The 48th Grifton Shad Festival will be held Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 in the southern Pitt County town of Grifton.

 The family oriented festival is one of the longest running festivals in the state.

 Free shuttle service is available; signs will mark shuttle parking sites.

 Wristbands for unlimited rides from 5-11 p.m. Thursday, April 19 are $20. The carnival rides also will operate from 5-11 p.m. Friday April 20, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

 Here is the schedule of other events:


Friday, April 20

 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Helicopter rides by Total Flight Solutions, corner of Highland Avenue and River Road by the horse stables, $25

 4-11 p.m.: Mo's Pub beer tent

 7-9 p.m.: Shad-O Bingo, Grifton School cafeteria

 7-8:30 p.m.: 8 Track Band, Grifton Train Depot

 9-11 p.m.: Silver Wings Band, Grifton Train Depot


Saturday, April 21

 8 a.m.: Run the Gauntlet 5K Run begins and ends at the Shad Shack (entry fee is $20)

 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.: Helicopter rides by Total Flight Solutions, corner of Highland Avenue and River road by horse stables, $25

 9:30 a.m.: Carolina Girls perform at reviewing stand

 10:30 am.: Grifton Shad Festival Parade

 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: 3 Wishes and a Hero Disney Characters participate in parade and mingle with crowd

 Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.: Captain Jim's Magic Show, Sky High Stilt Walker and Juggler beside Ernie's Grill

 Noon-12:30 p.m.: Carolina Heat Martial Arts demonostration, corner of Queen and Pitt streets

 Noon-2 p.m.: Car Show, Queen Street

 Noon-3 p.m.: Purple the Clown, Queen Street

 Noon-4 p.m.: Kids' games, Queen Street

 Noon-4 p.m.: Dunking Booth sponsored by Snow Hill Boy Scout Troop 74 near Depot

 Noon-5 p.m.: Art Show

 1 p.m.: Circus Stella, Town Commons

 1-4:30 p.m.: Performances by local bands, Train Depot

 1-11 p.m.: Mo's Pub beer tent (live music by David Cox and non-tournament corn hole toss game space)

 2 p.m.: ProTown BMX Bike Show, Queen Street

 2:30 p.m.: ProTown BMX Clinic, Queen Street

 2-6 p.m.: Anthony Gonzalez presents gospel music groups at Mattie's Mini Park

 3 p.m.: Circus Stella, Town Commons

 3-4:30 p.m.: Silver Wings Band, Grifton Train Depot

 4:30 p.m.: ProTown BMX Bike Show, Queen Steet

 7-8:30 p.m.: Pamlico Sound Machine, Motown music, Grifton Train Depot

 9-11 p.m.: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, "Swamp Soul" music, Grifton Train Depot


Sunday, April 22

9 a.m.: Community Church Service at the Creekside Overlook Park by the town boat landing. Bring a chair.

Noon-4 p.m.: Art Show

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