Chitlins and a show make up Salley's biggest annual event that takes place later this month.
The 48th Annual Chitlin Strut is Nov. 30 and the 5th Annual Chitlin Strut Idol will be held the night before the festival. Sandra Shealey, organizer of Chitlin Strut Idol, said they're still looking for local talent to hit the stage and belt out their favorite songs.
“We always have a lot of fun with it, and we always have great talent,” Shealey said. “It's a good way for people who like to sing to get some exposure.”
The show is broken up into three talent divisions for three different age groups including junior ages 4 to 13, youth ages 13 to 18 and adult ages 19 and older. Each division will be awarded cash prizes from $50 to $100 if they place first through third.
Shealey said they are taking applications until the night of the show, but the sooner applications are turned in, the better. Participants of the show can bring their own music or choose a song from the emcee.
Shealey said that Brooke Lundy of Aiken, who was on “Star Search,” and up-and-coming country singer Christa Goodwin will be judges at the show.
The Chitlin Strut Festival will be held the following day. Chitlin plates will be sold for $10 starting at 8 a.m., there will be carnival rides, a parade at 10 a.m., hog calling and strut contests, and a car and bike show. Fatback and the Groove Band will perform during the festival.
Chitlin Strut Idol will be held at the Salley Civic Center and is sponsored by Security Federal Bank. The show starts at 6 p.m. but participants are asked to be at the Civic Center by 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for attendees ages 12 and older and $3 for ages 5 to 11. Anyone younger than 5 is admitted for free.
Applications can be found at www.chitlinstrut.com. For more information, call Salley Town Hall at 803-258-3485.
The festival takes place at 230 Pine St. N.W. in Salley.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010.