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Festival chowder cook-off deadline approaches

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The N.C. Fourth of July Festival is seeking individuals, groups or restaurants that would like to face-off for bragging rights at the second annual chowder cook-off from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Oak Island Moose Lodge.
All awards will be decided by a vote of those attending the cook-off. Awards will be given for first, second and third place in the Professional Division and the Individual Division. There will also be an overall Best Decorated Booth award. There is no fee to enter the competition. Application deadline
is Feb. 17.
The winners from the 2011 event were: Best Decorated Booth, Turtle Island Restaurant & Catering; Best Individual Chowder, Tucker and Denise Pacula of Pacula Builders; Best Professional Division, Duffer’s Restaurant at Oak Island Golf & Country Club.
This is a fundraiser for the N.C. Fourth of July Festival, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote patriotism and celebrate the nation’s independence. The general public is encouraged to attend. Advanced tickets are $8 each and available at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, 4433 Long Beach Road. Tickets at the door will be $10.