Boats go on display, in water

MOREHEAD CITY — The 6th annual Crystal Coast In-Water Boat Show continues today; it’s not too late for visitors to come see the 60 boats on display, along with arts and crafts at the ARTrageous art show going on as well.

The show, which opened to the public on Saturday, began again today at Jaycee Park and along Shepard Street at 11 a.m. and will go on until 4 p.m. About 20 boat dealers have brought vessels for show, and product and service dealers have booths set up, such as TowBoat U.S., Pullman’s Landscape Associates, Norwex and Trident Funding Corporation.

Several events are going on today at the show. At noon, the Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club will hold the regional Cornhole Tournament at Katherine Davis Park. The cost to participate is $40 per team. Hot dogs and beer will be available and live music will be played. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams, including a key to the city to the 1st place winner, to be presented by Jerry Jones, Mayor of Morehead City.

On Sixth Street, at 1:30 p.m., the boat show will host the “Hysterically Correct Pirate Show.” Flatwaters Paddling will put on demonstrations on stand up paddleboarding, yoga and kayak fishing will be presented all day at the 10th Street Beach. A food court will be held at Ninth Street and a beverage garden will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Jaycee Park. The All Night Long Jazz Band Live music will also be playing there at noon.

The Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association started the show, and continues to run it to this day. Tom Kies, DMCRA president, said Saturday as the show was getting underway that the show this year has grown since the last.

“This year, we have people calling us to get into the show,” he said. “We’ve got dealers from out of town, from all over North Carolina.”

Capt. Steve Miller, the boat show chairman and owner of Crystal Coast Boats, one of the dealers in the show, said there are more boats this year than ever before.

“The show’s reputation is growing,” he said. “I don’t have anymore space on the docks (for show boats to tie up). We had a Wilmington dealer who had people calling him from Raleigh, asking if he would be in the show.”

A new, local boat dealer is taking part in the show for the first time this year. Ken Ferguson, owner of Neptune Yacht Sales Service Inc. of Beaufort, said their Beaufort waterfront office opened on Wednesday.

“We wanted to let people know where we were and what we can do for them,” Tom Watkins, a Neptune salesman said, when asked why they joined the show. Mr. Ferguson said the set-up for the show Saturday looked good.

“It’s good to see all the boat slips full,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a good turnout. We just completed the Oriental Boat Show; we find it (taking part in shows) helps get our name out.”

One returning face to the boat show was Larry Lord, salesman with Starling Marine of Morehead City. Mr. Lord said his dealership has been taking part in the boat show for the last three years.

“We sold a couple (boats) last year that were a direct result of the show,” he said. “It beats sitting in a show room; you get to bring it (the boat) to the people instead of waiting.”

Starling Marine takes part in all the boat shows in North Carolina, according to Mr. Lord. He said the Crystal Coast show was much easier for them to get to.

“This is a low-pressure show,” he said.

Some of the visitors to the boat show Saturday were first-timers as well. Percy Smith and his wife, Almetrice, of Selma came to Morehead City for a vacation and, after hearing about the show, decided to come to it.

“It’s good,” Mr. Smith said, “I like it.”

Curry Peterson and his wife, Christine, came down to Morehead City for their anniversary getaway. Mr. Peterson said they didn’t know about the show until a friend of theirs told them.

“I like this one,” Mr. Peterson said, “Especially it being outdoors, with the boats in the water.”

Some people at the show were returning visitors. Steve Wilson of Jacksonville, along with his wife, Betty and their daughter, Ashley, said they’d been to the show once before.

“We love boats and the water,” Mr. Wilson said, “We came up to see what’s out there.”

The boat show isn’t the only attraction going on today. The 4th ARTrageous art show, hosted by the Arts Council of Carteret County, is going on at the same time.

About 45 art dealers are displaying their work today along Evans Street. Their wares include photography, paintings, pottery, jewelry and stained glass work.

Neva Scheve, owner and artist of Artography by Neva of Southern Pines and Pine Knoll Shores, is a familiar face at the art show. Mrs. Scheve said she’s been in the art show every year, and is a member of the arts council.

“I think they do a good job (with the show),” she said. I live in Moore County now, but I keep coming back (for the show).”

Mrs. Scheve’s work consists of both photography and “artography,” a term she uses to refer to photos she’s applied affects to with computer programs like Photoshop to turn them into paintings. Her husband, Tom, said his wife has won awards for her work, both in Moore County and in Morehead City.

Another event was held Saturday in addition to both the boat and the art show: the 40th Antique Car Show, held by the Antique Automobile Club of America’s Morehead City chapter. About 41 vintage cars and trucks were on display at Katherine Davis Park that day.

Mitch Pochwat of Beaufort, a retired information technician from Maryland, took part in this year’s car show. Mr. Pochwat brought his 1980 Chevrolet pickup truck.

“I’ve had it since it was new,” he said. Mr. Pochwat is a returning face to the car show, having come hear one year before. He’s taken part in three car shows so far, and Mr. Pochwat said the Morehead City show was “smaller, but not for lack of dedication.”

“It’s been a fairly good turnout this year,” he said. “We’ve had about the same as we had last year.”

Several other events were held Saturday at the boat show. For the first time at the show, the Heroes on The Water Camp Lejeune Chapter held its Armed Forces Day Paddle Race at 2 p.m. The Carteret Community Sunshine Band performed at Jaycee Park at 10:30 a.m., followed by The Loose Cannons band at noon and the Six Pack of Gentleman Band at 3 p.m.

Contact Mike Shutak at 252-726-7081 ext. 206, email; or follow on Twitter at @mikesccnt.

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