The Burning of the Socks

729 Front ST

Georgetown, SC 29440

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City: Georgetown

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The Burning of the Socks

Burn your socks for the Spring Equinox at "The Burning of the Socks", a mariner's celebration of spring. Activities include a Sock Burning Ceremony, cook-off, adult beverages and a live band. The Burning of the Socks tradition began in the mid-1980s at a boatyard in Annapolis, Maryland. There, Captain Bob Turner, who managed the boatyard, got tired of winter weather. While working on boats all winter, his socks collected sawdust, bottom paint, caulk, and other boatyard leavings. In other words, his socks would stand up when he took them off at night. One year, on the first day of Spring, he took off his socks, put them in a paint tray, sprinkled on some lighter fluid, lit them, and then had a beer to celebrate. And so the tradition began, and there are now sock burnings in coastal communities across the country.

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