The Efland Seafood Festival is hoping to make a splash when it returns on April 29-30. The event raises funds for the Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club’s annual fishing trip for veterans, as well as other veteran outdoor groups across the state.
The festival promises food for all tastes and entertainment for all ages. Nashville artist Brooke McBride headlines, along with other local favorites – the Mason Lovette Band, Shadowhawk, the Back Porch Orchestra and Megan Doss. McBride, who was born and raised in Asheboro, has had several of her singles featured on TV shows and awards promos; has herself been featured on nationally broadcast radio shows; and was in 2013 nominated for Best Female Country Artist.
The Efland Seafood Festival is the brainchild of Terry Rose, president of the Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club. The organization, for years, had used money earned from sponsorships to take injured veterans to the coast for a fishing trip. But sponsors can be hard to find and offer inconsistent support. Rose decided to take a bet. He thought he could create an event that would attract enough of the community hungry for good fresh seafood and allow the Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club to continue its annual donation to local injured military veterans and make contributions to others. groups of veterans in the states. .
As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have continued to draw less attention, Rose said he expects crowds for the festival to be in the region of 6,000 over the two days.
In addition to the musical offerings, the late artist Mystery Hoops will participate in the entertainment; there will be horseback riding, face painting, stilt walkers and a fishing pond for children.
And, of course, there will be seafood. “Anything you can think of,” Rose said. “When you walk in the door you get a plate of fish and prawns, which is included. The cost is $20 on Friday and $25 on Saturday. You are given a plate of fish and shrimp, and there will be other options at the table. You can pay for oysters if you want. You can pay for devil crabs, scallops, all fried. We have (local seafood favourite) Ricky Dodson steaming all sorts of things. We have Burlington’s Lost Cajun, which offers Gator Bites, crawfish and okra.
And if seafood isn’t your thing, Rose said the festival will have burgers, hot dogs and barbecues for sale.
The Efland Seafood Festival takes place April 29-30 at the Efland Ruritan Club Rodeo Grounds at 3009 Forrest Ave., Efland.
For more information, visit: www.hillsboroughsfc.com/seafood-festival.