Food, Fun & Rides-Carnival Comes to Outer Banks

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The carnival has come and gone. Really a shame because it was great fair—small but filled with fun things to do. And cotton candy, corndogs, hotdogs and hamburgers. And basketball hoops that always seem to be just a little bit smaller than the standard size.

Taking place at the Nags Head Evnet site and sponsored by Children and Youth Partnership of Dare (CYP), according to Executive Director Nancy Griffin, this one almost got away—that the opportunity came up about three months ago unexpectedly. Somehow the organization managed to pull it off, and the result has been four marvelous days for families. OK . . . four marvelous days for kids and the parents just sort of tag along, but there is something special in seeing a child’s face light up when they come off a ride.

The weather really cooperated as well. A bit hot today and it did get rained out toward the end, but there was a good breeze off the Roanoke Sound for all the days—and it was an evening event so the temperatures weren’t too bad.

Even though CYP was not able to get the word out as well as they had hoped, somehow, a few thousand people heard about it every night and the parking lot was filled with Outer Banks license plates–easy to tell, they’re the ones with “OBX” on them, a lot from Virginia and good sized smattering of visitors from other states.

The folks at CYP are already planning on brining the Carnival back next year, so we’ll look for a bigger and even better event next June.

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Time to Climb-NPS Opens Outer Banks Lighthouses

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.

Now that the weather is getting better, it’s time to think about the view from the top—in this case the top of Outer Banks lighthouses. The two lighthouses that are part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore are ready for climbing.

Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses are extraordinary structures; Cape Hatteras in Buxton, opened in 1870 is 193’ tall and is the tallest brick lighthouse on the East Coast. Forty-three miles north is its close cousin, Bodie Island Lighthouse. Dedicated in 1872 and 170’, it was patterned after the Hatteras Lighthouse using many leftover materials with the same contractor building it.

The view from both lighthouses is absolutely breathtaking. The world seems to fall away, running out to distant horizons. At the foot of Hatteras Lighthouse is Buxton Woods, running off to the south.

Bodie Island Lighthouse rises above the marsh and wetlands of South Nags Head. Looking south and east Oregon Inlet is clearly visible.

The climb to the top can be somewhat strenuous—narrow, twisting metal stairs and very little ventilation can get things pretty warm, especially in the summer. But whatever the effort—that view from the top makes the journey with while.

Lighthouses are available for climbing from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. There is a fee, age, weight and height requirements so check with the National Park Service for more information.

Jockey’s Ridge-Kite Flyers Dream & More

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The sun has come back to the Outer Banks; we’re getting some nice breezes from the south, which is what is expected as the weather turns to spring and summer. We had a couple of rugged days in there, but spring is always like that as the atmosphere makes up its mind about what the season is going to be.

Kites are starting to pop up again on Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head—a sure sign that more pleasant days are here.

In a landscape filled with symbols of the beach life, Jockeys Ridge seems to have taken its place an icon that people look to and remember. With over 1,000,000 visitors every year, it stands to reason that visitors and locals see the massive dune structure as a symbol of the Outer Banks.

It was almost destroyed.

Back in the early 1970s developers were ready to level Jockeys Ridge and build vacation homes. In fact, the bulldozers were ready to move when Carol Lista (there’s road named after her in Nags Head) stood in front of the ‘dozers and refused to move.

Her actions inspired others and from that People to Preserve Jockey’s Ridge was formed. Some intense lobbying and excellent marketing followed and in 1975 Jockey’s Ridge State Park was established.

People to Preserve Jockey’s Ridge eventually became Friends of Jockey’s Ridge and nonprofit organization that continues to advocate for and support the park. Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates is a proud sponsor of the organization.

There is nothing like Jockey’s Ridge anywhere. It is a living dune—meaning the sands are in constant motion, changing the shape and landscape throughout the year. The highest sand dune on the East Coast, it is home to the Kitty Hawk Kites hang gliding school and may be the finest place in the world to fly a kite.

OBX Beach Nourishment a Go for 2017

Kitty Hawk Beach during a storm. Kitty Hawk is particularly vulnerable to ocean encroachment.
Kitty Hawk Beach during a storm. Kitty Hawk is particularly vulnerable to ocean encroachment.

Beach nourishment is back on track and will begin in the spring of 2017. Originally scheduled to begin for the towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills in April of this year, initial bids were $4 million over estimates and were rejected.

A number of officials expressed the view that the dredging companies qualified to handle the task were tied up with a major project on the Mississippi River this year and did not feel an urgency to place competitive bids.

It would appear as though that was the case. The winning bid from Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was $4.9 million less than the $43 million set aside for the project. Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company was the company that handled the Nags Head project in 2011.

Beach nourishment is being funded through an intralocal agreement requiring the towns to pay 40% of the cost and the county picking up the rest of the tab. The towns have created Municipal Service Districts (MSD) with properties closest to the beach paying additional property tax.

In Dare County, the Nags Head was the pioneer in beach nourishment. Although there have been some issues with sand encroaching on properties, there has been no property damage caused by ocean overwash since the town’s project was completed in 2011.

