49th annual Grifton Shad Festival gets underway

GRIFTON, NC (WITN) - One of the oldest festivals in North Carolina is back this weekend.

The 49th annual Grifton Shad Festival began with contests earlier this week and amusement rides start Thursday night.

Thursday is 'wristband night.' A $20 wristband gets you unlimited amusement rides.

There will be live entertainment, food, vendors and much more on Friday and Saturday including a petting zoo put on by It's a Zoo Life.

You can get more information including a full schedule of events here.