MOREHEAD CITY - The 26th annual North Carolina Seafood Festival is underway in Morehead City.
More than 150,000 visitors are expected to stop by the festival for food, fun and some North Carolina seafood.
"There's nothing like fresh fish," Rocky Hardison, Captain of "O Lucky Me," charter boat said. "It's a good chance to get out and get out own fish."
Hardison takes people out on his boat year round, but said the festival is always a busier time for customers.
Several food vendors also kicked off the festival Friday, including volunteers from the West Carteret Future Farmers of America branch. The organization has been participating in the festival since it began.
"People always come and say they're waiting for the clam chowder," Harrison Lassiter, a student and volunteer, said. "They always come here every year to get it because it's fresh, it's fast and it's a reasonable price."
The festival is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds are shared with the community organizations that donate their services for the event.
The festival continues through Sunday evening.