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GRIFTON SHAD 50TH FESTIVAL
2022/04/27
GRIFTON, NC
OUR HISTORY
One of the Oldest and Most Shadtastic Festivals in all of NC!
50
SHAD FESTIVAL
Welcome to the home of the Grifton Shad Festival

We are now entering our 50th year.

The Grifton Shad Festival is one of the most time-honored and longest running festivals in all of North Carolina. Come out and enjoy several days of Down East Hospitality. Most events are held on the weekend.

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE – Signs will mark the way. You can use the free shuttle to and from the air activities.

WHERE

Grifton, N.C.

WHEN

Wednesday to Saturday
April 27 to 30, 2022

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Get ready for our 50th anniversary!
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EVENT SCHEDULE

Festival Schedule

This Schedule of Events will update as activities are confirmed. Check back on a regular basis for updates.
Last updated: 1/22/2022

NC Wildlife Resources Boat Landing & Overlook Park
Any time. Enjoy fishing or boating (bring your own kayak, canoe, or boat) or enjoy the creek from the picnic shelter or walking trail. One block from Grifton Civic Center Museum.

FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE
Signs will mark the way. You can use the free shuttle to and from activities. Additional parking will be available on Main Street.

January 2022

Jan. 1st Shad Fishing Contest begins

Jan. 19th Miss Grifton Pageant orientation meeting, 6 p.m., at Depot

February 2022

Feb. 19th Fish Stew Cook-off, 11 a.m. at Depot

Feb. 25th Coloring Contest at Grifton School begins

March 2022

Mar. 31st Coloring Contest Winners Announced

April 2022

April 9th Miss Grifton Shad Queen Pageant, Grifton School Auditorium, 7 p.m.

April 26th Fishy Tales Story Telling Contest Grifton School Media Center, 6 p.m.

April 28th Miss Gizzard Shad Pageant, Grifton School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

April 28 – 30 Fun Time Amusement & Rides

Thursday, 28th, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wrist Bands $15
Friday, 29th, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Wrist Bands $20
Saturday, 30th, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Tickets Only

April 29 – May 1 Shad Shack – t-shirts & novelty items for sale
Friday, 29th 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, 30th 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sunday, May 1st, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

April 29-30 Mo’s Pub & Entertainment
Friday, 29th 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, 30th 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

April 29-30 Market Place & Craft Vendors – all day, Lawn at First Citizens Bank

April 29-30 Food Vendors – all day Queen Street and Town Commons

April 29th Shad-O (bingo) School Cafeteria,    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Great Prizes!

April 29th Musical Entertainment Grifton Train Depot
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Silver Wings Band
9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Jonathan Parker Band

April 30th at Parade Reviewing Stand
9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks, Mayor B.R. Jackson, Introduction of Grand Marshal, Brigadier General Debra A. Lovette by Commissioner Claude Kennedy and words from the Brigadier General
9:45 a.m. Shimmy Shakers Dancers – to be confirmed
10:15 a.m. Carolina Girls Dancers – to be confirmed
10:30 a.m. Grifton Shad Festival Parade
11:45 a.m. Presentation of parade & fishing contest trophies by Mayor B.R. Jackson
12 Noon – 12:30 p.m. Carolina Heat Martial Arts Demonstration, corner of Queen & Pitt Streets
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Jakara University for Martial Arts Demonstration, corner of Queen & Pitt Streets

April 30th Circus Stella, Town Commons,
Shows at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

April 30th, Helicopter Rides by Total Flight Solution.
April 30th, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at River Road/Horse Stables

April 30th Gospel Music by Anthony Gonzales
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mattie’s Mini Park

April 30th Musical Entertainment
Grifton Depot and Queen Street
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Donald Thompson Band
8:45 p.m. – Drawing for Raffles
9:00 p.m. – Fire Works!!
9:10 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Band of Oz

April 30th – May 1st Grifton Shad Festival Art Show, New Location, Shad Shack Building, 6851 Pitt St., Downtown Grifton.
April 30th, Noon – 5:00 p.m.
May 1st, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

April 30th – May 1st, Grifton Civic Center
12 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Historical Museum
12 Noon – 5:00 p.m. Grifton Indian Village

May 1st, Community Church Service
9:00 a.m., Creekside Overlook Park (by town landing) Bring a chair & enjoy the fellowship & the view.

Festival News

NEWS
December 18, 2021
A Fish Worth Fighting For

In the creeks and rivers of the Coastal Plain, shad are harbingers of spring. For the folks in one tiny town, their annual Shad Festival also heralds a renewed spirit of resilience.by Jeremy Markovich PHOTOGRAPH BY GEOFF WOOD By the time Hurricane Matthew hit, the shad were long gone, back out to sea. But the water they …

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NEWS
December 18, 2021
The 50th Annual Grifton Shad Festival

Kick start your spring season with this four day fun-filled event for the whole family. Complete with amusement park rides, contests, pageants, raffles, and even a parade, the 50th Annual Grifton Shad Festival is one you won’t want to miss. The Grifton Shad Festival is one of the most time-honored and longest running festivals in all of North Carolina. …

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NEWS
December 18, 2021
Big time in a small town: Grifton’s Shad Festival is April 11-14

From April 11-14, folks in Eastern North Carolina are invited to sample what this month’s Our State magazine  called “one of the oldest festivals in North Carolina.” Grifton, at the southernmost point of Pitt County on the banks of the Contentnea Creek, will host its 49th annual Shad Festival.    The three-day event began  as …

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NEWS
December 18, 2021
Grifton gears up for Shad Festival: Fun events next weekend raise funds

So many activities are taking place this weekend to raise money for the 50th anniversary Grifton Shad Festival that the day will take on the feel of Shad Festival — without the shad. The festival planning committee is ramping up for the April 2022 event with a list of activities that includes a motorcycle poker …

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