Striped Bass Fest is underway

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 4/20/18

MANNING - The Striped Bass Festival committee couldn't have asked for better weather for the 39th-annual spring event.

With temperatures anticipated to hover around the 70-degree mark with lots of sunshine and a nice breeze, the remaining two …

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MANNING - The Striped Bass Festival committee couldn't have asked for better weather for the 39th-annual spring event.

With temperatures anticipated to hover around the 70-degree mark with lots of sunshine and a nice breeze, the remaining two days of the event are prime days to be outside enjoying Mother Nature and all the good things Clarendon County has to offer.

This afternoon, don't worry about cooking. Get off work and head to the Manning Restaurant, 476 N. Brooks St., where the members of the Manning Lion's Club will be more than happy to serve you a delicious dinner of fried fish and fixin's. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. You can dine in or take out.

Grab a blanket or lawn chair, and claim your spot at the gazebo on West Keitt Street where the festival's opening ceremonies will begin at 6:30 p.m. The popular band Flashback, sponsored by McLeod Health Clarendon, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. If you enjoy all those swirling, twirling and spinning rides, get in line and ride the night away. When all those rides make you hungry, there will be plenty of festival food on hand.

Super Saturday begins early. .. very early before dawn early. The fishing boats participating in the Santee Cooper Open Team Tournament launch at safelight from the John C. Land III Sport Fishing Facility on Potato Creek. The teams will return to the landing for a 3 p.m. weigh-in.

The festival's annual parade gets underway about 10 a.m. The route begins on Old Georgetown Road and meanders south on Brooks Street before turning right onto Boyce Street where it ends.

The smell of the food vendors will have your mouth watering long before the parade ends. Food vendors, on Brooks and Mills streets, will be serving an array of festival foods, including sausage dogs, barbecue, elephant ears, cotton candy, tart refreshing lemonade and those snow cones in a rainbow of flavors.

Arts and crafts vendors will be offering their goodies on Keitt Street. The Sumter Cruisers Truck and Car Show will be showcasing its fabulous roadsters until 4 p.m. in the parking lot at First Baptist Church.

Entertainment will begin at noon at the gazebo off Keitt Street. You will be able to check out the Seacoast Worship team and performances from local dance groups.

The Clarendon County and Manning fire departments will be competing in the Firefighter Combat Challenge beginning at noon at the corner of Boyce and Brooks streets. This year, the small fry firefighters will be able to compete in the Kids Firefighter Challenge.

Don't forget the chairs, a blanket and maybe some sunscreen, and enjoy the 39th-annual Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival.