Black Bear Festival Activities
Saturday, June 1, 2019
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National Black Bear Day Celebration
11 AM
Feyer Ford Music Stage

Be a part of history as we comemorate the first National Black Bear Day that was created in Plymouth and will be always be held on the first Saturday in June in conjunction with our event.

  Refuge Black Bear Tours

Departs across from Police Station
132 E. Water St. Plymouth
  Neil Jernigan Professional Photographer
5:00 AM - 8:30 AM Tour
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Tour
$50 per person
(12 person limit per tour)

Join Neil as he takes you to the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge to learn about photographing bears in the wild.

He will be driving the Baptist Church Passenger Van that departs accross from the Plymouth Police Station, 132 E. Water St.

Registration: Online registration is closed. After Friday, 3 PM you must sign up and make your payment in person at the Bearfest Information Tent.
  5 K Run with the Bears
7:30 AM
Saturday, June 1, 2019
The "Run With The Bears 5K" will be a tour of the historical and river districts of the Washington County seat of Plymouth.
Click here to register

  Bear Necessities Paddle
8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Online Registration is closed
Motorcycle Poker Run
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
First Christian Church
509 E. Main St.

  Port O' Plymouth Museum
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
302 E Water St, Plymouth
  Bear-Ology - Black Bear Museum
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
111A West Water St, Plymouth
  God's Creation Wildlife Museum
10:00 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
10:00 AM
302 East Main St, Festival Park
  Fish for Fun (Free)
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
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
West Water Street
  Dakota & Friends Dinosaur Experience
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Dakota & Friends brings the dinosaurs that we love so much to all the kids who want to see them
  Mechanical Bear Ride
10:00AM to 8:30PM
Digging for Fossils   Shark Tooth Fossil Dig
10:00 AM Until
Next to Port O' Plymouth Parking Lot
  Lazy River Tubing
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $5
Wildlife Boat Ramp next to Lighthouse
  Pontoon Boat Rides on the River
10:00 AM to Sunset
Departs Dock Behind the Port O' Plymouth Museum
  Helicopter Rides
10:00 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
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

    Black Bear Tent Theater
10 AM to 5 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Church of Christ Music Stage
  Live Music
  The Embers
Saturday from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Embers are widely considered a musical MARVEL and have laid the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginias, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are honored to carry the moniker of North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music.
  Black Bear Photography Instruction
with Mark Buckler

NOON to 1:00 PM
3:00 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!
  Airboat Rides
Noon to 4 PM
  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 /