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The Crystal Coast Boat Show, set to take over the downtown Morehead City waterfront May 21-22, is shaping up to have more boats, vendors, artists, vintage automobiles and entertainment than ever before.

“We’re becoming one of the biggest boat shows in this part of the state,” said Capt. Steve Miller, chairman of the Boat Show committee. “Before the end of last year’s show, dealers and vendors were signing up for 2016. We already have more boats in the water than we’ve ever had before and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the same with the boats on land.”

The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats, in-water and on land, as well as a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, outfitters, brokers, fishing clubs and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free and open to the public from 9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm on Sunday.

New this year, fishing seminars will be presented by Coastal Carolina Fisherman eMagazine on a variety of topics. And at the 10th Street beach, Sail Carteret, a new nonprofit organization, will be holding sailing races and offering free rides.

In addition, plans are underway for a bigger and better ARTrageous art event held all weekend on the waterfront in conjunction with the Arts Council of Carteret County. At the art event, children’s activities are planned throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, May 21, the Morehead City Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America will hold its 43rd annual car show at Katherine Davis Park featuring vintage vehicles that are no less than 25 years old. On Sunday, May 22, the park will host the Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club’s regional Cornhole Tournament starting at 12:30pm. Burgers, hot dogs and cold beer will be available. To register, email

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