There are several unique festivals held year-round throughout the county. Our festivals reflect the celebratory atmosphere in the community that is highlighted even more at certain times of the year. The Bethune Chicken Strut Festival and The Elgin Catfish Stomp focus on family fun with entertainment for all ages while the Blues Festival and Bluejeans, Bluegrass, BBQ & Oysters festivals focus on the art of music. Each festival has its own flair and a uniqueness of its own and have been fixtures in Kershaw County for many years.
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 (803) 334-6234.
In its thirteenth year, the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival continues to be a must-do weekend in Camden featuring legendary international talent. Each year the festival boasts several performances by 20 different bands at a variety of sites. The festival features blues for all tastes from traditional acoustic and classic soul to horn-driven funk and powers blues rock--and all points in between. Performances take place in a variety of intimate venues--both indoors and out--bringing you the best in blues artistry, up close and personal, the way it is meant to be experienced.
For more information, contact The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County at (803) 725-7676, or visit them online at www.fineartscenter.org.
Bluejeans, Bluegrass, BBQ & Oysters
Kick off Colonial Cup weekend with an exciting mix of art, music, BBQ, and mouth-watering steamed oysters. This annual event features an art exhibit, in the Bassett Gallery of the Fine Arts Center, and live music by the Hunt Family Fiddlers. The Hunts are a family of NINE world-ranked step dancers and champion fiddlers. They put on a must-see show.
This event is an fund raiser for The Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County and tickets include a plate of BBQ with all the fixings, plus succulent all-you-can-shuck steamed oysters, the music of The Hunt Family Fiddlers, and cash bars serving beer, wine, mixed drinks, coffee & liqueurs and soft drinks.
Elgin Catfish Stomp
The town of Elgin jumps with excitement during this annual pre-Christmas festival. The festival has been re-organized somewhat because of the commercial construction on the primary festival site since the last event. A parade, children's activities, gospel singing, and lots of mouth-watering Catfish Stew top off the fun. The Catfish Stomp is held annually the first Saturday in December.
The Blaney Fire Department and some of our local volunteer firemen cook up and serve some of the best catfish stew you will ever eat. Fried catfish and <a href="http://www.golfbuy.org" style="color: #34614c; font-size: 16px; font-weight: 400;text
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For more information, contact Elgin Town hall for more information at (803) 438-2362, Monday to Friday, between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.