Dare Day returns for another year, town says it will remain tradition

Dylan Berry, Staff Writer

The 41st Dare Day Festival occurred at Manteo’s waterfront Saturday, June 4. With arts, crafts, and entertainment, this event had something for every family member to enjoy.

This event came after speculation that last year’s Dare Day would be the last. This year’s event was sponsored by the town of Manteo.

“I am glad that we still had Dare Day because it is something that we have had every year and summer just wouldn’t be the same without Dare Day,” sophomore Brittany Farence said.

According to The Town of Manteo, they decided to keep Dare Day going because it has been a tradition for years and it is a great way to bring the community together. It is also a great time for families to come out and explore all the different vendors and listen to great music.

The food booths included seafood, barbecue, burgers, shaved ice, lemonade, kettle corn and funnel cakes.

The Kid Zone returned with some fun new activities. Kids were able to get their face painted and there was also a petting zoo, spacewalk and many games.

The Blue Ribbon Tent was a new addition this year. This event encouraged competition with participants making their own jellies, jams, homemade fruit pies, breads, cakes and cookies.

The Rain Gutter Regatta, which was sponsored by East Coast Sailboats, was at the boathouse for kids ages 3-11. The top three winners in each age group were given medals for their great racing skills. A shad boat ride was also available throughout the day.

Also new this year was a night time concert at the Boathouse stage, featuring The Original Rhondels.

Dare Day has been a tradition for many years now and the hope is will continue to be one for many more to come.

“I’m glad that Dare Day will continue and that the town of Manteo took over because Dare Day is a big community gathering where everyone’s together in one place,” sophomore Lauren Price said. “Also it is the one day a year where teenagers can jump off the bridge without a care in the world.”