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South Carolina Summer Festivals

Summer means old-fashioned festival time in South Carolina. A number of the state’s small towns host events during the summer highlighting peaches, watermelon, barbecue, and the blues. There are always plenty of activities to entertain everyone in the family. Here are some of the most popular festivals to visit this summer.

The South Carolina Peach Festival celebrates one of the state’s most important agricultural products. The 2013 festival will take place July 11-20 in Gaffney. A variety of special activities are scheduled over two weekends. Attendees will enjoy a parade, arts and crafts, road races, carnival rides, a golf tournament, a mud sling, and plenty of live musical entertainment. A highlight of the festival is the opportunity to sample great barbecue at the “Wing Ding” as well as a selection of delicious peach desserts.

Lexington County also hosts a long-running peach festival. The 55th Lexington County Peach Festival is scheduled to take place on July 4 in the town of Gilbert. Festival activities will include a parade, an antique car and tractor show, arts and crafts, a Revolutionary War reenactment, live music all day, and a peach recipe contest. Attendees can enjoy peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach sundaes, and peach tea. The festival concludes with a large Independence Day fireworks display at 10pm.

The South Carolina Festival of Discovery is scheduled for July 11-13 in Greenwood. This event features three days of barbecue and blues music. More than 80 teams are expected to participate in the barbecue competition for $15,000 in prize money. The Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctions the event. At Taster’s Choice, attendees can sample many different barbecues and vote for their favorite. Adults can enjoy live music each evening during the BluesCruise. Attendees can move from venue to venue downtown as they listen to featured performers for 2013 including Shrimp City Slim, The King Bees, Gail Storm, Luckyman Beall, and Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues. Kids of all ages will enjoy the amusement rides throughout the festival.

Pageland, South Carolina, in Chesterfield County, is known as the Watermelon Capital of the World. The Pageland Watermelon Festival has provided old fashioned fun for the family since 1951. The 2013 festival is scheduled for July 19-20. Highlights will include a parade, arts and crafts, a car and motorcycle show, a rodeo, softball game, carnival rides, and live music. Children can enjoy a variety of activities at the Children’s Stage. Attendees can take part in a watermelon eating contest or a seed spitting contest. The Pageland Watermelon Festival has grown to be one of the top festivals in the state.