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.
Back by popular demand!! August 24-26, 2017 Bring your family to the home of the Bethune Chicken Strut for a weekend of family fun and entertainment. There will be rides, vendors, street dances, live music, and equine events providing 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 the Bethune Fire Department, the Bethune Rescue Squad, the Bethune Boy Scouts Post, and the Bethune Police Department.
All activities are held in downtown Bethune and the at the Kershaw County Recreation Department of Bethune. One major highlight of the festival will be the beauty pageant, which will begin on Thursday evening for ages: newborn to nine years old. On Friday evening, it will continue for ages: ten to twenty.
The events on Saturday will kick off with the parade consisting of all pageant winners. Other events include a petting zoo, golf and softball tournaments, live music, street dancing, a 5K race, a poker run, a championship rodeo and an antique car show.
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.
For more information, contact Stacy Cobb, President of the Bethune Chicken Strut at (843) 861-4211, or contact the Bethune Town Hall at (803) 334-6234.