The inaugural event in 2019 featured shad planked around an open fire, poached shad, and roe with scrambled chicken eggs. Fish House Punch, a favorite of our Founding Fathers, was a real hit. Desserts included George Washington’s favorite currant bread, following a recipe passed down by Mary Washington.
Dr. David Shields from USC, a food historian, spoke about the crucial role shad played in colonial times. Traditional methods of wood carving, blacksmithing, and weaving were demonstrated. A select silent auction included pottery created by Sasha Federer, night sky photography by Christopher Neal, and handcrafted items.
The proceeds from the Pee Dee Shad Roe-deo are used to build platform campsites along the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail on Lynches Scenic River.