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Kick-off this Holiday Season
Currituck Style!

Believe it or not, the holidays are almost upon us! On Friday, December 3, 2021 join in on the fun at the Currituck County Center of NC Cooperative Extension.

Boat decorated for Christmas Parade.Schedule of events:

  • Reindeer Games at 5:30 p.m.
  • Annual Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Currituck’s Annual Holiday Parade at 7:00 p.m.

Come out early, and play holiday-themed games, view the County Tree Lighting, and enjoy some cookies and hot cocoa. Bring a chair or blanket so you can have a comfortable spot to view the Holiday parade hosted by the Currituck County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89.

If you are not able to attend in person or are still not ready to be back in public, we will be live-streaming the tree lighting and parade on the Currituck Extension YouTube channel. Visit:, make sure to subscribe, and ring the bell so you are notified when we go live on December 3rd.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the entry form found at and for more parade details please review the parade participant letter at

The Holiday Parade is organized by The Currituck Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89 and NC Cooperative Extension, Currituck County Center. If you have additional questions, please contact Sheila Gregory at 252-232-2261 or or contact Lt. Kevin McCord at 252-207-4653 or email

Annual Operation Santa 2021

We need your help. Please consider supporting the 2021 Operation Santa Claus program, administered by the Currituck County Department of Social Services.

Our program serves hundreds of children and families each year, and we know more families will be in need this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This annual program provides Christmas presents for:

  • Families with children residing in Currituck,
  • Currituck children in foster care,
  • Food baskets for Adults.

* For families requesting assistance from the 2021 Operation Santa, the application period will be October 11 – November 19, 2021.

Applications will be located at the front desk. Completed applications can be returned to the front desk or placed in the lock box after hours. For more information, contact Social Services at 252-232-3083.

Each donation is tax deductible and all proceeds will benefit citizens of Currituck County.  All proceeds benefit citizens of Currituck County.

Individuals, community groups, and businesses  can help us meet the needs in the community by doing any of the following things:

  1. Sponsor a family with children by purchasing new, unwrapped gifts for the children.
    Contact Samantha Hurd at 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell at 252-232-6042, or via email at
  2. Donate money or gift cards to be used by Department of Social Services staff to purchase Christmas gifts for children. These donations can be made as follows:
    • QR Code
      Annual Operation Santa QR Code to pay on PayPal
    • PayPal

    • In-person
      Come to our front desk during business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • By Mail
      153 Courthouse Road, Suite 400
      Currituck, North Carolina 27929

      Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.

  3. Referral Organization
    If you are an independent organization and would like to receive referrals from us to help children in need through your own program,To help a child through these programs, please contact Samantha Hurd 252-232-6040 or Heather Corbell 252-232-6042 or via email at
  4. Food Basket Program for Adults
    You can help by donating food, or gift cards to the Food Basket program which serves disabled and elderly adults in need of extra support. We also accept monetary donations to purchase Christmas gifts for disabled adults which DSS is guardian for. Monetary donations for this program can only be made in person or by mail. To help an adult please contact Lori Langley 252-232-6039 or email

Thank you to everyone in the community who can help other Currituck County citizens have a happy holiday season. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Please NOTE: This year we are NOT accepting donations of toys due to an abundant reserve supply.

Questions and Answers
  1. How does sponsoring a family work? 

    Sponsors are responsible for purchasing Christmas gifts for the children within the family. We serve children 0-17 years of age.  When considering becoming a sponsor, begin by determining the total number of children you would like to sponsor for Christmas this year. Once you decide, contact us and we will match you with a family.  You will receive a wish list for each child that includes ages, sizes and gift suggestions. The wish list will help you shop for the children. Each wish list will be assigned a number to identify the family.   The gifts must be labeled with the application number and delivered to Social Services by 5:00 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2021.  You may deliver earlier if you would like.

  2. How much money do I need to spend per child?

    We do not set contribution guidelines for sponsors; there is no set dollar amount to spend per child.  There is also no set amount of toys to purchase.  We encourage you to spend as much as you reasonably can to assist a family. Please keep in mind the gifts you provide will be the only gifts some children receive. It would be an amazing contribution if you are able to purchase a few wish list toys for each child and add stocking stuffers to the bag.

  3. Why are the gifts required to be unwrapped?  Will you accept gently used toys?

     For safety reasons all donated toys and gifts must be unwrapped and new. We cannot accept used toys and sponsors cannot provide used toys to families.

  4. What is a Referral Organization?

    These consist of organizations or programs which administer their own Christmas assistance program, but partner with the Department of Social Services (DSS) to receive referrals of families in need. Some referral organizations prefer to handle distribution of the Christmas gifts independently, others deliver the gifts to DSS for distribution.  We are happy to accommodate either preference.

