SC Poultry Festival draws thousands
Batesburg-Leesville’s annual South Carolina Poultry Festival drew thousands of visitors from across the state and beyond, Friday and Saturday. First staged in 1987 and called the ridge Poultry Festival, it drew 20,000 visitors; today that number exceeds 100,000. Citizens in attendance availed themselves of over 30 food vendors, carnival rides, more than 120 arts and crafts booths, and a 110 plus unit parade.
The importance of the poultry industry to the economy of South Carolina cannot be overly-emphasized. Producers like Columbia Farms, Amick Farms, and the Gentry Poultry Company are responsible for more than one billion dollars in annual sales, and employ thousands in production and marketing of chickens, turkeys, quail, and eggs. The SC Poultry Festival also contributes to a number of area charities, community causes, and provides scholarships for Poultry Science majors at Clemson University.
Athletes attending the festival were able to take their choice of a 5k run, golf, or volleyball tournament. For classic car buffs, the festival featured a car show with more than 100 entries. From a Model T to a classic 1965 Mustang, a car enthusiast was sure to find the auto of his/her dreams.
Visitors more inclined to view the performing arts were treated to gospel groups such as the Men of Faith and street dancers entertained visitors on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
The festival closed out Saturday evening with one of the state’s largest fireworks shows set to music. Participants left satisfied and eager for next year’s festival. More information on how to support the annual event can be found by calling 888 447 7273.