September 23, 2013
Brief downpour doesn’t faze crowd at ninth
annual Day at the Docks….WITH SLIDE SHOW
By LARA RIZZUTI
ninth annual Day at the Docks kicked off with a bit of rain on Saturday
morning-, Sept. 21, but the skies quickly cleared and the crowds
enjoyed wonderful weather for the rest of the day.
control the rain,” said Jon Kelmer, who organized the event for the
first time this year. “But everything I could delegate went off
without a hitch and everybody seems to be enjoying themselves.”
brief downpour did not damper enthusiasm or turnout for the event,
which Lynne Foster, who started the event, said she thought was the
largest crowd yet. The Hatteras village working waterfront
was packed all day long with visitors and island families as they
listened to live music, watched cooking demonstrations, enjoyed local
cuisine, and reveled in the “spirit of Hatteras.”
official welcome from county commissioner Allen Burrus, local musicians
Clifford Swain, Herb Price, and Kalman Gancsos took the main stage at
11 a.m. to entertain folks as they set out to explore the many
festivities along the waterfront.
Festivalgoers flocked to the
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation chowder cook-off in which 10 local
restaurants presented their best seafood chowders for
After sampling each of the
chowders, guests voted for their favorite traditional Hatteras-style
clam chowder and for the best overall chowder.
three-hour-long showdown, Hatteras Sol won the title of best overall
chowder with a creamy seafood soup, and Dinky’s Caribbean fish chowder
placed second. Cap’n Rolo’s won first place for their traditional
The Children’s Fishing Tournament also drew a
large crowd, with 108 competitors lining the dock around Hatteras
Harbor Marina hoping to catch the winning fish.
by popular demand, the seafood throwdown was the last big event this
year in which Steve Whitley and Ben McNamara from Rusty’s Surf and Turf
in Buxton battled against Michael Jenkins and Adam Tyndall from The Mad
Crabber Restaurant in Avon.
The teams had only one hour to plan
and prepare a comprehensive dish using a mystery seafood ingredient
that was to be judged on its taste, presentation, use of the whole
animal, and originality.
As Jeffrey Aiken of Jeffrey’s Seafood
in Hatteras, pulled the mystery ingredient out of a cooler--a 42-inch
glimmering fish resembling a Spanish mackerel -- many observers looked
on with confusion. The chefs were tasked with ribbonfish, Aiken
explained, because 50,000 pounds of it has been shipped off Hatteras
Island this year, but is rarely prepared locally.
contestants quickly shopped in the pantry for fresh vegetables, and
once the timer began, went to work filleting their ribbonfish.
the hour, the chefs presented their dishes to the panel of three
judges, who then deliberated and determined the winning restaurant to
be Rusty’s Surf and Turf.
Following the awards ceremony, the
crowd walked to Hatteras Harbor to await the final and most touching
event -- the blessing of the fleet.
participated in the Parade of Work Boats into the harbor, led by Capt.
Ernie Foster on the Albatross, built for his father in 1937 and the
oldest working boat in the fleet.
On the Albatross with Capt.
Ernie and his wife, Lynne, were the Rev. Dwight Burrus and Pastor Roy
of the Hatteras Assembly of God.
The Community Choir sang as the boats paraded into the harbor and took their places around Hatteras Harbor Marina.
The blessing then proceeded over the marine radio that could be heard loud and clear by those on the shore.
David Wilson gave the opening prayer, a prayer he gives each morning as
the boats head out for their day of fishing. Dwight Burrus spoke,
followed by commercial fisherman Bob McBride.
Eph O’Neal was introduced as the community’s oldest working waterman, and then Pastor Roy blessed the fleet.
wreath to commemorate the watermen who have died was carried out of the
harbor by Michael Peele in his historic shad boat and was released in
the Pamlico Sound as darkness fell.
“Who fishes matters.”
three words, emblazoned on a shirt worn by Brett Tolley of the
Northwest Marine Alliance, encompass the focus and goal of Day at the
Docks, a celebration to honor the waterman and the fishing heritage
that continues to anchor this community.
CLICK HERE to see list of winners in the Children's Fishing Tournament.
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