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Underwater Bicycle Race

Underwater Bicycle Race,Beaufort

The Annual Underwater Bike Race, held off the shore of Indian Beach at the Indra wreckage site, draws intrepid participants each year. Contestants decorate their bikes (and themselves), don scuba gear and race to the finish – underwater.
It matters not how rider and bike finish, as long as they both cross the finish line. Spectators can view the action by charter boat or by snorkeling or scuba diving. The event benefits the Mile of Hope children’s cancer group.

Grifton Shad Festival, Grifton

The idea of a town festival for a fish wasn’t met with much enthusiasm when the local extension agent first suggested the concept in 1969. The shad, after all, is small and bony, fun to catch but hard to eat.

But the mayor proclaimed, “We don’t have to eat shad – they don’t eat azaleas at the Azalea Festival or mules during Mule Days!” And the Grifton Shad Festival was born. The festival has gained favor every year, with over 30 events, ranging from clogging and crafts to canoe races, historical exhibits and golf. Perhaps the most popular event is the “Lying Competition,” where some pretty tall tales are brought forth in the best Southern storytelling tradition. Find more information at www.grifton.com/shadfest.html




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