The year 2020 is in the bag and many have been looking forward to 2021.
Ocracoke was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as was the rest of the world. Just as the island was beginning to climb out of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian and open up for spring visitors, the pandemic shut down the state.
The island was quiet until mid-May when visitors were again allowed back. Businesses adapted to the new rules of social distancing and mask-wearing.
And although since then the island has seen a crush of visitors through Thanksgiving weekend, typical island events were canceled due to pandemic restrictions.
Among those canceled events are the Ocracoke Invitational Fishing Tournament, the Waterfowl Festival, the OVFD Firemen’s Ball, the Ocrafolk Festival, WOVV Women’s Arm Wrestling, July 4 activities, Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree, the Latino Festival and the Oyster Roast. They and we hope many of these events will return this year and will update our Events page as needed.
Nevertheless, Ocracoke carried on in a quieter mode, and we bring you a look back at some of the highlights in photos.