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Saturday, June 4, 2022 NC Black Bear Festival
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2022 Festival
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News Flash: Tom Harrison named “Director of the Year” by the NCAF&E!
The NC Black Bear Festival Director, Tom Harrison, was once again honored to be named “Director of the Year” from the NC Association of Festivals & Events (NCAF&E) at their annual convention in Charlotte January 31, 2022 for his tireless efforts in planning and executing the award-winning NC Black Bear Festival! This is the 3rd time he was given this award by this prestigious association since 2018. Harrison was also named “Director of the Year” by the Southeast Festival and Events Assoc. in 2019. It is remarkable recognition over a short period of time! Harrison is always using his creativity to grow and enhance Bear Fest. This year will be like nothing we have ever seen before with a not-to-b-missed B’Air Show!!! What will Tom Harrison think of next?!
Welcome to the NC Black Bear Festival website! It is our goal to inspire you. Come learn and have fun through our educational, whimsical, entertaining and diverse event. With our location on the banks of the Roanoke River, Bear Fest is part river festival and part bear festival with over 30 ever-changing activities each year.

Our mission is to celebrate the fact that Eastern North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears and the highest black bear densities - and to educate people about these magnificent animals.

The NC Black Bear Festival has won more major awards since its existence than has ever been done before in our State. We are humbled by the prestigious recognition we have received in such a short period of time from our peers in the festival & events industry.

From BBQ, to various fruits, seafood, music and more, there are over 170 festivals in North Carolina that are members of the NC Assoc. of Festival & Events who are committed to celebrating everything that is good in North Carolina. We are just one example.

We hope you will enjoy perusing our website and you will make plans to join us for the next award-winning NC Black Bear Festival. It all takes place here in Bear-olina® on the first weekend in June each year. This is “where traffic ends and adventure begins!”
Our Sponsors
Washington County TDA  Domtar  Lee Electrical 
Lake Phelps Grain  Weyerhaeuser  WITN 
  Town of Plymouth   
Diversified Wood Products  Feyer Ford  Earps Dentistry 
Parish Avaition  Poacher's Strike Force  Richard West Company
  US Cellular  
Beaufort Community College
Mackey's Ferry Peanuts
Mama's Pizza
Martin General Hospital
Republic Services
Tideland EMC
Woodmen of the World