  5. Can I enclose a note to the family I am sponsoring, or could I meet the family?

    No, in order to preserve and protect the confidentiality of children and their families, we are unable to allow sponsors to enclose notes, cards or meet the family.

  6. If I cannot sponsor a family, are there other ways I can help?

    Yes, donations of money and gift cards are always welcome!  Please make checks payable to “County of Currituck”.   Separate donations can be made to provide gifts for disabled adult wards.

  7. What is the Food Basket Program?

    This program provides groceries to disabled and/or elderly adults receiving services through the Currituck County Department of Social Services.  Non-perishable food items and canned goods are always needed.  Additional perishable items such as frozen turkey and ham can also be donated.  Please contact Lori Langley to coordinate at 252-232-6039 or email


In an effort to maximize the number of families served, the Currituck County Department of Social Services partners with other community organizations to avoid duplication of sponsorships and contributions.  For any other questions, please contact DSS Director Samantha Hurd 252-232-6040 or DSS Administrative Officer Heather Corbell 252-232-6042 or contact us via email at

Burn ban issued for all North Carolina counties due to hazardous forest fire conditions

Due to increased fire risk, the N.C. Forest Service has issued a ban on all open burning and has canceled all burning permits statewide effective at Monday, November 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice.

“It is fall wildfire season in North Carolina, and we are seeing wildfire activity increase due to dry conditions,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With these ongoing conditions, a statewide burn ban is necessary to reduce the risk of fires starting and spreading quickly. Our top priority is always to protect lives, property and forestland across the state.”

Under North Carolina law, the ban prohibits all open burning in the affected counties, regardless of whether a permit was previously issued. The issuance of any new permits has also been suspended until the ban is lifted. Anyone violating the burn ban faces a $100 fine plus $183 court costs. Any person responsible for setting a fire may be liable for any expenses related to extinguishing the fire.

Local fire departments and law enforcement officers are assisting the N.C. Forest Service in enforcing the burn ban.

The N.C. Forest Service will continue to monitor conditions. Residents with questions regarding a specific county can contact their N.C. Forest Service county ranger or their county fire marshal’s office.

Read more…

Sand Fence Cost Share Program

Currituck County recognizes the importance of dune vegetation and dune nourishment. Oceanfront property owners are eligible for reimbursement of the cost to purchase and install  sand fencing through participation in the 2021 Sand Fence Cost Share Program.

Eligible applicants shall submit an online application.

Take a moment to learn more about how the grant program works, who is eligible and what you need to do to apply.

Currituck County
Cooperative Extension
Rooted in Currituck Podcast Launch

Are you curious about what life used to be like in rural Currituck County? Do you have a story to share?

Then you will definitely want to check out the new “Rooted in Currituck” podcast produced by the Currituck County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

The “Rooted in Currituck” podcast is a journey through the stories of our guests about growing up and growing in Currituck County, North Carolina. Regular features of the podcast include a look back segment, special guest interviews, and a bit of education brought to you by today’s Cooperative Extension Agents.  The look back segment shares stories written by Extension agents in the early to mid 1900s and preserved in the archives at the Currituck Extension Center.

The special guest interviews are your neighbors, family, friends, community leaders – basically anyone with special memories to share and preserve tied to Currituck County. The educational segment relates to the stories told and includes up to date research in the areas of agriculture, youth development, foods and nutrition, or community development.

The “Rooted in Currituck” podcast is being offered on all major podcast outlets in audio only or on

The video version can be viewed on the CurrituckCES YouTube channel at

If you have a story about Currituck life that will make us laugh, cry, swell with pride, or just remember, contact Cameron Lowe, County Extension Director at or 252-232-2261. You may also submit your own recording at Tell a friend!

Medicare Annual Election Period Begins October 15

If you are a Medicare Beneficiary you are eligible to review and/or change your Part D, Drug Coverage, every year between October 15 and December 7. This time is known as the Medicare Annual Election Period.

It is definitely worth taking the time to review and compare your Medicare health plan options, but you don’t have to navigate the system alone. North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Department of Insurance have a wonderful program to help you navigate through the annual election period called SHIIP which stands for Senior Health Insurance Information Program. You have several options:

  • Call your local counseling site, the Currituck County Cooperative Extension Center at 252-232-2261 to schedule a phone or in-person consultation with one of our trained counselors. Clients are seen by appointment only so make sure to call and reserve your appointment spot today!
  • Visit to compare your current coverage with other options that are available in your area, and enroll in a new plan if you decide to make a change.
  • Contact the state Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for assistance over the phone at 855-408-1212

If you would like more information please contact the Currituck Extension office via phone at 252-232-2261.

Currituck County
9-1-1 Communications

The team at 911 Communications provide vital, life-saving services for the public and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This short video provides some insight into what it means to be a 911 telecommunicator for Currituck County.

