One-of-a-Kind Festivals in Old 96

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sooiet_relief_bbq_benefit_2Just as dogwoods in bloom, azaleas awash in color, and birdsong announce spring in South Carolina, so, too, does Festival Season.  Arriving in late April, and wrapping up in mid-fall, festivals in the old 96 district of South Carolina promise fun, fellowship, homegrown arts and crafts, music, and plenty of food.  Though similar in form, each one of the festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina are unique in celebration.

It’s been suggested that you could find a festival every weekend of the year here in South Carolina.  While that may well be true, some of the more unusual, entertaining, and culture-rich celebrations are festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina.  From Abbeville’s French Heritage Festival in April, through The Autumn Candlelight Tour in the town of Ninety-Six, Festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina won’t disappoint.


Celebrating History

Musgrove Mill State Park in Clinton, SC is the site of the famous Revolutionary War Battle of Musgrove Mill, in which the lesser-manned Patriots fought back and won against the British.  The Encampment Weekend commemorates this event through re-enactments, as well as providing insight into   Colonial life.  Many other opportunities for history buffs and fun-seekers alike abound in Musgrove Mill.  The Encampment Weekend takes place April 25th and 26th this year.


McCormick’s Gold Rush Festival takes place September 19th this year.  The annual festival kicks off with a parade through downtown McCormick, continues throughout the day with a celebration of heritage, history, food and fun.  The town that boasts “We’re Sittin’ on a Goldmine” is also home to a gifted community of local artisans.


Popular Festivals

Festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina include two of the region’s biggest celebratory draws.  Greenwoods Festival of Flowers is a horticultural heaven for the hobby gardner and learned botanist alike.  This year marks the 47th for this renown celebration of all-things-blooming.  Guest speakers, historic tours, topiary displays and a juried art show are just some of the events going on during the South Carolina Festival of Flowers in Greenwood.

Greenwood’s Festival of Discovery is another one of the more well-known festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina.  Held this year July 9th-11th, the Festival of Discovery has grown in size and significance since it began in 2000.  BBQ & Blues are the annual theme and nowhere else is the celebration of both as exciting.  As a Kansas City Barbecue Society Sanctioned event, competition is fierce. Music is another draw to this festival. From local blues bands, to legends in the genre, music permeates the air along with the tantalizing aroma of smokey barbecue.  A good time, indeed!


Small Town-Big Fun

Though perhaps not as large as some of the festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina, the town of Laurens utilizes the town square for some of the more fun and unique festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina.

In May the Sip and Stroll event encourages folks to take a peak at the downtown areas unique shops, sample some of the local fare, and sip a favorite libation,  while enjoy local musicians and artisans in a relaxed atmosphere.

Squealin’ on the Square, a celebration of all-things-barbecue, brings the areas pit masters together for a competition where the real winner is you.  Sampling barbecue is just one of the benefits to Squealin’ on the Square.

Festivals in the Old 96 District of South Carolina may well be an area pastime.  But, what better way to explore Old 96 than wandering the towns, discovering hidden treasures and living in the moment?

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June 1, 2015
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