April 13, 2017

Contact: John Butler Chief Operations Officer




Washington NC To Host All Things Nautical

2017 Marine Market Scheduled for April 29th


WASHINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA — Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) will be hosting the annual Marine Market on April 29, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Presented by Park Boat Company & Powersports, the Market features a wide variety of nautical and marine-related products and services from the region’s top commercial vendors, boat manufacturers and sellers, and a “swap meet- style” area for the public to sell their maritime, fishing, and watersports wares and crafts.


“If you love life on the water the Marine Market is for you,” said John Butler, WHDA chief operations officer. “Whether you’ve got a garage full of nautical and fishing gear you need to unload, looking to find someone to work on your boat, or want to check out the latest cool boats and products on the market, you’ll find it at the Marine Market.”


Commercial, flea, and food vendor spaces can still be reserved by calling 252-947-1487.


In addition to the commercial, flea, and food vendors, demonstrations and exhibits from the Historic Port of Washington Museum and U.S. Coast Guard will be featured. From steam engine demonstrations and waterfront historic tours to vessel tours of a handcrafted 24’ wooden Sharpie and USCG 45’ Fast Response Boat, the Marine Market offers a number of educational experiences for those wanting to learn more about Washington’s rich maritime history.


NCWorks, Beaufort County’s employment resource agency, will be hosting a Marine Job Fair at the Washington-Beaufort Chamber of Commerce featuring boat manufacturers looking for employees. Job experts will be available to assist with resume development and even coordinate onsite interviews with the manufacturers. “Many of our region’s boat manufacturers are hiring,” said Darone Dancy, NCWorks Career Center Manager. “Beaufort County is known for its local talent, craftsmen, and boat-building enterprises. We want to bring together the people with skills to the businesses that need them.”


In addition to the weekly Farmers & Artisans Market and City of Washington “Shred Day,” the Marine Market coincides with the Beaufort County (BOCO) Traditional Music Festival offering Bluegrass, Country and Blues, Ole Time music, Folk songs, and some fine picking for visitors to enjoy at the nearby Arts of the Pamlico Turnage Theater on Main Street. Interested musicians are invited to bring their instruments and join the jams. “Pop-up” performances are planned throughout the day at the Market.


Local shops and restaurants in Washington’s Harbor District will be open offering visitors the perfect day of eating, shopping, and playing!





NOTE TO REPORTERS/EDITORS: Press is invited to attend the 2017 Harbor District Marine Market. Please register in advance by contacting John Butler at 252-947-2530 or Downloadable related high-resolution art available here.



Washington Harbor District Alliance is an organization of businesses and community members working to renew, restore, rebuild, and revitalize the downtown business district; improve economic conditions; encourage tourism; and preserve historical buildings and their significance in Washington, NC. Contact John Butler at 252-947-1487 or visit



Historic Port of Washington Museum Project is a program undertaken by a group of dedicated volunteers that wish to preserve and call attention to the rich maritime history of Washington, NC. The Historic Port of Washington Museum Project brings awareness to the public through the use of exhibits, historic walking tours, lectures, and electronic media of the significance of Washington, NC as a vibrant maritime port and center of commerce for the State of North Carolina. Contact Rick Zablocki at 252- 945-4472 or visit



Beaufort County Traditional Music Association was conceived as a grassroots effort to promote the performance and enjoyment of traditional music in the Beaufort County community. Thanks to the assistance and oversight of Arts of the Pamlico, the BCTMA has grown into an active group of musicians and supporters dedicated to nurturing and sharing their love of traditional music. Contact Linda Boyer at 252-943-4842 or visit



NCWorks Career Center provides business and professional services through the NC Career Resource Network and workforce development professionals statewide. Contact Darone Dancy at 252-946-3116 ext. 2816 or visit


The Washington Tourism Development Authority (WTDA) operates a Visitors Center on the Washington waterfront. To plan a trip to Washington, NC or obtain a visitors guide listing shops, restaurants, lodgings, attractions, and special events call 252-948-9415/800-999-3857 or

visit For more information about the travel and tourism industry in North Carolina visit the and websites.