Looking for something besides the NFL draft? Shad Fest awaits you

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The NFL draft isn’t the only game around this weekend.


Lambertville, N.J., will be holding its 36th annual Shad Fest celebrating the migratory river herring that once swelled local rivers before dams eliminated most of its spawning grounds, and pollution and over- harvesting took their toll.

The event, which is expected to draw about 30,000, features about 80 artists and craft dealers, face painting and other games, educational activities including learning how to test water quality and, of course, food.






The celebration kicks off Friday night with some lively entertainment including the Roxey Ballet, a cutting edge, contemporary ballet that produces out-of-the box dances.




On Saturday and Sunday, the free rain or shine event which has become one of the largest in the Garden State runs 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Food choices include fried calamari, hot dogs, hamburgers, tacos, and the local favorite shad chowder.

Shad is sometimes called the “fish that fed the nation’s founders.” George Washington’s troops in Valley Forge fished for shad in the Schulykill. The fish is not listed as endangered but the numbers are considered low according to the Chesapeak Bay Program.


















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