Swansboro Mullet Festival wraps up after nearly 15,000 come out on Sunday

SWANSBORO, N.C. (WNCT)- The 61st annual Swansboro Mullet Festival wrapped up Sunday after nearly 15,000 people came out to the event.

Although the festival received rain on Satuday, Sunday’s beautiful weather helped bring in more people and make it more comfortable to shop, dance, and eat plenty of food.

The Mullet Festival began in 1954 to celebrate the opening of the new bridge in Swansboro where local mullet fishermen held a fishfry in its honor.

The event is Swansboro’s largest festival of the year and attracts people from all across the state.

The event also immensely benefits local businesses. One shop owner says the event brings in the most money for him all year.

“It’s probably my largest day during the year as far as retail sales,” said Joe Rhue, Owner of Poor Man’s House in downtown Swansboro.

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