Annual Festival on the Main returns after COVID in Hardeeville SC

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The annual city festival of Hardeeville sur Main is back after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The festival will be held at Richard Gray Recreational Complex Park Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hardéeville.

This was to “fill a void” left at the end of the city’s annual catfish festival in 2017, the city’s director of parks, recreation and tourism, Jennifer Combs, said in an e- mail.

“The festival is fun for the community, but there is a lot of work behind the scenes to put on big community festivals that the public never sees, long hours, sleepless nights and the constant worry that everything will be okay,” Combs mentioned.

The festival first took place in 2019, but COVID-19 put last year’s event on hold, Combs said.

This year, the festival will be hosted by city employees and volunteers and will feature rides, local vendors and performances from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. The show “has a connection to the past history of our city and the Silver Lumber Company,” Combs said. There will also be a vintage car show on Saturday from Carolina Dreamers Car Club of Bluffton, a nonprofit organization that started in the area in 1993 to “socialize and share experiences with other car enthusiasts,” according to its website.

“The town’s sponsorship committee, led by Neil Parsons, has raised over $ 60,000 in sponsorship to help cover costs associated with the festival,” Combs said. “The City also uses Atax funds attract people from all over our city and promote tourism in our region.

Atax funds come from the lodging tax of the town of Hardeeville and are intended for to pay for “Improving, preserving and maintaining” historic buildings, restoring beaches and developing tourism, according to the Town of Hardeeville website.

A cornhole tournament will take place on Saturday with cash prizes for the winners, Combs said. Teams can enter the festival for a chance to win. Pachanga, a group from Bluffton described as the “Latin sound of the Lowcountry” on their website, will play Friday at 7 p.m., and “Lowcountry favorite” Deas-Guyz will play from 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the press release. Everything is free except the rides and purchases from vendors, according to Combs.

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is running the event with a limited staff, Combs said, in the hope that “as the event grows, more and more churches, businesses and groups will join the city to help nurture the growth of the community. Event.”

“The festival is as good as its community makes it, and the more people who support it, the more successful it will be,” Combs said.

This story was originally published October 10, 2021 10:06 am.

Sofia Sanchez is a reporter for The Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette. She reports on the crime and develops stories in Beaufort and its surroundings. Sofia is a Cuban-American journalist from Florida and graduated from Florida International University in 2020.

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