OBX Pridefest gets off to a quiet start

By on June 25, 2011

Outer Banks Pridefest opened quietly Friday with a VIP luncheon at the First Colony Inn in Nags Head, which is serving as the event’s primary venue.

One hundred VIP tickets were sold, entitling participants to catered lunches Friday and at the Coquina Beach party on Sunday.

Early arrivals reflected the reach of the event. Beth Ann Miner drove down from Baltimore, marking her first visit to the Outer Banks. A group of seven young adults journeyed from Johnson City, Tenn, including three OBX newcomers. Another attendee made the drive from Newport News and was looking forward to the Jerry Halliday event Friday night.

Saturday’s events include a sunset cruise on the Crystal Dawn, which is sold out, and then the action moves to the Outer Banks Brewing Station, where Las Vegas puppeteer and comedian Jerry Halliday goes on stage at 10 p.m. followed by “America’s Got Talent” star Derek Berry. Berry’s show is a Brittany Spears impersonation revue.

Official opening ceremonies take place at noon Saturday at the First Colony Inn with Nags Head Mayor Bob Oakes providing the opening remarks and reading a proclamation signed by President Obama that was delivered to the event organizers.

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