Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the 2018 Grifton Shad Festival Parade!

Sponsored by Doug Henry of Ayden | Emceed by John & Cameron Moore

Contact us from the numbers below or send us an email.

  • Jean Sugg @ 252-939-6198
  • Denice Dixon @ 252-341-7031
  • Jackie Suggs @ 252-258-5597

More Info

Gizzard Pageant

Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Grifton School Auditorium

Emceed by John Moore

If you wish to participate in the “Gizzard Shad” pageant please contact:

  • Christin Nichol  @ 252 -531-4399
  • Julie Monroe @ 252-841-0918

Miss Grifton Shad Queen Pageant

Saturday, April 14, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Grifton School Auditorium

2017 Miss Grifton Shad Queen – Baylee Suarez

NOTICE: All ladies interested in participating in the “Miss Grifton Shad Queen Pageant” contact Directors Belinda Howard at 252-413-8907 or Susan Howard at / (252) 917-2622.


MUST: Be between the age of 14-18, unmarried and without children, live in the Grifton residence area or within our voting district, and be a reputable role model.


Directors Belinda Howard at 252-413-8907 or Susan Howard at / (252) 917-2622.

Friday Night Music Events

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 9:00-11:00 PM (Street Dance)

Returning to the 2018 Shad Festival:

Silver Wings Band

Saturday Night Music Events

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 7:00PM (Street Dance)

Sponsored by Hastings Ford

Coastline Band

Sunday Events, Community Church, Music, etc.

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – begins 9:00AM

Join us on Sunday!


The 5K Run

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 8:00AM

Runners will receive a T-shirt and medallion.

Teams are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

Art Show

Viewing on Saturday, April 21 (12-5PM) and Sunday, April 22 (12-4PM)

The 48th Annual Grifton Art Show will be a feature of the Grifton Shad Festival this April. Eastern North Carolina artists are invited to enter their artwork in the following categories: painting, fiber arts, graphic art/drawing, photography, and three-dimensional art. Artists may enter up to 3 pieces. For adults (over age 18), the entry fee is $5 per entry. There is no charge for school-age children and young adults up to age 18. Prizes or ribbons will be awarded in each category.

Submissions accepted:

Art submissions will be accepted at the Grifton Museum, 437 A Creekshore Drive, Grifton, NC at the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 7 (2-5PM)
  • Tuesday, April 10 (5-7:30PM)

Art show viewing:

  • Saturday, April 21 (12-5PM)
  • Sunday, April 22 (12-4PM)

For Art Show information, entry forms, and a schedule of Shad Festival events visit the forms page.

Contact Persons:

  • Shirley Mewborn – (Subject Line: Grifton Art Show) @ 252-531-5272
  • Tommy Sugg @ 252-560-7828

The public is invited to view the artwork on Saturday, April 21 (Noon to 5 pm) and Sunday, April 22 (Noon to 4 pm). To be a part of the People’s Choice Award, you may vote for your favorite creation during Saturday hours.

Cornhole Tournament

Saturday, April 21, 2018 @ 2:00PM

McCrae St, Grifton, NC 28530, across from Grifton Depot

Registration: $30 per team – please register by 1PM on tournament day!

The event will be held on the empty lot on McCrae Street – across from the Grifton Depot. Signs will be posted marking the event area. Double Teams/Double Elimination. Boards and bags provided. Contact Galen Treble at 252-939-5438 or for an application or register April 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m and before 1PM. All participants will receive a free Shad Festival t-shirt. Cash prizes will be given to 1st ($100) and 2nd ($50) place wining teams along with full bragging rights.

Car & Truck Show

Saturday, April 21, 2018

  • Registration $20
  • Registration begins 9:00 AM
  • Registration Ends 12:00 noon
  • Judging and Awards by 2:00 PM

**NOTE** If you desire to enter the Parade, line up for it prior to registering your vehicle to the Car Show. You will be able to register for the show immediately following the Parade.


Top 40 • Best Ford (1 & 2) • Best Chevy (1 & 2) • Best MoPar (1 & 2) • Best Foreign • Most Unique • Mayors Choice • Best Truck • Longest Distance Driven • Best Overall


Cars will be parked on the eastern end of downtown Queen Street

Bring your entire family to enjoy the day at one of NC oldest festivals.

50/50 Raffle Drawings

Aviation Activities

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – All Day

Helicopter Rides $20

The Aviation East Division of the North Carolina Forestry Service will display an Astar 350B3 helicopter at 299 River Rd, Grifton (Horse Stables), Cottage Brook Hobby Farm, Grifton, NC. This helicopter transports initial attack crews when dropping water or foam on fires with 200 gallon dip buckets. This event will start after the Grifton Shad Parade.

Signs will mark the way. You can use the free shuttle to and from the air activities. The shuttle will load at the corner of Queen and Church Streets and will run every 30 minutes.

Fishy Tales (Lying Contest)

Monday, April 16, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Grifton School Library

  • Event Sponsor:
  • Event Chairperson: Kelly Buck – 252-320-6042 –
  • Additional Contact Person: Annie Harrison –
  • Event Start Time: Monday April 10, 2017 7:00 PM
  • Event Location: Grifton School Media Center
  • Mistress of Ceremonies: Amy Hahn
  • Sign-up deadline:
  • Cost per person for entry to the event: $1.00
    (Proceeds will cover the fees for free books given to the Grifton School kids that participate)

SHAD-O (bingo)

Friday, April 20, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Grifton School Cafeteria

Carnival Rides by Inner Show Rides

Tuesday, April 17 until Saturday, April 21 – All Day

Be Mo Social

Friday @ 4-11PM | Saturday @ 1-11PM

Good Place To See Old Friends and To Meet New Ones

ProTown BMX

Saturday, April 21, 2018