City to host July 4 event

Published 9:16 pm Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hot dog! The hot dog-eating contest is back for the Fourth of July celebration in Washington’s Festival Park.
Joining that contest are a patriotic-themed boat parade, a cornhole tournament, music by Spare Change and, of course, fireworks on the Washington waterfront. The fireworks are slated to start about 9:15 p.m.
The Washington Fourth of July celebration is an effort by the Washington Harbor District Alliance, City of Washington and Lee Chevrolet-Buick.
The boat parade takes place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 4. Anytime during that period, boaters participating in the parade should navigate their boats through the regatta buoys moored beside the Belle of Washington and hail the judges aboard the Belle of Washington. Participating boaters should provide their names and telephone numbers to the judges, which enters them in the parade contest. Entries will be judged on patriotic theme, effort involved in decorating, spirit of the crew and originality.
First prize is $150, with second prize at $100 and third prize at $50.
The cornhole tournament, sponsored by Can U Toss, runs from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cornhole probably is best described as a competitive bean-bag toss with a scoring system, rules and game variations.
The hot dog-eating contest, to see who can eat 10 eastern North Carolina-style hot dogs in the fastest time, begins at 6 p.m. The contest is sponsored by Coldwell Banker Coastal Rivers Realty. The entry fee for the contest is $10 a person.
Shawn Regaglia, a Washington resident, won the contest last year.
Joy, a clown, will entertain from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Food and beverage vendors will be at the celebration.
For more information about the July 4 celebration and its events, visit or call 252-947-1487.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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