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Herring Festival in Jamesville today


By Leslie Beachboard
Enterprise & Weekly Herald

Sunday, April 16, 2017

JAMESVILLE — The 68th Annual North Carolina Herring Festival continues in Jamesville today with entertainment, rides, vendors and food for all ages.

According to N.C. Herring Festival Director Sharon Britt, many streets in Jamesville will be closed from noon until midnight tonight. Amusement rides will be available through Fun Time Amusements from Danville, Va.

The festival, spawned from the town’s traditions as a herring fishery, began Friday night. Today’s events start with a run at 7 a.m., and Jamesville Fire and Rescue will host a pancake breakfast from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. at the fire building. The cost is $7.

A parade will begin at 10 a.m. The line-up will be at 9:30 a.m. It will begin and end at Jamesville Elementary School.

Immediately following the parade, there will be an opening ceremony and prayer. Sarah Hardison Harris will sing the National Anthem.

After the opening ceremony, children can enjoy an Easter egg hunt at Tammy's Plant House, 1950 Main St.

There will be 3,100 eggs hidden for children 2 through 12.

There will be two hunts, one for younger children and one for the older children.

The rest of the day's entertainment will include Diamond City Express beginning at 11 a.m. Just In Time will follow at noon.

This year's festival will host a new event. An Easter bonnet contest and parade will begin at 1 p.m. on the main stage.

At 2 p.m. Kevin and Sarah Harris will perform and the Classic Combo Band will take the stage from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

“There will be fireworks Saturday night just after dark,” said Britt.

Along with entertainment and rides, there will also be vendors selling a variety of items including food. The Cypress Grill will be open and selling its famous fried herring.

Jamesville is northeast of Greenville at the intersection of U.S. 64 and N.C. 171.