Shriners serve up N.C. seafood for a good cause

Amran Shriners will be serving N.C. flounder and shrimp to benefit local children at the 2012 Got to Be NC Festival.

When you come to the Got to Be NC Festival at the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend, be sure to stop by the Amran Shriners’ mobile kitchen for a plate of N.C. flounder or shrimp. That plate will not only fuel you up for a full day of fun, it will also benefit children in need of medical care in our community.

Money raised from the fish fry will help provide free transportation and medical care to area children being treated at one of the 22 Shriners Hospitals in North America.  The hospitals specialize in the treatment of burns, spinal injuries and orthopedic conditions.

The Amran Shriners’ Fish Fry will be set up all three days of the festival to raise funds for the Shriners Hopsitals for Children. Visitors can purchase a plate with their choice of either N.C. flounder or shrimp for $8, or enjoy both flounder and shrimp for $10. All plates include slaw, hushpuppies, fries and a drink.

The Shriners raised $4,000 during the festival last year and are hoping to raise just as much this year. We spoke to Connie Altman, chairman of the Amran Shriners’ mobile kitchen (which also makes an appearance at the N.C. State Fair), about how Shriners help children in our community. Check out his response in the video below:

The Shriners’ Fish Fry is just one way you can enjoy local food at the Got to Be NC Festival May 18-20. You also can sample and purchase the best of Got to Be NC products at the Food and Wine Expo, try a variety of N.C. barbecues at the seventh annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig and support dozens of local food vendors located throughout the fairgrounds. If you love local food, this is the festival for you. Plan your trip today at

About Bearded Lady

Paul Jones blogged for the 2009-2012 N.C. State Fairs. Here's his bio from 2009: Paul Jones, here (a.k.a. Bearded Lady). I love the N.C. State Fair. I love the rides, I love the food, but my favorite part of the Fair is the displays of the unusual. The two-headed snake, the world’s smallest woman, the world’s tallest horse and the list goes on. Originally from South Carolina, I hope that I can bring a different perspective to this blog as I shed light on some of the ordinary, yet extraordinary, aspects of this year’s Fair.

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