Competitor riding a wave Thursday at the ESA Eastern Surf Championships. Waves and Jennette's Pier in the background.

It’s a rare weekend on the Outer Banks when the weather causes the cancellation of major events—but it had to happen sometime and this was the week for it. 

The annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival has had spectacular weather for the first three gatherings and fourth time must have been the curse because that low that’s sitting off the coast made playing music on an outdoor stage impossible today and tomorrow. 

That’s real shame because Cory Hemilright, the local promoter had an amazing line up this year with Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent and the Flame, the Steep Canyon Rangers (that’s Steve Martin’s Band) and Pam Tillis. But with winds forecast at 20-25 mph with higher gusts and 2+” of rain forecast both days, the show really could not go on.

The ESA Eastern Championships held on as long as they could, getting five days of competition in in some very trying conditions. The surf was running at 6-9’, the strong NE winds the waves were choppy and with no clear breaks, but somehow the competitors still got some great rides in. They finally gave up this afternoon when the rains hit full force and have decided against putting anyone in the water tomorrow.

Not really a cancellation rather a postponement, but the Dare County Arts Council Artrageous celebration of the arts in the community has been postponed until October 31. Yes, that is Halloween, so it should be a spooky good time.