2017 Santee Cooper Country Calendar of Events

JANUARY 6-8 - 52nd Anniversary Grand American Coon Hunt Orangeburg Fairgrounds - For information call Orangeburg Chamber (803) 534-6821


FEBRUARY American Motorcyclists Assoc. Enduro Race, Manchester State Forest, Sumter. Contact: Sumter CVB (803) 436-2640

19 - 20 - Cabela’s King Kat Catfishing Trail, John C. Land landing. (803) 435-4405.

27 - Celebrate General Francis Marion Memorial. Camp Bob Cooper, Summerton. Living history encampment. (803) 478-2645

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-couny 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 onthe Square - Memorial Plaza, Orangeburg. Variety of shows cars; antique, muscle and new on display. Gina Reynolds (803) 531-6186

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 22 - 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

J. Fogle

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 - 3 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 Cooper Country will be one of the best places in the US to watch. (803) 854-2131

26 - Sept. 10 - 25th Annual Juried Art Show Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner. Mary Bell (843) 899-5200

Labor Day Weekend - 15th 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

TBD - Trash to Treasures - Elloree, 10am to 6pm. Contact Robin Newton (803) 897-2821. Sumter County Fair - Old time county fair, rides, sideshows, exhibits. www.sumterfair.com (803) 775-5200

16 - Swamp Sweep - Old Santee Canal Prk, Moncks Corner. Beach and river sweep (843) 899-5200

19 - Man Street Main Annual Meeting. Celebration of Main Street Manning. Carrie Tribble (803) 435-8477

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

Fall for the Arts. Visual and performing arts celebration. Sumter county museum,

OCTOBER 3 - 9 - Orangeburg County Fair - Fairgrounds (803) 534-0358 Molly McDaniel 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. 101m 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 Troy Deal


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. Joanie Pinter (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


*All dates and events subject to change. Visit our web site www.santeecoopercountry.org for an extensive list of events