey
2. Svetlana Hudson
3. Mary & Ruby Johnson

Kids:
1. Mary Machott
2. Kate Geiger
3. Carter Jones

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Puppies, pirates, and mermaids float through the parade.
Croaker Festival Parade Winners
Grand Pooh Bah: St. Thomas Episcopal Church: Grow With Us
Spirit of America: Pamlico Community College
Most Refreshing: PC Arts Council
Biggest Bubbles: Pamlico Public Library
Largest Croakers: Pickett’s Charge
Fascinating Fascinators: Girl Scouts
Easter in July: Inner Banks
Most Inclusive & Fun: Pups, Pirates & Mermaids
Century Award: Ms. Fay Bond
Sound of America: Marine Band

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Helping keep the streets clean. Kids pick up candy littering the streets.
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Some of the Miss Minnow contestants on stage.
Miss Minnow winners
Miss Photogenic: Miss Celina Monk
3rd Runner Up: Alexandria Wilkinson
• 2nd Runner Up: Kadie Walker
1st Runner Up: Willow Sadler
Miss Minnow 2023: Ava Foughty

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The Croaker Queen crowning, and the court: Catherine Lackey, Layla Ireland, Mariah Stowe, Brooklyn Altman, and Adyson Foreman.
Croaker Queen Winners
Miss Photogenic: Catherine Lackey
Academic Award: Stephanie Harris
3rd Runner Up: Layla Ireland
2nd Runner Up: Mariah Stowe
1st Runner Up: Brooklyn Altman
Miss Croaker 2023: Adyson Foreman

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Better than a marching band – a traveling one. The Croaker Band plays through the parade.
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Member’s of the Oriental Woman’s Club sell Croaker Hats during the parade.
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Elizabeth Wichrowski holds up her son William while riding in the Oriental Police vehicle.
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A few of the Miss Minnow contestants: Piper Mayo, Chloe Spain, and Kadie Walker.
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Many houses were decorated for the holiday. But only one had patriotic skeletons.
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The Marine Corps Band played and marched in the parade.
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Before the fireworks on Saturday night, Christian Michaels fired off a small canon on the free dock.
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Not every participant was on a float. Some were in trucks, some in old cars, and others were pulled along the route.
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Drinking mimosas and watching the parade.
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After playing in the parade, the Marine Corps Band played again at the riverfront stage.
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Sylvia Norman, better known as Ms. Sil of Brantley’s Restaurant, was this year’s Grand Marshal.
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The Southern Hellcats play for a dancing – and sitting – audience.
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Brooklyn Altman, 1st Runner Up in the Croaker Queen contest, waves from her car.
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Fay Bond, Oriental resident for over half a century, will turn 100 in September.
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Baking Contest winners for the Dietary Restriction category, Darlene Marquart and McKenna Williams.
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Drawing attention and keeping cool.
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A fitting band motto.
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Kids enjoy parade candy while waving to the crowd.
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Miss Minnow and Croaker Queen winners Ava Foughty and Adyson Foreman.
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Marines, scouts, and dragons walk and cruise down Broad Street.
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Picking up as much candy as he can.
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A rapt crowd listens to the Marine Corps Band.
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Volunteer Fire Department Station 19 and other emergency vehicles close out the parade.
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Watching fireworks shoot off from Oriental Bridge Saturday night.
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Watching fireworks explode over the river.

Posted Monday July 10, 2023 by Allison DeWeese


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