Carteret County plans a series of New Year's celebrations

Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM.

"We had 3,500 people on Evans Street at midnight," Botta said.

Botta said activities at last year’s event saw increased participation and they hope that is the case again this year.

The Resolution Run sponsored by the Town of Beaufort had 178 registered, and the New Year’s Day Penguin Plunge in Atlantic Beach about doubled in participation with 800 participants.

"We see it as a countywide family affair for everyone," Botta said.

Jones said it brings the community together and is also a way to attract people to Carteret County this time of year, including its many second homeowners.

"The Crystal Coast isn’t just a summer place," he said.

The fun begins Friday and there are opportunities for kayak tours at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, a scavenger hunt along Emerald Isle’s multi-use path and Bon Fire at the Beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle.

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