Thousands celebrated Shad Festival

GRIFTON, N.C. (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina town celebrated a successful turnout Saturday at one its oldest annual events.

Nearly 30,000 people were expected to celebrate the Shad Festival in Grifton this weekend.

Visitors come from all across the state to enjoy live entertainment, games, petting zoos, and the festival's fish stew.

This is the 49th year of the Shad Festival making it one of the oldest festivals in the state.

Organizers said the annual celebration helps shape the town of Grifton.

"We view as the Shad Festival as a legacy for one and we want to continue that legacy and it also gives the people an opportunity to come back home and reminisce about the days of old," Organizaer Mike Coles said.

Most of the festivities wrapped up with a concert performance by Jesse Bolt at 9:30 p.m. at the Grifton Train Depot.