Ayden Collard Festival parade participants will line up at Ayden Elementary School and Ayden Middle School no later than 10 a.m. Saturday.
    The parade beings promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Collard Festival Saturday. The route will begin at the schools, travel east on Third Street, turn north on West Avenue and west on Second Street back to the elementary and middle schools.

Parade Route

Join us for
the Collard Festival Parade

    Come to Ayden early to get a good spot to view one of the largest parades held in the State. Each year there are over 100 entries in the parade including marching bands, floats, classic cars, modern cars, shrine units, and more!


Thursday, September 7:
4:00 - 10:00 pm - Wristband Night

Rides & Attractions
Rides Open:
Friday, September 8 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 9 at 11:00 am

Location: West Avenue Stage
    We would like to thank Bum's Restaurant for supplying COLLARDS for the collard eating contest over the last 40 years!
    The Annual Collard Eating contest will crown one male and one female as the Collard eating champions. The first place male and the first place female will each receive $100.
    The only rule: contestants must eat each pound of collards completely and anything may be added to them while eating them. Contestants will have 30 minutes to eat as many collards as possible and will have to keep them down long enough to collect the prize.
    A total of 16 contestants will be accepted for entry. So come early if you want some collards! Contestants must be at least 18 years of age.

Collard Eating Contest

Map of the Event

   Collard Festival T-shirts may be purchased during the Collard Festival in the parking lot adjacent to Town Hall.

   For more information on this year’s or previous years’ T-shirts, please email Sarah Radcliff at

Contact Us

Send information or request to:
Ayden Collard Festival
P.O. Box 186
Ayden, NC 28513

You may also send an email to the following address and a committee member will be sure to respond in a timely manner.
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