Celebrate SC in August with Fairs, Rodeos, Boiled Peanuts and Car Racing

By:Page Ivey

Date:7/14/2016

August means heading back to school and the winding down of summer, but there are plenty of reasons to get outside in South Carolina. From rodeos to fairs, boiled peanuts to car racing – summer fun isn’t over yet.

Here’s a sampling:

Aug. 5

Columbia

Here’s a perfect solution to cooling off on a famously hot Columbia night. Brew at the Zoo offers the chance to wander through Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, sample a wide variety of cold beer and listen to live music. You must be 21 to enter, and tickets should be purchased in advance.

Aug. 6

Myrtle Beach

Hot summer nights and fast cars come together at the Myrtle Beach Speedway.Cars from NASCAR Whelen All-American Series late models to mini-stocks, super trucks and vintage cars will circle the oval. Grandstands open at 6 p.m., with racing starting at 7:45. There’s even a chance for fans to meet and greet the drivers before the first race.

Aug. 5-6

Blacksburg

Calf roping, steer wrestling and bull riding are all part of the show at the 48th annual Ed Brown’s Championship Rodeo. Gates open at 5 p.m. each day, with the rodeo starting at 8 p.m. Along with the serious competition, there is plenty of fun with rodeo clowns, live bands and trick riders. There’s even a calf scramble for the kids. Get your tickets in advance or at the gate.

Aug. 12-13

Pelion

Boiled peanuts are a South Carolina tradition, and the Lexington County town of Pelion celebrates them in style each year at the South Carolina Peanut Party. The fun starts at 5 p.m. Aug. 12 with the blessing of the pots. The weekend features a parade, exhibits, amusement rides and festival food. Don’t miss the P-nut butter and jelly sandwich eating contest (but be sure you register in advance if you want to compete).

Aug. 20

Clinton

The Sunrise Battlefield Tour at the Musgrove Mill State Historic Site offers a chance to experience the feel of a Revolutionary War battlefield 235 years after the Battle of Musgrove Mill. Rangers will guide you along the trail as the sun rises, explaining the significance of the battle where outnumbered Patriot militia outlasted the Loyalists. The sunrise tour is a once-a-year program, so reserve your spot by calling 864.938.0100.

Aug. 25

Easley

The Upper South Carolina State Fair opens Aug. 25 and runs through Sept. 5 at the Greenville Pickens Speedway in Easley. The midway offers all the fair food you could want, along with rides, shows and carnival games. Don’t miss the pig racing and the demolition derby. It’s a good warm-up for the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia Oct. 12-23.

Aug. 26-27

Williamston

One of the country’s oldest public parks – Mineral Spring Park in Williamston – is the home of the annual Spring Water Festival. The mineral spring was discovered on the property in 1842, and the land was later turned over to the small Anderson County town for a park. The spring still bubbles on the site, and the annual festival celebrates the town and the park with live music, food, games and a car show.

Aug. 27

Greenville

Grab your pup and get ready to run. The 2-mile Mutt Strut, South Carolina’s largest dog-friendly race, starts at 8:30 a.m. on the Greenville Tech campus. Last year, more than 1,800 people and 1,500 dogs participated in the run along the Swamp Rabbit Trail. There also will be refreshments, entertainment and a “mutt market.”

August 27

York

The final Saturday in August brings a chance to celebrate the season in style at Summerfest. The festival in historic York includes a craft fair, food court, classic car show, three stages of musical entertainment and a host of children’s activities. There’s even a 4-H petting zoo and a giant scale model airplane fly-in. Summerfest runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and admission is free.

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