When there’s this much okra and this much strutting, one day just isn’t enough.

The Irmo Okra Strut Festival returned after a year off due to the pandemic with a day and two nights of celebration at Irmo Community Park.

“After a year of COVID-19 shutdown, we are back,” said Irmo Mayor Barry Walker. “This is the time of the year when the season changes, the leaves turn colors and the okra harvest is in full swing.”

The fun began Friday night with vendors, games, rides and live music in a scene reminiscent of the State Fair. Local favorites The Finesse Band and American Idol winner Candice Glover performed.

Saturday began early with the Okra Strut Parade, billed by festival organizers as “the biggest and longest running parade in the state of South Carolina.”

A day of fun in the park followed, with local performers of all kinds on stage, rides and vendors busy, and lots of food and drink for sale, highlighted by the festival’s namesake. 

Saturday night, the focus turned to the amphitheater stage, where TikTok star Cooper Alan got the crowd warmed up for the festival headliner, Sister Hazel.

This year is the 47th Okra Strut, founded by the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club as a fundraiser to pay for the construction of the town’s first library.

More information is available at okrastrut.com.

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Deep-fried okra. Pickled okra pods. And now...okra "fries". Unfortunately you have to go to either Asheville NC or Decatur GA to an innovative Indian restaurant Chai Pani to get this wondrous appetizer. They're not giving out the recipe.https://www.instagram.com/p/CTX3rhOLeaU/

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