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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.

NO PETS, BICYCLES, OR SKATEBOARDS ALLOWED WITHIN THE FESTIVAL AREA PLEASE – this request is for everyone’s safety!

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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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Festival Schedule

Day 1
2022-04-27
Day 2
2022-04-28
Grifton Train Depot
Grifton School Cafeteria
Day 3
2022-04-29
Town Commons
River Road/Horse Stables
Queen Street
Grifton Train Depot
Grifton Elementary School Ball Field
Day 4
2022-04-30
Grifton Train Depot
Grifton School Cafeteria
Town Commons
River Road/Horse Stables
Queen Street
Grifton Train Depot
Grifton Elementary School Ball Field
17:00 - 23:00
Abrams Amusements & Rides

Wrist bands for unlimited rides $20

16:00 - 23:00
Mo’s Pub (beer tent) “Be Mo Social”

3:00 p.m. Tony Lefavi

5:00 p.m. Willis Gupton

Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

16:00 - 19:00
Shad Shack

Shad T-shirts and novelty items for sale

17:00 - 23:00
Abrams Amusements & Rides

Wrist bands for unlimited rides $20

19:00 - 20:30
Silver Wings
19:00 - 21:00
Sha-O (bingo)

Lots of prizes. Snacks for sale

21:00 - 23:00
Trail By Fire-Tribute to Journey
08:00
Fun Run, 5k Run

Entry fee = $20.00, participants get t-shirt, medallion, and bragging rights (Line up at the Shad Shack)

09:00 - 16:00
Registration for Car Show
09:00 - 23:00
Abrams Amusements & Rides

Wrist bands for unlimited rides $20

09:00 - 19:00
Shad Shack

Shad T-shirts and novelty items for sale

10:00
Shimmy Shakers
10:30 - 16:30
Helicopter Rides provided by Total Flight Solutions
10:30
Grifton Shade Festival Parade
10:30 - 14:30
3 Wishes & a Hero Disney Characters participating in parade and mingling with crowd
11:30
Presentation of parade & fishing contest trophies
12:00 - 15:00
Purple the Clown
12:00 - 14:00
Car Show
12:00 - 12:30
Carolina Heat Martial Arts Demonstration

Corner of Queen and Pitt Streets

12:00 - 16:00
Dunking Booth Sponsored by Snow Hill Boy Scout Troop #74
12:00 - 16:00
Kid’s Games
13:00 - 14:00
Mogan Hudson Vickers
13:00 - 23:00
Mo’s Pub (beer tent) “Be Mo Social”

3:00 p.m. Tony Lefavi

5:00 p.m. Willis Gupton

Happy Hour 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

14:00 - 15:00
Too Much Band
16:00 - 17:00
Ternice
19:00 - 20:30
The Wannabees
21:00 - 21:30
Capitan Jim Is Magic
12:00 - 14:00
Shad Shack

Shad T-shirts and novelty items for sale

Select date to see events.

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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