Black Bear Festival Activities
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Festival Activities are currently being developed. Please check back often for Festival updates.
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Black Bear Guided Tours   Refuge Black Bear Tours
(registration required)
5:30 to 8:30 AM
1:45 PM to 4:45 PM

6:00 to 9:00 PM
Departs across from Police Station
132 E. Water St. Plymouth
Click here for Pricing and Registration Information
     
  Premium Private Property Bear Tour
5:30 AM to 9:30 AM
5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Safari Tour:
6:00 AM to 9:00 AM
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

(For reservations call: 252-793-6627   M-F 8 am – 5 pm EST)

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  5 K Bear Run
7:15 AM
Saturday, June 3, 2016
The "Run With The Bears 5K" will be a tour of the historical and river districts of the Washington County seat of Plymouth. Download

Click here for more information and to register.
     
  Bear Necessities Paddle
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
(registration required at www.plymouthpaddles.com)
     
  Port O' Plymouth Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
302 E Water St, Plymouth
     
  Bear-Ology - Black Bear Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
111A West Water St, Plymouth
     
  God's Creation Wildlife Museum
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
111B West Water St, Plymouth
     
  Roanoke River Lighthouse &
Maritime Museum
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
West Water St, Plymouth
  Festival Opens
9:00 AM
302 East Main St, Festival Park
     
  Fish for Fun
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Dock Behind the Port O' Plymouth Museum parking lot
     
  Classic Car Show
Registration 10:00am to 11:30am
Judging at 12:30pm

Awards at 2:30pm
Dash plaques for first 40 cars registered
Awards for: Top 20 in show, Top 1st-3rd pre 2000 and Top 1st-3rd post 2000, Top 1st-3rd bikes, Best engine, Best interior, Best custom, Best paint, Best in show and the coveted Black Bear Fest, Bear’s Choice Award!
Contact: 287-8233 to Enter
     
  Wooden Boat Show
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
West Water Street
     
Live Bears on Display Live Bears on Display
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
$2 Admission, kids 3 & Under free
At Festival Entrance on Water St.
     
  Bird Exhibit by Sylvan Heights Bird Park
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
106 West Water Street (across from the Wildlife Museum)
     
  Snake Exhibit
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
106 West Water Street (across from the Wildlife Museum)
     
  Mechanical Bear Ride
$5
9:00AM to 8:30PM
   
Digging for Fossils   Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
9:00 AM Until
Next to Port O' Plymouth Parking Lot
     
  Lazy River Tubing
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
     
  Knockerball
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Next to Port O' Plymouth Museum
Knockerball® is a single chamber inflatable sphere with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps. The experience is catapulted into rip roaring laughter, exhilarating knocks and rolls that will keep you coming back for more! "GET IN THE BALL" and see what you've been missing.
     
  Boat Rides on the River (Free)
9:00 AM to Sunset
Departs Dock Behind the Port O' Plymouth Museum
     
  Helicopter Rides
9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
There are only two ways to see and appreciate the natural beauty of the expansive Roanoke River Delta - by water or by air. At the NC Black Bear Festival it will be possible to get a "God's Eye View" of this natural wonder. There are over 50 miles of shoreline within 5 miles of Plymouth! This is the lower part of the largest intact hardwood bottomland east of the Mississippi River. For $20 you will experience a breathtaking 3 minute helicopter ride over Historic Downtown Plymouth, the Roanoke River Delta and see where is flows into the Albemarle Sound. Don't miss this amazing opportunity.

“No minimum age. Maximum of 3 passengers at a time. Total weight of 3 passengers cannot exceed 600 lbs. Maximum of 300 lbs. per seat. Accept cash, credit or debit.”
     
  Black Bear Presentation by
State Biologist

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM
1:30 PM to 2:30 MP
Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum
111A West Water Street
Colleen Olfenbuttel and Chris Turner will be our featured speakers at our festival. Colleen has served as the statewide Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) since 2007. She is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® and has been working in the wildlife profession for 20 years. During her career, she has worked on a diversity of wildlife species, including brown bears, island foxes, gray wolves, white-tailed deer, raptors, goshawks, and various furbearers (e.g., otters, bobcats, beavers). Since 1999, she has been involved in black bear research and management, including being the co-leader for the Center for Ursid Research and the Cooperative Alleghany Bear Study. Currently, she is the co-principal investigator for a 5-year urban/suburban bear study being conducted jointly by the NCWRC and NC State University.
     
  Baby Bear Dress-Up Contest
(Prior Registration Required)
10:00 AM
Dress like a bear contest for ages under 2 and 2-4
Feyer Ford Music Stage

Click here to download more information and registration form
     
  AF Wake – Wakeboarding Show
11:00 AM
2:00 PM
Roanoke River beside Festival Park
     
  Tim Horton - Dirt Lane Band
11:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  Black Bear Photography Instruction
with Mark Buckler

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bear-Ology Black Bear Museum, 111A West Water St.
Mark is a renowned photographic instructor who has been invited to teach workshops or give presentations nationwide. Mark’s highly acclaimed images have received numerous international, national, regional and local awards. He conducts photography workshops across the US each year. Mark’s highly acclaimed images have received numerous international, national, regional and local awards. His fine art prints have been featured in many exhibitions and can also be found in several galleries. Mark’s photos have appeared in dozens of magazines and other publications. He will be sharing some of his skills and knowledge about bear photography in this free seminar!
     
    Taylor Tucker
12:00 NOON to 12:15 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  Raining Mercy Band
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  Dan the Animal Man - Wildlife Educator, Animal Behaviorist, Motivational Speaker, Prestidigitator.
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Dan's compassion for sharing his gifts with others began at the age of 13 when he was given a platform to perform freelance magic at his local library in Hoopeston IL. Between academics and sports he worked with livestock such as sheep, hogs and horses as well as farmed corn and beans. Dan has met many world known celebrities, politicians, corporate executives and fans. In 2008 Dan visited with the President of the United States.
Domtar Entertainment Tent
     
  J GRUBB BAND
2:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  DICK FEYER
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  MIGHTY SAINTS of SOUL
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Feyer Ford Music Stage
     
  Fireworks - "Reflections on the Roanoke"
9:00 PM
Viewing from anywhere on the waterfront
     
 
Sponsored by
Washington County Travel & Tourism
701 Washington Street, Plymouth, NC 27962
Phone: 252.793.4804 / Fax: 252.793.3261 / GoWildNC.org