Island celebrated America’s birthday and island life on July 4 with
activities for all ages from morning until evening.
Although she didn’t win a prize in the sand sculpture contest, Eril
Andes and her husband, Rod, from Ann Arbor, Mich., were among 41
entrants in the morning contest. They happily re-created their
wedding cake out of sand.
“We had never missed the sand sculpture contest,” Eril said. Two years
ago the couple got married on Ocracoke. This year, they immortalized
their happy event in sand.
First-time visitors to Ocracoke, Michael Nolan, Gary Wingrove, and Matt
Womble, put the finishing touches on their re-creation of the Titanic.
The three were part of Team International Paramedics, an association of
paramedics from eight countries that assists at trouble spots around
the world, who had gathered on Ocracoke for the holiday.
“It’s a double birthday,” said Nolan, of Ottawa, Canada, taking a break
from building the ill-fated liner. “Canada Day is July 1 and America’s
day is today.”
The team of Brian Pompeii, Mark Blecher, Hannah Fisher and AnMargaret
Warner created a sculpture of a fiddler crab—to honor the little brown
crabs that skitter about the island.
“Those are the juveniles, who after their larvae stage come up on
land,” explained Pompeii, a Ph.D. candidate who is doing a thesis on
the cultural geography of Ocracoke.
Lindsey Bost, of Johnstown, Pa., created “Blackbeard’s Chest” and won first place in the 12-and-under group category.
Adriana Davis won first place in the under 12 individual category with her sculpture, “Dogfish, Catfish.”
Rachel Tompson won first place in the 13 and over individual category with her “Girl Sunbathing.”
The winners of the groups 13 and older were first place for “Happy
Indepenguins,” a sculpture of three penguins sunning, by Helmet Heads;
second-place to “Soccer Field,” by the Perez Family; and third-place to
“Free Ride,” showing a mermaid riding a dolphin.
Best in Show was “Toy Shorey,” showing a sunbathing Buzz Lightyear and Woody of the movie “Toy Story.”
The first annual fig cake bake-off had 13 fig cake entries for “traditional” and “creative” categories.
Judges Kay Riddick, Dave Frum and James Barrie Gaskill deemed a cake
made by Annie Lou Gaskins, of the Thurston House Inn, the winner in the
“They were all excellent, but the best fig cakes are dark and moist
with a good, solid texture,” noted Frum. “This one was the best.”
Gaskins’ daughter, Donna Boor, was on hand to slice it for visitors to sample and noted that her mother makes them for sale.
“It’s her own recipe and you ain’t gonna get it,” Boor said when asked about the ingredients.
Caroline Slane won in the “creative” category, in which cakes deviated from the traditional recipe.
“This one has a lemon glaze,” said Daphne Bennink, who was sampling the
cakes and doing a play-by-play live for Ocracoke Community Radio WOVV
90.1 FM. “It has a beautiful texture and the walnuts have a nice
The Old Time Ocracoke Parade began at 3 p.m. with vehicles from the
Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department and the Emergency Medical Services
leading the way.
Kenny Ballance, an Ocracoke native, who will retire in October after 35
years as a National Park Service employee, was the Grand Marshal.
Decorated golf carts, costumed pirates, and floats with both humorous
and political themes rode down Irvin Garrish Highway, up Lighthouse
Road, down Creek Road, and back through the center of the village,
ending at the Ocracoke Preservation Society headquarters where prizes
Robert Rayborn, parade organizer, said 37 were registered, which was up from 27 last year.
Parade float winners were: first-place: Teeter’s Camp Ground, celebrating red Solo cups;
second-place: the Parasail group, Erik O’Neal; third-place:
“Tow Mater,” a rendition of the vehicle “Mater,” of the movie “Cars,”
by Van O’Neal.
Other parade winners were as follows:
Walk and roll category: Ocracoke cheer club, first place; David Alcorn, second place; Carrie Kennedy, third place.
Wheels: Jim Piland, first; Emmett Temple, second; Kathy Bonner, third.
Best New Float: Bob Chestnut; Best Business Float: Ocracoke Coffee; Best Golf Cart: Danny Flick.
Among the other activities were the Homegrown-Handmade Market,
fish-print T-shirts, the Classic Car display; a dunking booth by Boy
Scout Troup 290, stories by Donald Davis, traditional square dancing in
Community Square and ending with a concert in Community Square by the
Boone Towne Pickers with Jon Jon Davis.
Celebration chairman Fred Westervelt was pleased with the day, noting
that everything went well, although “The Herd” skydiving group was
canceled at the last minute because the FAA declined to give them a
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