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Signature Events

Check out the Spring and Summer events in Santee Cooper Country!

MARCH

4 – Miss Clarendon Scholarship Pageant

Jamie Lee (803) 433-4333

4 – Princess of Roses and Queen of Roses Pageants Stevenson Auditorium, Orangeburg

Contact: Zachary Tarrant (803) 533-6020

11 – 18th Annual Shuckin in the Park. 1PM Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

Enjoy food, games, and music. Brad Sale (843) 899-5200

16 – Tri-county Chamber Spring Golf Tournament

Holly Hill Country Club. Kathy Wagers (843) 563-9091

17 – Little Texas. Weldon Auditorium, Manning

Sharron Haley (803) 433-7469 25 – 55th Annual Elloree Trials – Great day of tailgating and horse racing. Call (803) 897-2616 for information.

26 – Santee Easter Egg Hunt, Santee Cultural Arts Center

Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

31 – April 2 – Catfish Festival – St. Stephen

Catfish stew cook-off, vendors, rides, live music. Town Hall (843) 567-3597

31 – April 2 – Flowertown Festival – Summerville

One of the top 20 events in SC. Arts & crafts. food vendors, music. Linda Walton (843) 871-9622.

APRIL

1- 5th Annual Car Show on the Square – Memorial Plaza, Orangeburg

Variety of shows cars; antique, muscle and new on display. Gina Reynolds (803) 531-6186

1- Festival on the Avenue, Sumter

Arts, crafts, entertainment from the African-American community. (803) 436-2640

1 – Community Yard Sale – Santee, Town Hall Complex

Linda Shipley (803) 854-2152 ext. 204

6-8 – Puddin Swamp Festival Turbeville

This 3-day event includes the Taste of Puddin Swamp, bands, street dance, kritter kontest. Contact: Turbeville Town Hall (843) 659-2781

13- Main Street Manning Easter Egg Hunt Gibbons St. Park, Manning

For children 12 and under. Carrie Tribble (803) 435-8477 13 – Santee Easter Egg Hunt. Cultural Arts Center. For Children 10 and under.

Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

14-15 – Annual Governor’s Frog Jump – Town of Springfield, SC

Friday and Saturday before Easter. Entertainment, food, games, frog jump, egg strike, and egg hunt.

Contact: Springfield Town Hall (803) 258-3152

21-22 – Striped Bass Festival

Celebration of Spring. Rides, parade, carnival, vendors & music. Clarendon County Chamber (803) 435-4405 TBD – Shriners’ Catfish Tournament. Canal Lakes Fish Camp, Cross.(843) 753-2271

2 – Santee Cooper Open Team Tournament

John C. Land Landing, Manning. 5 fish limit bass tournament with guaranteed $5,000 first place. Erica Floyd (803) 435-4405 26 – Back Country Shrimp Fest. Sumter County Museum, Sumter. (803) 775-0908 TBD – Annual Showcase Orangeburg – Stevenson Auditorim. Variety show featuring area talent. (803) 533-6020

21-22 – Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival Downtown Manning

The festival day includes a parade, carnival rides, vendors, music and much more. Clarendon County Chamber. Ericka Floyd (803) 435-4405.

MAY

5-7 – Orangeburg Festival of Roses

Three-day event. Edisto Memorial Gardens Parks & Rec. Dept. Held to celebrate the beginning of the rose blooming season. Food, crafts, and entertainment. (803) 533-6020

5 – Festival of Roses Street Dance. 7pm-10pm. downtown. Carolina Back Country. Sumter county museum. Sumter

Living history demonstrations (803) 775-0908 The Black Cowboy Festival Greenfield Farms, Rembert, SC. Explore the lives of the black cowboys! (803) 499-9658

18-20 – Bird Fest. Pineland Farm, Panola, SC

Bluegrass, camping, family fun. ( 803) 435-4405

26-28 – Sumter Iris Festival

The irises are in full bloom and so is the fun at SC’s oldest continuous festival! Arts and crafts, food, music and more. For more information, call 800-688-4748, Sumter CVB

Memorial Day Weekend – 15th Annual Bluegrass & Country Music Hoedown – Santee

Three days of live music & entertainment 10 to 12 bands. Free. Lone Star BBQ & Merchantile (803) 854-2000

May – October – Downtown Friday Nights Outdoor Concert Series

Fourth Friday each month, Brody Pavilion, downtown Sumter. 6-8 p.m. Beach/variety music, food, and drinks, fun for the entire family. Free admission. (803) 436-2640.

JUNE

1 thru August 9 – Spray Park. Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg

(803) 533-6020

10 – Goat Island Boat Club Poker Run. John C. Land landing, Summerton

(803) 435-4405

JULY

4 – Elloree 4th of July. Picnic, Patriotic program, fireworks

Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821.