If all goes as planned nourishment will begin in April of 2017.

Anticipated Project Schedule Provided by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company:

Town of Duck

Start Date: April 1, 2017

End Date: June 1, 2017

Town of Kitty Hawk

Start Date: June 1, 2017

End Date: August 20, 2017

Town of Kill Devil Hill

Start Date: August 20, 2017

End Date: October 10, 2017

2016 BBQ & Wings Showdown Culinary Magic

Serving bbq and ribs at Sooey's.
Serving bbq, ribs, and wings at Sooey’s.

There is a lot to like and not a thing to dislike about the Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates BBQ & Wings Showdown. The concept is simple—invite 16 Outer Banks restaurants to whip up their finest barbecue, ribs and chicken wing recipes and throw in some great music from Jonny Waters & Company.

It also helps to move the event from the parking lot at Sea Ranch Resort to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head, include some great weather and, Voila (!)—a perfect way to spend a few hours on a Friday afternoon.

Part of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, the BBQ & Wings Showdown really stepped it up a notch this year. More great food to sample and a larger space with plenty of parking all added up to a fantastic experience.

If there is a complaint it is that even a nibble of food samples from 16 booths is enough to add 12 pounds of weight in three hours; nonetheless, the effort had to be made.

The results are in, and like anything having to do with taste, it is a bit subjective, but it’s tough to disagree with anything on the list.

There’s not enough space to review everything we tried, but there’s no disagreement here for the People’s Choice award for best ribs—incredibly meaty, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

Judges Awards:

Best BBQ – High Cotton

Best Ribs – TIE – Jolly Roger and Sooey’s BBQ

Best Wings – Jolly Roger

People’s Choice:

Best BBQ – High Cotton

Best Ribs – Aqua Restaurant

Best Wings – Lucky 12 Tavern

Participating Restaurants

AQUA: BBQ & Ribs

Lucky 12: BBQ, Ribs & Wings

Roadside Grill: BBQ

The Blue Point: Ribs & Wings

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar: BBQ

Café Pamlico: BBQ & Wings

Beachside Bistro: BBQ

SaltyDawg Smokehouse: BBQ, Ribs & Wings

Sooey’s BBQ: BBQ, Ribs & Wings

High Cotton: BBQ & Wings

Pigman’s Barbeque: BBQ, Ribs & Wings

Cravings: Wings

Chilli Peppers Coast Grill: Wings

Jolly Roger: Ribs & Wings

Frogman’s Barbecue: BBQ

Outback Steakhouse: Ribs

Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade-An OBX Tradition

The giant crab from Jennette's Pier.
The giant crab from Jennette’s Pier.

The 27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade did not disappoint. Of course, Mike Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration never seems to disappoint.

In so many ways it’s the epitome of Outer Banks entertainment . . . a little bit whack, a lot of fun, but very much designed as something the whole family can enjoy.

There is always the question, of course, just what is the best part of the parade and that is such a subjective question that there is no way to answer it.

For sheer shock value there is the giant crab sitting atop the Jennette’s Pier

vehicle. Giant can mean different things to different people, but when a crab is so large it blots out the sun, that is huge.

The giant crab was not the only memorable moment from the parade. The kids from Dare County Parks and Rec really seemed to be enjoying themselves. It’s hard to tell how the dogs felt about the whole dressing up idea, but there’s something about a dog wearing the latest in St. Patrick’s Day fashion that brings a smile.

If there is a theme to the parade it seems to be, “Be yourself,” so an occasional politician rides by waving to the crowd, but there are also statements on issues that concern Outer Banks residents. Not the Answer NC, a local group that opposes offshore drilling, had a strong showing with lots of kids as well as adults holding signs as they walked the parade route.

The Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become the kickoff for the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach, which begins on Thursday. Don’t forget the Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates Barbecue and Wings Showdown is this Friday at the Nags Head Event Site.

Joe Lamb, Jr. BBQ & Wings Showdown Coming Soon

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Improved, expanded and even better than ever, the 2016 version of our Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown promises to be the best one yet. So mark your calendars now for Friday, March 18 and plan on being there.

The event has been growing in popularity since we first introduced it four years ago as part of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach and it’s gotten so big that we just couldn’t fit all the chef, restaurants, barbecue and wings into our old location at the Sea Ranch Resort.

So we teamed up with the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and moved the event to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. Way more room, the setting is beautiful and we’re looking forward to a great time and very full bellies.

The BBQ & Wings Showdown is part of the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach—a four day celebration of the food and culture of the Outer Banks. The dates are March 17-20 and with events happening from Corolla to Manteo, it’s as much a culinary exploration of excellence and creativity as it is a tour of the Outer Banks.

The Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is a must see springtime event. Beg, borrow or steal the time off, give us a call here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. and we’ll help you find a place to stay and enjoy one of the best events of the year.

Winter on the OBX-Still Lots to Do

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Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean the Outer Banks has ceased to exist. For a lot of people, winter is the best time of the year to be here—it’s uncrowded, the pace of life has slowed down, a walk on the beach is a great time to spend time with just yourself or someone special. Other than an occasional dog romping in the surf with an owner nearby, there are not too many people walking along the ocean.

