Festivals: North Carolina Official Festivals
by Steven Case, 2007. Updated 2013.
NC Government & Heritage Library.
See also: Folk Festivals (multi-part article)
The State of North Carolina has several official festivals.
In 2011, the General Assembly designated the town of Grifton's Shad Festival as the Official Shad Festival of the State of North Carolina. (Session Laws, 2011-36.) The Herring Festival in the town of Jamesville was designated the Official Herring Festival of the State of North Carolina (Session Laws, 2011-59) and the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival was designated the Official Shrimp Festival of the State of North Carolina (Session Laws, 2011-65).
In 2012, the General Assembly designated the Shelby Livermush Festival as the official fall livermush festival, the Marion Livermush Festival as the official spring livermush festival, and the Swansboro Mullet Festival as the official mullet festival of the State of North Carolina (Session Laws, 2012-29).
In 2013, the General Assembly designated the Blue Monday Shad Fry in East Arcadia the Official State Blue Monday Shad Fry (Session Laws, 2013-282). The same year, the General Assembly adopted the Dublin Peanut Festival as the State Official Peanut Festival (Session Laws, 2013-313).
Baker, Mountain Music Festival, Asheville, NC, September 1938. Conservation and Development Department, Travel and Tourism Division Photo Files, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC. Call # ConDev1454A. Image online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/north-carolina-state-archives/2387463859/.
"Lexington Barbecue Festival - Crowd 2" by Dennis Brown (Dennis Brown). Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lexington_Barbecue_Festival_-_Crowd_2.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lexington_Barbecue_Festival_-_Crowd_2.jpg (accessed December 17, 2014).
Photograph of the National Potato Peeling Contest at the Elizabeth City Irish Potato Festival. By Ajsanjua at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons. (accessed December 17, 2014).
1 June 2007 | Case, Steven