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Pig-out on fun: Weekend events abound indoors and outdoors

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U.S. Cellular Manager Michael Alexander, Jayden Shearing, 9, and Malachi Deloatch, 8, prepare soil for planting on April 19, 2017.


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, April 20, 2017

There will be no excuse for hanging around the house this weekend with a full slate of activities planned in Pitt County. Scheduled are celebrations around food, football, nature and fish. Children and those affected by cancer also have special events scheduled.

Pigskin Pig-Out

The 34th annual Pigskin Pig-Out is set for Friday and Saturday. Among the festivities are a pig cooking contest, movie night, a meet-and-greet with the 2017 football team, the Pirate Golf Classic, Pee Dee's birthday party and the Alumni Road Race.

The highlight of the weekend is the Purple/Gold Spring Game, scheduled for 2 p.m. in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, followed by the third annual Corporate and Leadership Awards Banquet, beginning at 6 p.m.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of East Carolina University helps kick off the big weekend at 5 p.m. Friday at Bates Track. Gates open at 5 p.m, and the opening ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Following a survivors lap and caregivers lap, 35 organizations and companies who have entered teams will participate in the relay until midnight. The event will close with a luminary ceremony memorializing those who have been lost to cancer and their families.

Shad Festival

There will be something fishy going at the 47th Annual Grifton Shad Festival, beginning with tonight’s Gizzard Pageant, a different kind of “beauty” pageant. Brian Mayer and Silver Wings are scheduled to perform on Friday night, and the Green Grass Cloggers are scheduled to perform with the Sandy Ridge Ramblers from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, followed by contemporary Christian and gospel music by Andro C. Brown. The festival’s annual cornhole tournament is set for 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the lot at McCrae Street. The car and truck show runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on Queen Street. Helicopter rides and aviation activities will be available Saturday at 299 River Road. Visit www.griftonshadfestival.com for more information..

Earth and nature

River Park North at 1000 Mumford Road in Greenville will conduct several events this weekend, beginning with Family Earth Science Night today from 6 to 8 p.m. Various nature-based experiments and demonstrations will be presented in celebration of Earth Day. The park also will host a booth at the annual Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children KidsFest at 10 a.m. at the Greenville Convention Center.

Pitt Community College’s annual Earth Day Fair is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s J. Paul and Diana S. Davenport Multipurpose Room. Organized by the PCC Sustainability Committee, the free event is open to the community.

This year’s event will feature recycled arts and crafts and sustainable products from local businesses, including honey from the Tar River Beekeepers.

McDonald’s in Winterville, one of the first in the state to begin the Good Neighbor, Good Grounds program, gets in the Earth Day spirit on Saturday. McDonald’s has made a commitment to collect its grounds to donate to local gardens instead of adding them to the waste stream. The Making Pitt Fit community garden will join the restaurant on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon to showcase the process of collecting and using the grounds, help children with a recycling and planting activity and offer bags of grounds to community members for their gardens.

All attendees will get a free McCafe coffee with the use of McDonald’s mobile app.


The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children’s annual KidsFest is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Greenville Convention Center.The event provides hands-on activities, games, music and informational displays targeting the growth and development of young children, specifically those up to age 5.