Dare Dare is one of those all-American celebrations that helps to make the Outer Banks such wonderful place to live and visit.
We just had our 44th Annual Dare Dare on the waterfront in Manteo on Saturday, and this years event was as good as it ever was.
The weather certainly helped. A front passed through Friday night and the it cooled things down wonderfully. Dried it out to and left a nice breeze and bright sunshine.
But what makes Dare Day so special is how perfect it is for families. The music is very family friendly with the Original Rhondels headlining this year, bringing their blend of nostalgia, innocence and tight arrangements to the stage. There are all sorts of craft booths lining Queen Elizabeth Avenue. Food trucks and galore. It is very much a street fare.
For the past few years there has been a real emphasis on a pirate theme, and this year was no exception...and kids love it.
Captain Jim and his Magic Pirate Show was on hand. But the personal favorite were the Motley Tones, singing pirates who roamed the roamed the streets accosting fare goers with song.
There was also the blue-ribbon awards handed out to the best homemade pies, canned goods, cakes, jams and jellies. We haven't seen the final list yet, but it all goes into what makes the day so special.
A nice and very well-deserved surprise from the Manteo. The town designated Jamie Anderson, the proprietor of Downtown Books as Town of the "Manteo 2019 Small Business of the Year:" This was the inaugural award and it would be hard to imagine anyone more deserving than Jamie who has worked tirelessly to make the town's waterfront the place to be.
We're really getting into summer time now, so we hope you've made your reservations with Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates so you can relax and enjoy your visit.