Bethune Chicken Strut
Bring the family to the home of the Bethune Chicken Strut for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. Rides, vendors, street dances, live music, and equine events provide fun for "kids" of all ages. The Bethune Chicken Strut is a non-profit organization. The proceeds from the festival are distributed throughout the Bethune Community to organizations such as; Bethune Elementary PTO, Bethune Rescue Squad, Bethune Police Department, etc. Their pageant is one of only a few in the state that offers a scholarship of $600+ towards higher education. The Samantha Joy Sullivan Scholarship Award is given to the winning essay contestant along with a beautiful plaque and scholarship money.
All activities are held on the Bethune Elementary School grounds. One major highlight of the festival is the Colgate Country Showdown. The Colgate Country Showdown is in its 28th year and offers novice entertainers the opportunity to advance to Nashville, TN where the winner is awarded $100,000 and a recording contract. Past winners include such notables as Martina McBride and LeAnn Rhimes. The Bethune Chicken Strut is a regional competition with the winner advancing to Atlanta, GA and then to Nashville, TN.
The festival opens on Thursday night with the pageants and also the vendors arrive with a variety of food and gifts for everyone. The opening night is also family night for the carnival in which wrist bands may be purchased for one price to ride and enjoy the carnival for the entire night.
The events on Saturday kick off with a parade with all pageant winners riding in the parade. Other events include: a Truck and Tractor Pull, a baseball tournament, live music, street dancing, and a championship rodeo.
For more information, contact Joe Casey, President of the Bethune Chicken Strut at (803) 261-5248, or contact the Bethune Town Hall at (843) 334-6234.