The East Acadia Blue Monday Shad Fry became the official Blue Monday Shad Fry of the State of North Carolina when Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill No. 241 on July 18, 2013.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2013-282
HOUSE BILL 241
AN ACT to make the Blue Monday shad fry 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.
Whereas, the community of East Arcadia has been holding an Annual Shad Fry on the Monday following Easter Sunday for more than 60 years; 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 Bowen, Cleo Spaulding, Odell Graham, George Graham, Sr., and Thurman Blanks, who catch, clean, and donate the shad; and
Whereas, this event garners support from the 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; and
Whereas, it is the desire of the community to continue this tradition; Now, therefore,
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 145‑33 is amended by adding a new subsection to read:
"§ 145-33. State Shad festival. Festival; Blue Monday Shad Fry.
(a) The Grifton Shad Festival is adopted as the official Shad Festival of the State of North Carolina.
(b) The East Arcadia Blue Monday Shad Fry is adopted as the official Blue Monday Shad Fry of the State of North Carolina."
SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law.
s/ Daniel J. Forest
President of the Senate
s/ Thom Tillis
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Pat McCrory
Approved 6:14 p.m. this 18th day of July, 2013
Brisson, William D., and Ken Waddell. "House Bill 241 / S.L. 2013-282." North Carolina General Assembly. The State of North Carolina, 18 Jul 2013. Web. 19 Jul 2013.
Blue Monday: by David Cecelski for the North Carolina Folklife Institute. Five year article referencing the Blue Monday Shad Fry in East Acadia. Note that the location has changed.
East Acadia, North Carolina: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
More symbols & emblems: Complete list of official North Carolina state symbols from NETSTATE.COM.