Of course it can get a little chilly—it is still winter after all. An amazing winter day today with temperatures in the upper 60s but that will probably change by the end of the week.

But if things have slowed down, there are still some great things to do. To help with that decision making process, we’ve highlighted a couple of upcoming events.

A suggestion: the week of March 13-20 would great time to be on the Outer Banks Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicking things off on Sunday, March 13 and the week wrapping up with the Outer Banks Taste of the Beach.

Call us here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates. and let us find you a place to stay.

Outer Banks Signature Chef’s Auction– The Purple Party 15th Anniversary

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FEB 28

Hilton Garden Inn

Phone: 252-573-9035

Email: SBAKER@MARCHOFDIMES.ORG\

11 of the BEST Chefs, Live and Silent Auction, Fine Wines, Craft Brews, Live Music- Black Tie event. We are celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Outer Banks Signature Chefs Event. Reserved Seating. Space is Limited

History of Surfing

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Jennette’s Pier

Phone: 252-255-2501

The North Carolina Maritime Museums & Jennette’s Pier will host an evening program on the history of surfing in North Carolina.There will be several presentations & video footage that helps tell the story of wave riding, board shaping & why NC’s coast is an East Coast surfing destination.

27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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MAR 13

Nags Head

Parade starts at 1 pm at MP 11.5, at the intersection of Bladen St. and Virginia Dare Trail (Beach Road) and continues north to Driftwood St. Free Parade celebration at Kelly’s with entertainment, awards and free hot dogs for all till they’re gone!

OBX Taste of the Beach

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MAR 17-MAR 20

4 Days of Food, Drink and Fun. A fantastic way to sample the fare of many fine restaurants on the Outer Banks in one fun-filled, food-centric weekend! Casual chefs to full-on foodie fanatics will revel in innovative culinary opportunities offered up by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association. Over 50 events over four days at nearly 40 different venues.

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Joe Lamb Jr. Outer Banks BBQ & Wings Showdown

MAR 18

Soundside Event Site, Nags Head, NC 27959

Enjoy tasting and voting for your favorite Outer Banks BBQ and Wings from 15 of the areas best eateries! From traditional pulled pork and tender fall-off-the-bone ribs, to delicious saucy hot chicken wings! There is something for every carnivore at this 4th annual event. Presented to you with the support of Joe lamb Jr. Realty and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, the event is newly located at The Soundside event site in Nags Head, which will provide a great outdoor (tented) park-like experience for up to 750 attendees AND allow onsite parking. There will be great live music too by Jonny Waters & Company.

Looking Forward to Spring OBX Events

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Now that we’re halfway through the month of February, it’s time to start looking forward to some of the springtime events coming up on the Outer Banks.

The big springtime event is the Taste of the Beach, which, with restaurants from Corolla to Manteo participating, is as much an exploration of the area as it is a culinary delight. Scheduled from Thursday March 17-Sunday March 20, this is one to put on the calendar.

Of course for us here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates & Associates, the highlight has got to be the Outer Banks BBQ & Wing Showdown. We’ve been the sponsor of this event of a number of years, we always have a blast with it, the food is amazing, and the fun over the top.

Even better this year, the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau is co-sponsoring with us and we get to use the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head which allows us to have even more people on had to sample wings and barbecue and vote for their favorite.

We also have the perfect way to kick off the week. Be here Sunday March 13 for the 27th Annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A mile long parade on the Beach Road in Nags Head, it may be the whackiest most fun parade ever to grace the streets of the Outer Banks.

Dark and Stormy Night Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday

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Will the knowledge of veteran QB Peyton Manning prevail over the skill and athleticism of Panther’s QB Cam Newton? The OBX gathers and waits.

“It was a dark and stormy night . . .” pretty much describes the Outer Banks weather this Superbowl Sunday. Actually the following phrase of Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s line—the author of that phrase—seems apt as well. “. . . except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind. . . “

In short, a perfect night to watch the Superbowl.

More evidence of just how it’s a great day to be inside. Here are two surf reports from

OBXSurf.com—one of the best surf forecasting sites.

“ . . . your Kitty Hawk surf report. Cold and windy this morning. Surf in the 3-4 ft range with unorganized conditions. North winds at 20 forecasted to reach 40-50 later this evening. Perfect day to stay inside and enjoy the super bowl.”

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Nags Head: “Unsurfable today. We are expecting a coastal storm to blow out of the North anywhere from 30-potentially 60mph … plus rain. There is also a coastal flood warning in areas North of Cape Hatteras today. . . It’s recommended to secure loose items around the house and keep an eye on the sound side water levels. . . Sounds like a perfect day to stay inside and enjoy the Superbowl.”

All things considered, the best place to be today is with friends, family or at local sports bar, enjoying what has become a wonderful part of 21st century America.

Being from North Carolina, it seems natural that we would favor the Panthers. However, there are so many transplants on the Outer Banks that we’re being very careful about taking sides.