Barbecue and Elvis songs wafted through the hot fall air during the sixth annual Hook and Cook in Jackson on Saturday.


The Town of Jackson partnered with Redcliffe Elementary School this year, featuring multiple food and craft vendors, games and inflatables for children, a cash prize karaoke contest and a car cruise-in. The Game Dudes van also offered a shady game area for all. The festival included a boat show and antique tractor display in Jackson's Town Pavilion.


“I've lived in Jackson for 49 years, and I love coming to this Festival,” resident Ginger Lucero said. “Everybody gets together, and even all the churches around here get together. The entertainment is great and the karaoke is always fun to watch. Friday was just a good time with the Palmetto Groove Party Band.”


Pork and chicken were on the chopping block during the cook-off by the S.C. Barbeque Association, bringing out barbecue veterans including Danny Haywood, owner of Party Time BBQ. The festival also hosted a fishing tournament, included about 20 teams competing in four categories: bass, striper, panfish and hybrid. Contestants could win prizes between $100 and $1,000.


An Elvis impersonator also serenaded the crowd playing the legendary hits from “Hound Dog” to “Jailhouse Rock,” throwing his red scarf around willing necks in the crowd.


Residents could check out vendors from jewelry to hobby enthusiasts. Harold and Mona Thornton displayed Harold's unique birdhouses for their third straight year, adorned with university emblems including the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.


“We really just like coming and see old faces,” Mona†Thornton said. “We lived in Jackson 25 years before we moved to North Augusta, so now it's like a big homecoming.”


For more information about the Town of Jackson, visit www.jackson-sc.gov.


Maayan Schechter is the city beat reporter with Aiken Standard and started with the paper in July. She has a degree in mass communications-journalism from the University of North Carolina Asheville.