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Along with its knack for great tourist attractions, the Tri-County region is chock-full of annual festivals and events for its residents to enjoy. With so many of the region’s communities being small and close-knit, the friendly and welcoming attitude at these events is off the charts.

Below is a sample of the amazing events in the area. For further listings, check out the Chambers’ respective websites: www.tcrcc.com, www.gsdcchamber.org and www.orangeburgchamber.com.

DORCHESTER COUNTY

St. George World Grits Festival

The St. George World Grits Festival
Attended by more than 50,000 people, the St. George World Grits Festival is held annually every April. The weekend-long festival has many attractions for people of all ages, including a carnival, parade, art show, commercial food booths, arts and crafts, street dancing, religious music performances and, of course, what would a grits festival be without grits meals and grits grinding? For information and dates, call (843) 563-2150 or visit www.worldgritsfestival.com.

Harleyville See Saw Daze Festival
Held over one weekend at the end of August or beginning of September, the Harleyville See Saw Daze Festival offers arts and crafts, kids’ games, amusement rides, a dog show, poker runs and nightly street dancing, among other activities. For more information and dates, call Town Hall at (843) 462-7676.

St. George Christmas Parade
The St. George Christmas Parade is usually held the first Thursday of each December. For information, contact the Tri-County Region Chamber of Commerce at (843) 563-9091.

ORANGEBURG COUNTY

Elder Hop
The Elder Hop is a New Year’s Day celebration.
Call (803) 531-4663.

Elloree Trials Thoroughbred and Quarter-Horse Flat Races
A tradition for more than 50 years, this event is held every March. It features 10-12 races. Admission prices vary. Call Franklin G. Smith for more details at (803) 897-2616.

Orangeburg Festival of Roses
This special event, held in April, is run by the Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.festivalofroses.com or call (803) 534-6821.

Santee Maize Days
Held every May, Santee Maize Days offers festival booths and street dances. Maize Days is a fairly new event that also provides amusement rides. People of all ages are promised a fun time. Call the Santee Town Hall at (803) 854-2152 for additional details.

Santee Amateur Golf Tournament
The Santee Amateur Golf Tournament is normally held annually over the course of the second weekend in June. Call (800) 788-5646 for exact dates.

Elloree Antiques and Arts Festival

Elloree Pork Festival
Elloree’s Joe Miller Park hosts this event annually. The main attraction is a barbecue cook-off. A cake bake-off and hog calling have also been part of the festival in years past. Awards are given based on the best food. Call (803) 897-2396 for additional information.

Raylrode Daze Festival
Held the third weekend of September in Branchville, the Raylrode Daze Festival holds special historical significance. It celebrates the history of the railroad at the world’s oldest railroad junction. One of the festival’s neatest attributes is that it is centered around a life-size re-creation of an Old West town. The event’s main attractions are can-can girls, mock cowboy fights, whistle-blowing contests, arts and crafts, food, a parade, a carnival, street dances and more. There is guaranteed to be something fun that will interest an entire family, regardless of age. Call Tom Jennings for further details at (803) 274-8831.

Elloree Antiques and Arts Festival
This event, the Elloree Antiques & Arts Festival, is usually held over the course of the second full weekend of October on an annual basis. This festival provides a wonderful variety of activities, from classic entertainment and food to a pumpkin carving contest. Call (803) 897-2821 for more information.

Holly Hill Christmas Festival and Parade
Christmastime is a special time of year in the Tri-County region. One reason is that there are so many events to choose from to help enjoy the holidays. One of these events is the Holly Hill Christmas Festival and Parade. Contact the Holly Hill Town Hall at (803) 496-3330.

Santee Christmas Parade
Held the first weekend of December. Call (803) 854-2152 ext. 203.

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