Ahoy! NCDOT suspends road work for Blackbeard Jamboree

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OCRACOKE, N.C. (WAVY) — Getting to Ocracoke’s annual Blackbeard’s Pirate Jamboree will not require you to have your own pirate ship.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will suspend work to rebuild the protective dunes along N.C. Highway 12 to accommodate visitors to Blackbeard Jamboree and ensure vehicles are able to get to the event.

The work will be suspended at noon Friday Oct. 26 until the morning of Monday Oct. 29. 

In addition, the N.C. Ferry System’s Hatteras-Ocracoke route will have extra ferries on standby to help alleviate backups.

“We want to make sure anyone who wants to attend the Pirate Jamboree can do so as easily as possible,” N.C. Ferry Division Director Harold Thomas said on the decision to suspend work.

The Blackbeard Jamboree is an annual family-friendly event held to honor Ocracoke’s piratical heritage. It will feature historically accurate pirate encampments, a reenactment of Blackbeard’s last battle, sword fights, food and more. 

The Jamboree is expecting higher turn-out than usual as 2018 marks the 300 year anniversary of Blackbeard’s demise in Ocracoke.

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