camping platformPee Dee Shad Roe-Deo Ropes Support for Platform Campsites

The inaugural Pee Dee Shad Roe-Deo March 23 at Odell Venters Landing in Johnsonville recognizes the culinary heritage of shad and its roe (eggs). The event is supported by Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, Pee Dee Tourism, Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau, Pee Dee Land Trust, City of Johnsonville and the City of Florence.

The purpose of the event is to help finance the building of platform campsites along the Lynches River, which includes the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail, while also marking the historical role shad has played in the East Coast diet since our nation’s founding.

The exciting day includes live music by Rep. Roger Kirby’s band Hercules Farm, a “shadology” lecture by Dr. David Shields of USC, and shad planked by the fire – following the colonial tradition of cooking this legendary fish. We can’t forget the adult drinks! That means beer (a signature fishing brew from Local Motive Brewing), wine and…Fish House Punch, which also harkens back to our roots and is made with lemon juice, pure cane sugar, brandy, rum, and cognac.

Last but not least there will be a silent auction of select items.

Did we mention the fish will be amazing? Traditional recipes include planking shad by the fire, cooking roe in scrambled eggs, and fried shad steaks. Local cooks will be on site to showcase family recipes, and they’ll plank shad that have been nailed to oak boards and set at an angle in front of an open fire.

Friends of Revolutionary Rivers (FORevR) chairperson Barry Frick of River Rat’s Kayak and Canoe Rental said the platform campsites will be game changers. “These campsites, accessible only by the river, will give an opportunity for visiting paddlers to experience Lynches River through multi-day excursions, while ensuring that they are camping at an approved site,” says Frick. “The best part is that the platforms are covered and screened in, providing shelter from the elements.”

Advance ticket purchase is necessary. Tickets are $75 per person, $20 for those under the age of 17, with proceeds going toward the platform campsites. All paid tickets include a commemorative fish hook bracelet. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau seven days a week at 843-664-0330.

About FORevR: FORevR is a community-led organization with non-profit status under the umbrella of the Eastern Carolina Community Foundation. The group’s mission is to protect and promote through active conservation, education, and responsible use, the natural, historic, and recreational resources of the SC Revolutionary Rivers National Recreation Trail within the Pee Dee region.