Striped Bass Festival this weekend

38th annual celebration of favorite area game fish will draw thousands to town


The 38th annual Striped Bass Festival will be Friday through Saturday in Manning.

"The festival is a much-anticipated event in Clarendon County and even outside Clarendon County," said Erika Floyd, Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce director. "We have attendees from all over the state and even outside of South Carolina."

Floyd said the festival will include some new events this year.

"We are adding the Firefighter Combat Challenge," she said." We have partnered with the City of Manning Fire Department and Clarendon County Fire Department, and we'll have the challenge set up where they will have to go up and down several flights of stairs, and they'll have to pull a dummy just to show what kind of shape they are in to keep us safe."

Floyd said firefighters from Orangeburg and Sumter counties will take part in the challenge, which begins at noon Saturday at the corner of Brooks and Boyce streets.

The Santee Cooper Open Team Tournament will have an added incentive this year, Floyd said, as Santee Motors will give a crew-cab pickup to any angler who breaks the state record in the tournament. The tournament will be at the John C. Land III Sports Fishing Facility on Logjam Road, Summerton. Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and a free concert featuring Riptide will be at 7 p.m. at the gazebo next to the Judicial Center, 102. S. Mill St. If it rains, the events will move to the Cypress Center, 50 E. Hospital St., Floyd said.

Not entirely new but returning after several years is the Patty Plop, which will be next to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, 3 S. Church St.

"We grid out an area with 100 spaces, and we will put a cow in the area," Floyd said. "Whatever square the cow 'plops' on, whoever has bought the $100 ticket for that square will win $1,000."

Only 100 will be sold, and tickets are available from the Clarendon Chamber of Commerce through Friday. The event is expected to start about 9 a.m.

Amusement park rides will be available from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Floyd said vendors will be selling a variety of food and crafts in the courthouse area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

"We have a lot of new crafters and vendors," she said.

The Hometown Parade will be at 10 a.m. and will travel down Brooks and Boyce streets, Floyd said. The Car and Truck Show sponsored by Sumter Cruisers will be in the First Baptist Church parking lot at Mill and Boyce streets.

A Children's Art Show will be presented in the Billie S. Fleming Protective Services Building, 42 W. Boyce St., and dance groups will perform Saturday at the gazebo including Dancer's Workshop at 11:30 a.m., Carolina Dance Academy at noon and Dancing Machine at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce at (803) 435-4405.