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Blue Monday Shad Fry set for Monday, April 6

The Annual Blue Monday Shad Fry will be held Monday, April 6 in East Arcadia located on the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam #1 in Bladen County and Southeast Columbus County…The Official State Blue Monday Shad Fry.  That’s the law approved by the North Carolina General Assembly on March 6, 2013.  The Legislation was introduced by Rep. William Brisson and Rep. Ken Waddell.
The official document continues:
Whereas, the community of East Arcadia has been holding an Annual Shad Fry on the Monday following Easter Sunday for more than 60 year; and
Whereas, this Annual Shad Fry was founded and financed by Bernard Carter, Chester Graham and Archie Graham around 1950; and
Whereas Jesse Blanks, Wendell Brown, and Jerry Graham have assumed this position since the 1988 death of Mr. Carter; and
Whereas, this event has been supported by local men such as Teddy Hall, John Leslie Carter, Harry Blanks, Curtis Brown, Cleo Spaulding, Odell Graham, George Graham, Sr., and Thurman Blanks, who catch, clean and donate the shad; and
Whereas , this event garners support from Town of East Arcadia and surrounding communities and hosts visitors from across North Carolina and other states such as Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas and Washington; and
Whereas, this is a day of reunion, remembering,and fellowship for all comers with upward of 1,000 individuals attending during the day:
Whereas, it is the desire of the community to continue this tradition; Now, therefore, the General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
The East Arcadia Blue Monday Shad Fry is adopted as the official Blue Monday Shad Fry of the State of North Carolina.
It’s official, it’s Monday, April 6 and the public is invited.
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