AUGUST

5 – 42nd Annual Big Daddy Fishing Tournament

Mother or Father fishing with 3 to 12 yrs. old. Free. Every child goes home a winner. Santee State Park (803) 854-2408

21 – Total Solar Eclipse

Santee, SC- Santee Cooper Country will be one of the best viewing locations in the country for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse with totality ranging from 2 minutes 34 seconds in Moncks Corner to 2 minutes 35 seconds in Santee. Events are being planned to celebrate this rare and spectacular event that hasn’t happened in nearly 100 years. When the moon completely blocks out the sun, make plans to view the eclipse at one of several prime local viewing locations including the Santee Town Hall Complex on Bass Drive. Bring a lawn chair, a picnic lunch and enjoy live entertainment from local Orangeburg band “Visions” from 11:00- 3:00. Solar eclipse glasses, bottled water and commemorative fans will be free to the public while supplies last. Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, with 171,000 acres of water offers limitless opportunities of unobstructed viewing options, including a 100-boat flotilla departing from Santee State Park or the two-mile bridge spanning Lake Marion in Santee. Santee Cooper Country has something to offer everyone for this once in a lifetime event. Visit www.SanteeCooperCountry.org for additional information or call us at (803) 854-2131

26 – Sept. 10 – 25th Annual Juried Art Show Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner

Mary Bell (843) 899-5200

Labor Day Weekend15th Annual Lone Star Bluegrass & Country Music Jamboree Santee

4 days of live music. (803) 854-2000

SEPTEMBER

8-10 – Annual Bowman Harvest Festival – Beauty pageant, parade, vendors, rides, dancing in the street, gospel singing. Contact: Melvn Felder 803-829-2666. Sumter County Fair – Old time

Sumter County Fair – Old time county fair, rides, sideshows, exhibits. www.sumterfair.com (803) 775-5200 16 – Swamp Sweep – Old Santee Canal

16 – Swamp Sweep – Old Santee Canal Prk, Moncks Corner. Beach and river sweep (843) 899-5200 19 – Man Street Main Annual Meeting.

22 – 24 – 49th Raylrode Daze – Three Day festival in Branchville. festival commemorates Branchville’s railroad heritage. Call Tom Jennings (803) 274-8831

OCTOBER

3 – 9 – Orangeburg County Fair – Fairgrounds (803) 534-0358 Molly McDaniel 13-14

13-14 – October Fest – St. Stephens, Hwy 52 & 45, (843) 567-3597. Firemen’s Competition, free to public, live entertainment, vendors, rides.

15 – Carolina Backcountry Harvest – Sumter County Museum. Travel back in time to the early 1800’s with costumed demonstrators who bring history to life. 10am to 4pm. (803) 775-0908, Living history demonstrations

TBD – Arts & Antiques Festival – Elloree, Antiques, art vendors, food and more. Robin Newton (803) 897-2821

19 – Captain’s Choice Fall Golf Tournament Tri-County Chamber – Santee National Golf course, Santee (843) 563-8187

20-21 – 14th Francis Marion/Swamp Fox Symposium – Explore the Revolutionary War Southern Campaign with Francis Marion. (803) 478-2645 www.francismarionsymposium.com

27-30 – Manchester Trail Riders Fall Ride. Pinewood, SC. Annual Equestrian event. (803) 773-1308

31 – Trunk or Treat – Trick or treating and games. Elloree – Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821. clerk@elloree.com

NOVEMBER

11 – Hanahan Arts & Crafts Festival. Hanahan. Arts, crafts, food. City of Hanahan (843) 554-4221

13 – 15 – 14th Annual Hill’s Landing Catfish Tournament – Hill’s Landing in Cross (843) 753-2731

13 – 19 & 24 – Dec. 1 – Creche Festival – Mepkin Abbey, Moncks Corner. Special exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world. (843) 761-8509

17 – Carolina Backcountry Oyster Roast Sumter County Museum (803) 775-0908

18 – Tinsel Trot, 5th Annual Holiday Fun Run/Walk. Sneak peak of Celebrate the Season. Moncks Corner, Old Santee Canal Park. Brad Sale (843) 899-5200

22 – Jan. 1 – Lighting of the Children’s Garden Christmas and Kid’s Walk – Edisto Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg – Thousands of lights including still and animated displays for children of all ages. (803) 533-6020 Orangeburg Parks & Rec. Dept.

24 – Dec. 30 – Celebrate the Season. Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. Driving light tour. Live entertainment, food and crafts show on the weekends. (843) 899-5200 Brad Sales

DECEMBER

1 – 31- Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights – The gardens come to life nightly in a twinkling holiday wonderland Over 1 million lights. Swan Lake Iris Gardens, West Liberty Street (US 763), Sumter. Dusk until 9 p.m. nightly. Free admission. (803) 436-2640

1-2 – Prelude to Christmas Festival – Holly Hill, Parade, crafts, children’s activities, trackless train. (803) 496-3330

4 – Orangeburg Christmas Parade – 3pm (803) 534-6821

6 – Lessons and Carols – Luminary Service – Santee Conference Center -Traditional service with local pastors and choirs. Memorial luminary service follows. (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

10 – A Small Town Christmas Parade – Elloree, Streetlights, Santa, music. Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821.

10 – Santee Christmas Parade – Floats, music, marching units. Joanie Pinter (803) 854-2152 Ext. 203

10- Carolina Backcountry Christmas. A delightful afternoon filled with the sights, smells & tastes o Christmas in 1800. 2 – 4pm Sumter County Museum (803) 775-0908

1 – 31- Swan Lake Fantasy of Lights – The gardens come to life nightly in a twinkling holiday wonderland Over 1 million lights. Swan Lake Iris Gardens, West Liberty Street (US 763), Sumter. Dusk until 9 p.m. nightly. Free admission. (803) 436-2640