A waterman. Photo courtesy of the Ocracoke Working Watermen’s Association.

The Ocracoke Preservation Society will celebrate the island’s tradition of working on the water with the First Annual Ocracoke Working Waterman’s Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, on the grounds of the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum.

Since the first inhabitants of the island, Ocracokers have made their living on the water, from piloting ships through the treacherous Ocracoke Inlet, to fishing, crabbing, clamming, oyster harvesting, duck hunting, and decoy carving, all of which continue today, handed down through the generations.

The festival will celebrate these traditions with booths and exhibits with the watermen themselves, porch talks throughout the day highlighting each tradition, a traditional Ocracoke fish fry, T-shirts, posters and a silent auction, in addition to many other activities.

Booth and exhibit inquiries are being accepted.

For more information, contact Andrea Powers at 252-928-7375 or admin@ocracokepreservation.org.

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