I just want to get this out there. I love rice. I mean, I really love rice. As a kid, I once made and ate a rice sandwich. (I think even as a child, I realized that this was probably not the best diet.)
So the Colleton County Rice Festival
was right up my alley.
I expected lots of rice, rice dishes and the usual festival food trucks, but I was not prepared for the wide variety of entertainment and food available in this family-friendly atmosphere.
There were dozens of craft vendors from woodworkers and tanners to quilters and jewelry makers with everything in between.
The kids had a park full of amusement rides including a giant slide, one of those rides that spins you around so fast you are stuck to the outside wall of the ride and flying spaceships. There was face-painting, cotton candy and two stages with bands playing.
And, there was food, mostly rice.
Meat and rice dishes called “pirlou” (in various and sundry spellings) were available from several vendors, as were fried fish, shrimp and other seafood. The folks from Palmetto Corn from the Bluffton area came up to make and sell fresh kettle corn (YUM!) and there were frozen lemon ice stands, self-serve snow-cones and elephant ears and funnel cakes, just like at the fair.
The bands were all-local as well. Common Ground Bluegrass
whose members live along the coast played at City Hall and Walterboro’s own rock-and-roll cover band Straight Shooter SC
played at the food court.
And that was all just Friday night. The three-day festival includes a parade, dog shows, a horseshoe tournament, a rice cooking contest, a fun run and golf and tennis tournaments.
There also is a beauty pageant the weekend before the festival and the Taste of Walterboro was held Tuesday.
If you’re like me, or even just like rice a little, make plans to attend next year. It’s in late April and is a real treat.