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CroakerFest is Back - Festival 2022
Miss Minnow, Marines, and Firetrucks
July 7, 2022

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pinning trawlers, Croakers and Minnows, and a gluten-free category at the Bake-Off. They were all part of the 2022 Croaker Festival happening over the Independence Day weekend.

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The Carteret Shriner Mariners spin in the street.

The Festival was cancelled in 2020 after the outbreak of Covid (though the fireworks went on under the moniker Spirit of Independence).

In 2021, organizers announced the festival was cancelled on March 29. And so, for one year only, Oriental hosted the Flounder Festival – so named for the difficulty in organizing such a large event in a small span of time.

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Comparing snow cones by the river.

This year, with no restrictions on crowd size or public gatherings, the Croaker Festival returned in full.

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Jim Kellenberger waves the flag atop a John Deere. (Bob Parker photo)
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Looking towards the Main Stage, this vendor waits on customers to make their way down South Avenue.
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Ben of the Oriental Village Veterinary office drives pup Hattie in the parade.
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Miss Minnow Winner Hartley Boyce (right) and 3rd Runner-up Ava Foughty.
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The Croaker Queen and Miss Minnow contestants.
Winners of the Croaker Queen and Miss Minnow Pageants
Croaker Queen
• Miss Congeniality & Miss Photogenic: Jaden Ernst
• 3rd Runner-up: Holli Scott
• 2nd Runner-up and Winner of the $1k Scholarship: Chasity Fulcher
• 1st Runner-up: Haleigh Murray
• Croaker Queen: Diana Harper

Miss Minnow
• Little Miss Photogenic: Erin Forbes
• 3rd Runner-up: Ava Foughty
• 2nd Runner-up: Carleigh Lane
• 1st Runner-up: Raleigh Mayo
• Miss Minnow: Hartley Boyce

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Miss Photogenic, Erin Forbes. It’s true.
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Candy, enroute.
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Parade anticipation.
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Get your flags From Chris Mele before the parade.
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A stoic member of the Marine Corps Color Guard.
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Shriner Cooligan escorts Teddy Bear down Hodges Street.
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A decked out 1957 Chevy rolls through the parade.
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Marine Corps leadership.
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Pamlico Community College President Jim Ross waves from the PCC float.
Croaker Festival Parade Winners
• Most Uplifting – United Churches of Oriental
• Most Patriotic Bird – Old Theater
• Most Patriotic Neighborhood – Janiero Neighborhood
• Most Patriotic Float – Pamlico Community College
• Most Nautical – Carteret Shriners’ Mariners
• Most Upbeat – Drummin’ Dragons
• Best Dressed Group -United States Marine Corps Band
• Best Twirler – Amundson Family
• Most Artful – ArtWorks Oriental
• Senior Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Fay Bond
• Grand Prize – Pamlico County Arts Council

Coloring Contest Winners
• 6 and Under: Rebekah Spain, age 6
• Age 7-9: Zach Heath, age 8
• Age 10 -12: Blain Horton, age 10

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Even Boy Scouts have dance moves.
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Darlene Marquart and the Oriental Dragon Boat Masters on Hodges Street.
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Marching Marine Corps musicians.
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Carla Fisher at the helm of the SS ArtWorks.
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Waving from atop the Florence / Whortonsville firetruck.
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A Carteret County Mariner keeps his vessel from tipping mid-parade.
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Croaker Festival staff catch up at the information booth.
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Bake-Off Winners
Cheesecakes, Pies & Quickbreads
• 1st: Donna Walls
• 2nd: Lorraine Curtis
• 3rd: Donna Walls

Dietary Restricted
• 1st: Betty Jo Rodgers
• 2nd: Deb Boswell
• 3rd: Brent Rowe

Themed Cakes
• 1st (and only): Donna Walls

Kids Baking
• 1st: Sofie Hawkins
• 2nd: Harper Dunbar
• 3rd: Samantha Brill

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Pirates on the Pamlico County Arts Council float spray parade watchers with water guns.
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A field sprayer preps for the turn off Broad Street and onto Hodges Street.
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A younger Drummin’ Dragon member.
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Senior Games Winners Fay Bond (right) and Irma Fay Bond-Maxbauer.
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Pamlico County Sheriff Chris Davis and his dog.
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Mark Weinheimer needs two hats for the parade.
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Old Theater pirate Russ Stevenson.
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Fireworks over the harbor. (Garren DiPasquale photo)

Posted Thursday July 7, 2022 by Allison DeWeese


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