Three days of fun at Dare Days 2022

Published 8:53 pm Saturday, June 11, 2022

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Local residents and visitors enjoyed a three-day celebration in Manteo for this year’s Dare Days event. After a two-year hiatus because of COVID-19, people were ready to get outside and enjoy the warm days with friends, family and neighbors.

Dare Days 2022 kicked off Friday night, June 3 at the new College of The Albemarle’s campus. Guests enjoyed food, activities and live music by Blue Crab Boys and Trick Fly. As the rain came down into the evening, the deck of COA’s large new academic building was full of guests taking cover from the weather to continue enjoying the evening and the music.

Saturday’s events were held at Roanoke Island Festival Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Several dozen vendors set up booths of handmade wares and food was available from the Lions Club and a variety of specialty food trucks. Families enjoyed a game of cornhole, people tested their strength at the Ring the Bell game and young people played soccer or a game of hoops at the inflatables.

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“I love Dare Days because it reminds me what an awesome community we have! I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with our neighbors and welcome visitors in such a beautiful place,” said Manteo resident Dana Lisenby.

There were performances on stage throughout the day, including East Coast Storm Cheer, Steel Drums, First Flight High School, Island School of Dance, Motley Tones, stage combat shows from Shadow Players and a demonstration from K-9 Officer Boscoe.

Some visitors strolled through quickly; others brought lawn chairs and made a day of it. Warm weather and a light breeze made it an ideal community celebration day.

The weekends’ festivities wrapped up on Sunday afternoon at the Pea Island Cookhouse on Sir Walter Raleigh Street with a gospel concert, sweets made by local churches and an old-fashioned lemonade stand.