Ocracoke fisherman. Photo by Joy Crist.

Ocracoke Preservation Society is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Ocracoke Working Waterman’s Festival on Saturday, October 21, 2023, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

Photo by OPS

Join the Ocracoke Preservation Society (OPS) in celebrating Ocracoke heritage with its rich history and continuing tradition of working on the water.

Since the first inhabitants of the island, Ocracokers have made their living on the water, from piloting ships through the treacherous Ocracoke Inlet, to fishing, crabbing, clamming, oyster harvesting, duck hunting, and decoy carving, all of which continue today, handed down through the generations.

The festival will celebrate these traditions with booths and exhibits with the watermen themselves, porch talks throughout the day highlighting each tradition, a traditional Ocracoke Fish Fry, T-shirts, posters, and a silent auction, in addition to many other activities.

Mark your calendar now for this exciting new event for OPS and the Ocracoke Community and let’s honor and thank our many Working Watermen.

Booth and exhibit inquiries are currently being accepted. Please contact Andrea Powers at Ocracoke Preservation Society at 252-928-7375 or admin@ocracokepreservation.org

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