sixth annual Day at the Docks gets great weather and great crowds
By IRENE NOLAN
The sixth annual Day at the Docks on Saturday, Sept. 18, saw wonderful
weather – blue skies and a northeast breeze – and the best turnout
ever, according to organizer Lynne Foster.
“We were really pleased with the turnout,” said Foster. “And
weather couldn’t have been better. I think there were more people
watching each event.”
There were all kinds of events happening all day at many locations
along the Hatteras village waterfront. The celebration brings visitors
and island families together to celebrate the living traditions and
heritage of Hatteras Island.
The day began at 10 a.m. with a release of white doves owned and
trained by Lou Browning and Liz Browning Fox of Hatteras Doves.
Releasing the doves were Clara and Alice Oden, the daughters of Dan and
The Rev. Dwight Burrus opened the day with prayers, while musician Bob
Zentz performed the popular gospel hymn, “I’ll Fly Away.”
During the rest of the day, there was food, music, cooking
demonstrations, a chowder cook-off, a kids’ fishing contest, and
various other competitions.
The Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s chowder cook-off was won, once
again, by Keith Gray, who owns Diamond Shoals restaurant. He
brought two entries – a creamy crab chowder and a tomato-based crab
Second place was claimed by the Inn on Pamlico Sound with a corn and
crab chowder with a creamy base. And the Breakwater
won third place for its creamy fish chowder, made with tile fish.
The chowder cook-off raised $2,200, which is shared by the cancer
foundation and the Day at the Docks organization.
This year, 108 youngsters competed in the Children’s Fishing Contest –
the largest number since the contest started at the first Day at the
You’ll find the winners at the end of this article.
Winners in other contests were:
Hanging: Jake Griffin, 19, Wanchese.
Marlin: four adult teams competed for cash awards. John
and Brian King took first place and Bryan Mattingly and Amber Bradshaw
Sailfish: eight youth team competed for cash awards. First place went
to Meredith Hodges and Sumner Mattingly. Bud Willis and
Willis placed second.
Suit Race: Jerry Rosell won first place in the 17 years and
category, and Zach Hackley placed second. In the 16
under category, Cameron Whitaker placed first and Patrick O’Neal came
Also during the day’s events, the Hatteras Grand Slam organizers
presented Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation and North Carolina Watermen
United with tournament proceeds of $2,500 to each group.
The day ended, as always, with the Blessing of the Fleet at 6 p.m.
Twenty-five boats joined the parade this year, which was led by the
Albatross I, the oldest working charter boat in the fleet.
The Rev. Corey Oliver led the ceremony, which honors watermen who have
died during the year and includes prayers for the safety of the fleet
in the coming year. Islanders Johnnie Baum and Dale Farrow also read
After the blessing, Michael Peele and family and friends
a wreath on his traditonal Hatteras shad boat through the breakwater
nad tossed it into the waters of the Pamlico Sound as the sun set and,
with the evening clouds, cast a remarkable light over the waters.
The day ended with a Lawn Dance at the Community Center, where the
partygoers celebrated the engagement of Hatteras native Jennifer Burrus
and newcomer Zach Hackley.
Jennifer, whose family owns the Burrus Red & White Supermarket,
Zach, who is from Charlotte, met at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill and have been dating for two years. Jennifer
graduated in 2009 and Zach graduated last spring.
Zach says he intended to pop the question at the top of the Cape
Hatteras Lighthouse during the next full moon tour, which is Sept. 23,
but he got impatient and proposed at his apartment before the dance.
She said “yes,” but no date has been set for the wedding.
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Blessing of the Fleet 2010
Fishing Contest Winners
Ages 9 and under – Heaviest Pinfish
1.Wheeler Ballance, 9, Hatteras, .40 lb.
2.Kaleb Lopez, 5, Frisco
3.3. Bryan Styron, 5, Greenville
Honorable Mentions: Regan Johnson, 1, Hatteras, Shayley Ballance, 5,
Frisco, and Morgan Fairbanks, 9, Frisco.
Ages 9 and Under – Biggest/Longest Fish
1.Nevaeh Willis, 9, Frisco, 15.25-inch croaker
2.Christian Evans, Hatteras, 15-inch puppy drum
3.John Canning, 9, Hatteras, 14-inch lizard fish
Honorable Mentions: Hannah Cureio, 7, Buxton, 12.75-inch lizard fish,
Addison Johnson, 2, 12.5 drum, and Emma Delmonte, 6, Frisco, 12-inch
Ages 10 and over – Heaviest Pinfish
1.Delaney Johnson, 11, Hatteras, .35 lb.
2.Calvin Clever, 10, Hatteras
3. Nathaniel Kiefer, 10, Buxton
Honorable Mentions: Shaun Caonen, 14, Buxton; Zack Castelloe, Windsor,
Allie Quidley, 10, Buxton.
Ages 10 and over – Biggest/Longest Fish
1.Jafar Christ, 11, Buxton, 14.75-inch drum
2.Logan Brown, 13, Hatteras, 14-inch flounder
3.Stevie O’Neal, 11, Plymouth, 9.5-inch oyster toad
Honorable Mentions: Bryan Gray, 12, Buxton, 9-inch oyster toad; Ethan
Bachelor 10, Hatteras 8.75-inch hog fish, and Ethan Gray, 11, Frisco,
8.25 hog fish.
Overall Grand Prize Winner – Heaviest Pinfish: Damon Harkey, 10,
Hatteras, .40 lb.
Overall Grand Prize Winner – Biggest/Longest Fish: Jack Coyner, 10,
Staunton, Va., 16.25-inch drum.
Little Lady Angler: Ava Evans, 6, Hatteras.