BALD HEAD ISLAND -- Saturday is National Lighthouse Day and North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy, is on Bald Head Island. Pirates will help celebrate the day. They arrived Wednesday and gave NewsChannel 3 a sneak peak of what's to come over the weekend. Pirate "Diosa De Cancion" said, "We always go do events but you don't always enjoy the events. Coming up here everyone treats you like family and we feel completely welcome and at home." Activities will run from Friday evening into Saturday night. The event is sponsored by the Old Baldy Foundation. Co-chair Marilyn Ridgeway expects more than five thousand people to attend. A $5 donation gives you access to activities like a meet and greet with the pirates, a pirate fashion show, and much more. "The Captain Jack Sparrow look alike contest is going to be fabulous," said Captain Jack Sparrow himself. Along with the entertainment, there is plenty of history to be learned. The visitors aren't the only ones who will enjoy it. Diosa De Cancion said, "There are other experts here who know more than we do so we kind of trade out. Some of us will be playing with the kids and others will go in to hear these presentations. So it runs the gamut. That's the great part, you're not just coming for one thing." Money raised at the event will be used to refurbish the oil house that stands next to the lighthouse.
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