The Efland Seafood Festival is hoping to make a big splash in its return April 29 and 30. The event raises money for the Hillsborough Sport Fishing Club’s annual fishing trip for veterans, along with other veteran outdoor groups across the state.
The festival is promising food for all tastes, and entertainment for all ages. Nashville recording artist Brooke McBride tops the bill, 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 in TV shows and awards promos; has herself been spotlighted on nationally syndicated 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 gained from sponsorships to take wounded veterans to the coast for a fishing trip. But sponsors can be hard to come by, and offer inconsistent support. Rose decided to take a gamble. He believed 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 gift to local injured military veterans, and to make contributions to other veterans groups in the states.
As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have continued to garner less attention, Rose said he expects crowds for the festival to be in the ballpark of 6,000 people over the two days.
Along with the music offerings, the fire performer Mystery Hoops will take part in the entertainment; there will be horse rides, face painting, stilt walkers, and a fishing pond for kids.
And, of course, there will be seafood. “Anything you can think of,” Rose said. “When you get in gate you get a plate of fish and shrimp, which is included. The cost is $20 on Friday, and $25 on Saturday. We give you a plate of fish and shrimp, and there’ll 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 favorite) Ricky Dodson steaming all kinds of stuff. We’ve got the Lost Cajun from Burlington, bringing Gator Bites, crawfish, and gumbo.”
And if seafood isn’t your thing, Rose said the festival will have hamburgers, hot dogs, and barbecue available for sale.
The Efland Seafood Festival takes place April 29 and 30, at the Efland Ruritan Club Rodeo Grounds at 3009 Forrest Ave., in Efland.
For more information, go to: www.hillsboroughsfc.com/seafood-festival.
By Dale Edwards/Mebane Enterprise