Salley hosts annual Chitlin’ Strut

  • Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:55 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, November 23, 2012 7:17 a.m.
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From left, Mark Hartley and Lee Garvin cooking chitlins at the 2011 Chitlin Strut Festival in Salley. This year’s festival will have helicopter rides, an idol contest and pictures with Santa.
Aiken Standard file photo From left, Mark Hartley and Lee Garvin cooking chitlins at the 2011 Chitlin Strut Festival in Salley. This year’s festival will have helicopter rides, an idol contest and pictures with Santa.

Showing off hogs, jamming to the Root Doctors and eating Chitlin’s are just a few things to expect on Saturday at Salley’s 47th annual Chitlin’ Strut festival.

More than 20 food vendors, 40 arts and craft vendors and Paper Pro Inc.’s souvenir shop will be open all day, according to Bob Salley, Salley mayor and Chitlin’ Strut festival chairperson.

The traditional Chitlin’ plates will be served boiled and fried at $10 a plate.

A pancake breakfast will be served at the Dean Swamp Masonic Lodge at 7 a.m., proceeded by the Chitlin’ Strut Parade on Main Street at 10 a.m. The Root Doctors will start up its performance on the entertainment stage, while Santa Claus prepares for his photo-ops in the souvenir shop at 11 a.m.

The hog calling contest and car and bike show start at 3 p.m., and the strut contest begins at 3:30 p.m.

Pee Dee Helicopters will offer helicopter rides from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Palmetto Amusements’ carnival rides will start at the same time and end at 9 p.m.

Camping sites with electrical and water hook-ups are available.

Admission is free, though certain events like the helicopter rides will cost money.

“There is beautiful weather in the forecast,” Salley said. “The good Lord has blessed us once again.”

A beauty pageant was held on Nov. 10. Starr Whitten was crowned the Ms. Chitlin’ Strut Scholarship Winner. Regan Addy was crowned the Ms. Chitlin’ Strut Beauty Winner for the 17 to 23 age range, and overall winners were Charlie Brandon for the 0 to 4 age range and Catherine Taylor for the 5 to 16 age range; these winners received $100, according to Becky Brown, Chitlin’ Strut co-chairperson and clerk treasurer.

Today from 6 to 9 p.m., people will be able to show off their singing skills at the festival’s Chitlin’ Strut Idol contest. The competitors are arranged according to their ages, with ages 4 to 12 being in the junior division; ages 13 to 18 in the youth division; and ages 19 and older in the adult division. Three winners will come from each division, winning $50, $75 or $100. The show will be held at Salley Civic Center.

South Carolina Electric & Gas, Security Federal Bank, Aiken County Council, Aiken Electric Cooperative and Sims Recycling Solutions sponsored the event.

The festival has grown from 1,500 to about 30,000 people attending and attracts people all the way from New York, Salley said.

For more information, call 258-3485 or email Salley2@pbtcomm.net.

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