For the past decade, Downtown Morehead City, Inc. has partnered with vendors, nonprofits and boat dealers to celebrate something that is a major part of our lives – boating and fishing. Living on the Crystal Coast, some of our fondest memories are on or along the waterfront, and the annual Crystal Coast Boat Show has become a reminder of this. For two days, Saturday and Sunday, May 19-20, boating and fishing enthusiasts and their families have a chance to stop by and learn about the latest in boating, while taking time to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer.
The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land, showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free Those who enjoy the annual venture will be pleased to see the return of some the traditional events, including the Sunshine Band’s kick-off celebration in Jaycee Park and the Morehead City Chapter, Antique Automobile Club of America’s 45th annual classic car show.
New events and activities are also slated on the agenda, including The Great Crystal Coast Cardboard Boat Race and seminars that focus on fly fishing and boat maintenance. Sea Tow will host a scavenger hunt for kids focusing on boat safety and marine life education, a corn hole tournament will benefit the Salvation Army and free sailboat rides will be offered by Sail Carteret.
“Year after year we take pride in producing this free event that is educational and enjoyable for families in our area,” said Capt. Steve Miller, chairman of the Boat Show Committee. "We have become one of the largest saltwater boat shows in the eastern part of the state. At last year’s show, dealers were selling boats on set up day as soon as they pulled them into their spaces. Each year this boat show continues to attract people in the market for buying the boat of their dreams."
The downtown Morehead City area sets a perfect backdrop, providing restaurants and shops to visit. This year downtown Morehead City has seen wonderful additions and changes and still boasts the establishments everyone knows and loves.
"We are so excited to present to the community a variety of events throughout the weekend, all celebrating some of the most vital industries to our Morehead City community," said Lisa Rueh, executive director of Downtown Morehead City, Inc. "This event wouldn't be possible without our wonderful partners and sponsors. We welcome the community to enjoy all of the activities and invite them to enjoy all that downtown Morehead City has to offer."