The ‘Amped Up’ event will be held from 11 AM – 11 PM on November 3rd in Jaycee Park on the Morehead City Waterfront. The event will feature non-stop music, as well as restaurants and non-profit food vendors.
After much review and deliberation the North Carolina Seafood Festival Board of Directors made the decision to hold an outdoor event on November 3rd to benefit relief efforts for Carteret County and neighboring communities in place of having the award winning 32nd Annual Festival this year.
The Seafood Festival was postponed from its original October 5th-7th dates due to damage the area sustained from Hurricane Florence, and to give the community time to recover before holding the event.
Other reasons for the cancellation of the North Carolina Seafood Festival include, but are not limited to: Area accommodations have been damaged severely and will not see full restoration for months, therefore not supporting adequate supply for visiting guests to stay overnight.
Stephanie McIntyre, Executive Director of the festival stated “The brand of the North Carolina Seafood Festival and the magnitude of impact that it brings to the area can never be replicated with a different date. This event will have a totally different look, mission and purpose. We look forward to crafting this event for our recovering community.”
The hurricane benefit event will be held on the Morehead City working waterfront. The event will focus on hurricane relief efforts with food, music, and fun for all ages.
The organizations have chosen the Salvation Army as the recipient of designated funds raised from the event. The Salvation Army has a program within its framework that vets families in need of assistance to pay their utility bills.
During the press conference for the event Major Dewey Alderson of the Salvation Army stated “What is going to happen in another month when their utilities bill is due? You have a choice to make: do I feed my family for another month or do we pay the utility bill. That is what this money is going to do. We promise you that this money is going to be spent here on utility bills, rent, and whatever else we can do in Carteret County”.