The Irmo Okra Strut is back for its 45th consecutive year. It started as a way for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman’s Club to raise money for a new library and has turned in to a yearly event hosted by the Town of Irmo, SC. The festival is a two day event featuring a Friday night street dance with a live band, a Saturday morning parade, plus arts and crafts, rides and amusements, live entertainment and bands on Saturday as well as a lot of food. Attendance averages around 25,000 but has seen as many as 60,000 visitors in previous festivals. Money raised by the festival is put back into the community through contributions to local civic and school organizations, for scholarships, and public area improvements.
This year, the event is hosted by Lexington Medical Center on Friday, September 28th, and Saturday, September 29th, at Irmo Community Park. The festival is free to the public, but there is an individual charge for rides, amusements, and food or drink. Friday night kicks off the festival with Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band and the return of the Root Doctors. The parade starts at 9 am Saturday morning, followed by a day of food and fun at the park. The main stage will have acts performing all day Saturday with Ron Crosby opening up for The Weight Band at 6 pm.
Whether you have grown up eating Okra or have never tried it, the festival is always a lot of fun and full of homemade southern specialties and sweet tea. For more information and additional details, check out the website here.