Local Festival & Events

In 1971, citizens in the town of Grifton established the annual Grifton Shad Festival as a way to increase interest in the town and to provide family-oriented fun for all ages working together. The Shad Festival was suggested by then North Carolina extension agent Ed Comer. Most events are free and outdoors. There are now 40 events, ranging from parade and pony rides to art show, clogging, Hispanic dances, lying contest, historical museum and athletic competitions, including the Shad Toss (throwing real fish).  

The annual celebration includes:  

  • Hickory Shad fishing contest starting January 1
  • SHAD-O (Grifton’s version of Bingo)
  • The “Miss Grifton” pageant, a competition for high-school aged girls
  • Carnival rides and games Craft show 
  • Food prepared by local churches and civic organizations
  • Saturday night street dance featuring local bands

More info: http://griftonshadfestival.com

John Lawson Legacy Days is an annual event held at the Grifton Historical Museum and Indian Village, focusing on reenactors, historic interpreters, and historical technology demonstrations. The event was first held in 2010 and is named after John Lawson, an English explorer, naturalist and surveyor who traveled through the Carolinas in 1701 and published a book about his travels in 1709. Lawson was killed by a group of Tuscarora near Grifton in 1711.

More info: https://www.johnlawsonlegacydays.org

Back-N-Time Book Club is a book club organized by the Grifton Historical Museum in combination with North Carolina Literacy to introduce children and adults to reading.

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