MAD Chapters: Morehead City (NC)



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MAD 2021 Morehead City

We’re back!

After a 2-year hiatus, we are thrilled to be planning our 2021 event. Mark June 4th/5th on your calendar.

To follow COVID-19 safety protocols, not to mention good common sense, this year’s event will be somewhat scaled back from some previous years.
For example:
We will not host families this year, but we look forward to bringing families back to the event as soon as the situation allows.
We will somewhat limit the number of boats/troops … currently looking at about 50 boats.
We are confident that with these limitations, and ensuring social distancing, providing masks and hand sanitizer, we can significantly reduce risk for our volunteers and troops. Of course, we will continue to monitor the pandemic, coordinate with military authorities, and stay flexible in case of a deteriorating situation.

Here are some key target dates:
Volunteer registration – Currently open (click here to volunteer).
Skipper/boat registration – Currently open (Click here to volunteer your boat)
Troop registration opens April 15

Captains Meeting will be Friday June 4
The Main Event will be Saturday June 5

Finally, we need local volunteers. Please consider helping by registering to help out.
Hope to see you in June. Meanwhile, follow this page and our Facebook page for updates.

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MAD 2018 Morehead City was June 2.
MAD Morehead City Site Map
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Morehead City NC is MAD’s flagship event. Hosting more Troops to date than any of our other events combined, and offering a large multitude of family activities since 2009. MAD is the third largest event in Morehead City, only behind the Seafood Festival and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Jaycee Park Waterfront

This event started in 2006 hosted by Coast Guard Station Ft. Macon, and in 2008 moving into Morehead City. MAD 2013 was one of the largest events, hosting 111 boats, two head boats the Continental Shelf and Carolina Princess, and numerous tour boats. Over 500 Troops fished that event.

The Captain and Volunteer meetings are held in Jaycee Park the Friday evening before the event and then we adjourn to City Park for the cookout and some door prizes.

Event day we start VERY early in the morning getting Troops ready, boats boarded, and away fishing. Family Activities gets underway, when the boats return the catch is cleaned and then the stories of the one that got away are exchanged.  Everyone then gathers to feast on the cookout featuring Murphy Brown Pork Chop Steaks”.


Family Activities for Morehead City can include:

  • Kids coloring books and sidewalk chalk.
  • Kids dock side fishing derby.
  • Family boat rides.
  • One hour family fishing trips in nearby harbor.
  • Carrot Island Wild Pony boat tour.
  • Pirate Revenge ship where kids get to dress like pirates and shoot water cannons and a smaller renegade pirate boat.
  • Dunk tank.
  • Free hot dog and hamburger lunch.
  • Free snacks – popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones.
  • Free face painting.
  • Corn hole and other games.
  • Park with slides and swings.
  • Live music with bands and DJ.
  • DJ at City Park.
  • Selfie assistant volunteers will help use your device for taking your picture.

We can’t do it with just a few people, there are throngs of volunteers needed to help make a successful event run smooth. Did we mention the food! Hobo Junction as they are affectionately known crank out some of the best barbecue and fixings ever.

Dozens and dozens of donors help feed the heroes and their families with donations of food, drinks, ice, merchandise, tools, you name it!

Join us in helping our mission of: One, Simple, Thanks!


MAD Morehead City would like to recognize our sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. These businesses and individuals recognize and appreciate the sacrifices of our troops and their families and they prove it by providing funds and/or services to insure our event is a success.

Smithfield Foods

Atkinson’s Mill

CCBS and Sign Shop

Morehead City Downtown

Carolina Princess



House of Raeford


Sea Tow Ocean Isle


Franklin Baking Co.




Mt Olive Pickles


NC Sweet Potatoes


Bright Leaf Hot Dogs


Blue Sky Farms


Ford’s Produce




KTA-Tator, Inc. (KTA)


SSPC Society for Protective Coatings


NACE International The Corrosion Society


Signature Consultants




TPC Technology Publishing Company


Bone Suckin Sauce


Wells Fargo


TL Herring




C.F. Sauer



S&D Coffee & Tea