Currituck Bulls
& BBQ Event
Saturday, November 6, 2021 Update


Due to weather and wind, the November 6. 2021 Bulls & BBQ rodeo has been CANCELLED along with music, entertainment, food and craft vendors. 

The new date is Saturday, April 9, 2022 with a rain date of Sunday, April 10, 2022. 

Tickets already purchased will be good for that date.  If you purchased tickets to pick up at Will Call, we will hold them for you.  If you wish a refund, please call the Moyock Welcome Center no earlier than Wednesday, November 8, 2021.  We will begin processing refunds at that time. 

The Kansas City BBQ Society Competition and the People’s Choice BBQ Tasting Competition WILL GO on as scheduled.  Tickets for the People’s Choice are $10 and proceed go directly to the Currituck 4H Back Pack 4 Kids.

Get ready for a fun-filled day for the entire family as we are partnering with the Currituck County North Carolina Cooperative Extension Center and Kansas City Barbeque Society for a day of good food, family activities, and excitement.

Beverages, BBQ, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Funnel Cakes, Ice Cream, Pretzels, Cotton Candy and more will be available for purchase.

The People’s Choice BBQ tickets will be available to purchase for $10.00 benefiting Currituck Kids. Sample local pulled pork barbecue and fixin’ recipes from local restaurants and backyard barbecue enthusiasts. Vote for your favorite BBQ, while enjoying the beautiful Currituck County Rural Center.

Rodeo ticket may be purchased in advance at the Welcome Center in Moyock.

More information about the Currituck Bulls & BBQ event and advance ticket prices are available on VisitCurrituck.

Event Lineup for Saturday, November 6, 2021
12:00 p.m.
Gates Open
1:00 p.m. 
1:15 – 3:00 p.m.
Band: Manteo Murphy
3:00 p.m.
Rodeo Starts
4:15 p.m.
Intermission with Kansas City Barbeque Society Awards
4:45 p.m.
 People’s Choice BBQ Award
5:30 p.m.
Rodeo Ends
People’s Choice BBQ Tasting
Tickets: $10.00  |   Proceeds benefit Currituck Backpack for Kids
12:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Ticket Sales (until BBQ runs out)
1:45 – 3:00 p.m.
Tasting (until BBQ runs out)
4:45 p.m.
People’s Choice Awards (immediately following KCBS Awards)
5th Annual Rodeo:
3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
(Rodeo Gates Open at 2:00pm)

Advanced sale tickets may be purchased until Monday, November 5, 2021, by 4:30 p.m. at the Moyock Welcome Center. The hours for the Welcome Center are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7 days a week) … or purchase tickets via phone by calling the Moyock Welcome Center at 252-435-2947 with your credit or debit card.

Tickets then can be picked up the day of the rodeo at “Will Call” beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the rodeo ticket tent.

NOTE: After November 5, 2021, 4:30 p.m., tickets will only be available for purchase at the event on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the Currituck County Rural Center beginning at 2:00 p.m.

$15 – Advanced Adult Ticket (13 and older)
$10 – Advanced Children’s Ticket (6-12 years old)
$45 – Advanced Sale Family 4 Pack – 2 adults and 2 kids (Kids are 12 or younger)
$10 – BBQ Judges and Cook Teams (Day of Event)
$20 – Day of event Adult Ticket (13 and older)
$15 – Day of event Children’s Ticket (6-12 years old)
$65 – Day of event Family 4 Pack – 2 adults and 2 kids (Kids are 12 or younger)
Children ages 5 and under are free

Barrel Racing:

For information on participating in the rodeo (barrel racing, etc.), please contact Carey McNeill at
Registration will begin, Monday, November 1, 2021.

KCBS Competition Applications & Forms:
So come on out to the park, relax to some great music and try some lip-smacking’ good BBQ.

Did You Know
Currituck’s Soil & Water…

Did you know,  Currituck’s Soil & Water Conservation District Office works to protect natural resources in the county. This includes initiatives such as preventing the loss of valuable farmland topsoil and keeping storm water drainage ditches clear from obstructions.

In this short video, Soil/Storm Water Manager, Dylan Lloyd explains how they can help farmers, developers, and private property owners in Currituck County.
One-stop Site for Local Beach Conditions and Safety Information

Currituck County Emergency Management is pleased to launch, a one-stop site for local beach conditions and safety information.  Currituck County includes 24 miles of oceanfront beaches and will provide county residents and vacationers with important real-time data to help them plan their beach visit. is a mobile and tablet friendly site.  Users can easily navigate different sections by clicking on the individual “headers” near the top of the page. The webpage provides information on current weather forecasts, beach conditions, rip currents, locations for public beach access, locations of lifeguard stands, beach regulations, and more.

As part of the SafeCorolla program, residents and guests may also receive notifications directly to their phone by texting SafeCorolla to 888-777. For more information on, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.