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FESTIVAL ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
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Friday, June 3, 2022
     
All Museums are open on Friday, normal hours 10 AM to 4 PM
     
  Pontoon Boat Rides
on the River
5:00 PM  to 8:00 PM
Departs Dock Behind the
Port O' Plymouth Museum
Free, But must sign up for time.
Come early. Subject to Fillup
     
Saturday, June 4, 2022
     
  Festival Opens
10:00 AM
302 East Main St, Festival Park
     
Featured Event
Air Show:
Free Admission
Tentatively 12:30 PM to 1:15 PM
Across the River:
Skydiving Bers   Skydiving Bears
    Bandits Flight Formation Team
US Army
Golden Knights
  Tethered Hot Air
Balloon Rides
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
3-5 minute rides
Located near the Port O'Plymouth
Museum parking lot
$15 per person
  Biplane Rides
20 minutes flight over the Roanoke River Delta.
9:00 AM  Until
Cost $349 total for two people
(reservations required)
Must drive to the Plymouth Airport 1069 Plymouth Airport Road, Plymouth, NC

Register Here
 
National
Black Bear Day Celebration
All Day
Main Music Stage
 




Pick-Up Locations:
Friday Afternoon: 5:00pm
Friday Afternoon: 6:15pm
Saturday Morning: 5:30am
Saturday Morning: 6:30am
Sunday Morning: 5:30am

Departs from the Plymouth Church of Christ
905 Washington St. (Hwy 32 South)
Plymouth, NC

Pick-Up Locations:
Saturday Morning: 10:00am
Saturday Afternoon: 1:30pm
Saturday Afternoon: 5:00pm
Saturday Afternoon: 6:15pm
Departs from the Maritime Museum
204 W. Water St.
Downtown Plymouth, NC
  Refuge
Black Bear Tours


 
Bear Tours - The tour will take you on a journey on the refuge with the greatest potential for seeing the black bears that have come to call Pocosin Lakes their home, with unique opportunities to see an array of wildlife and the beauty of nature.
 
Reservations Required.
Tickets go on sale May 2nd at 9:00am
Cost $45
Register Here
 
Friday Afternoon: 5:00pm
Friday Afternoon: 6:15pm

Saturday Morning: 5:30am
Saturday Morning: 6:30am
Saturday Morning: 10:00am
Saturday Afternoon: 1:30pm
Saturday Afternoon: 5:00pm
Saturday Afternoon: 6:15pm

Sunday Morning: 5:30am
 
5K Run
with the Bears
7:30 AM
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
June 4th at 9:30am.
Hosted by Native Girl Kayaking
This will be an “up & back” paddle on Conaby Creek, departing form Bear Track Landing on East Main St. in Plymouth on Saturday, Overflowing Parking is available next door at Riverside Baptist Church. The cost is $20 if you bring your own kayak or canoe. For $50 you can rent a kayak, paddle and PFD.

Registration and payment is being handled through
Native Girl Kayaking
 
Baby Bear
Dress-Up Contest
Prior Registration Required
Download Registration Form Here
9:30 AM
Dress like a bear contest for ages under 2 and 2-4
Small Stage between
Main Music Stage and the River
     
Music Stage Schedule
     
  Spare Change
Top 40 Variety
10 AM - 12 PM
     
  Amber Babb
Ember Fire Arts
12 PM - 12:30 PM
Professional Fire Performer, born and raised in North Carolina! Specializing in fire hula hooping , fire staff, fire poi, fire breathing and fire eating!
 
    Triple Wide Band
12:30 PM - 2 PM 
 
  Amber Babb
Ember Fire Arts
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Professional Fire Performer, born and raised in North Carolina! Specializing in fire hula hooping , fire staff, fire poi, fire breathing and fire eating!
  Rhythm Express
R&B / Top 40
3 PM - 5:30 PM
  Amber Babb
Ember Fire Arts
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM
Professional Fire Performer, born and raised in North Carolina! Specializing in fire hula hooping , fire staff, fire poi, fire breathing and fire eating!
Sarah Hardison
Christian
6:30 PM - 6:55 PM
   The Original Rhondels
Beach Music / Top 40
 7 PM - 9 PM
 
 
 
     
 
  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
  Maritime Museum
Roanoke River Lighthouse
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
West Water Street
     
  Airboat Rides
11:00 AM - 5 PM
Departs Dock Behind Port O'Plymouth Museum
$30 per person
  Black Bear
Presentation by
State Biologist
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
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.
Black Bear Theater
10 AM to 5 PM
Admission $2
Location: NC Cooperative Extension Building
128 East Water St.
 
25 minute film about North Carolina’s coastal giant black bears and why we have the world’s largest black bears and highest density on the planet.
 
Special Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Brick House Landing Chapter.
  Children's Bear Train
10:00 AM - Until
$2
Catch the Train in the Festival Park
  Water Slides (Free)
Times: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Adjacent to the Bear Tunnel
    Can You Out Run
a Bear? Race
10 AM - Until
 Test Track! Whether you are 3 or 83, you can walk or run and find out if you can out run a black bear and if not, what wild animal can you out run? This is a fun, free, 40 yard dash. We will check your speed and award you with a sticker with a picture of the animal you out ran.”

Location: Sticker Station on the hill
behind the vendors.
  Ed's Dinosaurs
Live Show
10:00 AM -10:30 AM
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Under the Tent at Port O’Plymouth Museum
Parking Lot
  Joy the Clown
10 AM - 4 PM
Location: Bear Cub Entertainment Tent
Balloon twisting, face-painting and entertainment shows will take place under the Entertainment Tent
  Bear Towne Market
Open 10am – 5pm
Explore this Vendors Alley under the Pergolas on Washington Street between Main Street and the River.
  Pontoon Boat Rides
on the River
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Departs Dock Behind the
Port O' Plymouth Museum
Free, But must sign up for time.
Come early. Subject to Fillup


Download Registration Here
  Classic Car Show
Registration
10:00am to 11:30am
Judging at 1:00pm
Awards at 3:00pm
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
  Shark Tooth
Fossil Dig
10:00 AM - Sunset
Next to Port O' Plymouth Parking Lot
  Black Bear
Photography
Instruction
with Mark Buckler
11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Across the street from
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!
  Lazy River
Tubing
$5
11:00 AM - 5 PM
On dock behind Port O' PLymouth Museum
  Helicopter Rides
All Day
516 East Main St
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 shore line within 5 miles of Plymouth! This is the lower part of the largest intact hardwood bottomland east of the Mississippi River. For $40 you will experience a breath taking helicopter ride over Historic Downtown Plymouth, the Roanoke River Delta and see where it 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.”
    Foam Party - Free
Beginning at 6 PM
Followed by:
The Slime Time Final!!
Games - $2 to $5
Nominate a Target - $20
Viewing Free
Fun for the Entire Family!
Towel and/or Extra Clothes Suggested
Located West of Port O' Plymouth Museum on Water Street
  Laser and
Fireworks Show
"Reflections on the Roanoke"
9:15 PM
Viewing from anywhere on the waterfront
Sunday, June 5, 2022
 
  NC Black Bear
Bass Tournament
For the 4th year, the Eastern NC Bass Challenge will be the official bass tournament of the North Carolina Bear Fest which takes place in Plymouth, NC. This event will take place on Sunday, June 5. Registration and check-in will begin at 4:30 am and last until 5:45 am.