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Don't miss out on Grifton

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Did you miss it? This past weekend, Grifton unfurled all the best that small town life in Southern Pitt County has to offer in its 48th Shad Festival. Maybe you saw scores of kids flocking to the carnival rides near the railroad tracks or murmured “ooooh!” as you enjoyed the gleam of beautifully restored old cars exhibited up and down the street.

The newly opened Grifton Café offered a smile and a heavenly taste of “lemon drop” cake. The U.S. Marine Corps band from Camp LeJeune snapped down the pavement in perfect unison, their music as polished as their instruments. Behind them, homemade floats, life-sized cartoon characters, tiny Shriners cars, a clown on stilts, and a pretty queen made you feel like a kid again. So did the two-man “Circus Stella,” with dazzling acrobatics and trained dogs.

You could take in an art show at the community museum, or shag with the crowd as the Coast Line Band played at the restored train depot. If you missed the Sunday morning community service down by the creek, you missed the best. Pastor Jason Currie led the folks to consider the peaceful creek and how each of us can be a “river of living water” for our neighbors, our community.

Just south of the hurry and hassle and gridlock traffic of much bigger places, you can find this family town on the creek. Our waters are filled with history. Our streets are lined with friends to be made. Our sky in the night is bright with stars. Come visit or stay. But don’t miss it.

Vicki Kennedy

Grifton

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