Dare Day promises all-day fun in downtown Manteo

By on May 31, 2018

Ready for a squealin’ good time? The racing pigs return to the Hogway Speedway during Saturday’s Dare Day.

People and pig races, plenty of pirates, an all-day lineup of live music, along with a cooking competition and amusement rides are all part of the 43rd annual Dare Day, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 2.

This year, Dare Day will host the GoFar Dare Day 5K and Fun Run, which starts at 8 a.m. on Ananias Dare Street, on the north side of Magnolia Pavilion.

Dare County students will complete the final leg of the school year’s running program during the event, which is open to the public. For more information about the race and to register, visit OBX Go Far.

Dare Day officially gets under way at 9 a.m., with the Blessing of the Season by Pastor Steve Wescott on the Magnolia Pavilion stage.

Graham Otten starts off the day’s entertainment with a performance on Manteo’s downtown waterfront, followed by Trinidad Ron on the steel drums. The Ramble is back again this year, with the addition of The Motley Tones, a group of singing pirates who will perform onstage and stroll through the crowds singing sea chanties and telling pirate tales.

The Breeze Band from Wilson will perform in the afternoon and Nature Out Loud will be on stage with a great show for the kids.

Ready for a squealin’ good time? The racing pigs return to the Hogway Speedway with four shows throughout the day. Specially bred and trained, these fleet-footed racing pigs bolt from the starting gate at the sound of the bell and race around an oval track with ears laid back, stubby legs churning and curly tails sailing along behind. The show includes little goats and ducks getting into the action, and is always a crowd favorite.

Captain Jim and his parrots will have their own stage for Captain Jim’s one-of-a-kind Magic Pirate show. Captain Jim is a master of trickery; your mind will freak and your belly will laugh during this unique performance for the entire family.

Sky High Skyler will be stilt-walking and juggling among the crowds; at 9-feet tall, he’s hard to miss.

The Shadow Players Stage Combat Group will perform three shows during Dare Day. (submitted photo)

The Shadow Players Stage Combat Group will perform three shows during the day, featuring ECU pirate mascot Steve Whetzel. The group portrays and recreates the Golden Age of Piracy. Their show combines comedy and hi-jinks with rousing sword-fights and educational information. What could be better than being a pirate?

108 Budleigh is the presenting sponsor for the third annual Blue-Ribbon Competition. Enter your best pie, cake, bread, cookies and canned goods for a chance to win the blue ribbon. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff is providing judges and volunteers for this event.

Entries will be accepted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, at 108 Budleigh. Visit Dare Day for complete rules and entry forms.

The Oasis Boathouse Stage has a great lineup this year, which will be kicked off by The Original Rhondels at 10:30 a.m. The Echoes Heritage will take the stage at 11:30 a.m., to continue the group’s tradition of singing at Dare Day.

At noon, the award ceremony will take place to honor the Town of Manteo and Dare County Citizen of the Year for 2018.

The Original Rhondels will be back on stage at 12:30 p.m., and the music will continue throughout the afternoon with performances by The River Boys and The Deloreans. Come dance the night away with North Tower, returning again this year from Raleigh.

Kid’s amusement rides and the train are back again this year, along with approximately 100 food and craft vendors.

For more information about Dare Day activities and the stage lineup, visit Dare Day.

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