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Catfish Stomp parade brings out spectators despite rain

Posted: December 10, 2013 7:27 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2013 5:00 a.m.

This year marked the 38th year of Elgin’s Catfish Stomp with residents braving both rain and cooler temperatures to attend the festivities.

The Catfish Stomp’s weekend activities included Elgin’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, a carnival and Saturday’s parade. This year, Elgin’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony was held in conjunction with the Catfish Stomp.

“This was our first year that we moved the Christmas tree lighting to coordinate with the Catfish Stomp. We wanted to bring the community in,” Elgin Town Council Member Melissa Emmons said.

The Catfish Stomp, which received its namesake from the catfish in the Wateree River, began in December 1975. Ross Boulware, Eva Bowen, Paul Grooms, Pete James, Vic Marthers and Larry Tucker made up the original committee for the Catfish Stomp.

Currently there are two members of the Catfish Stomp Committee, George and Angie Marthers. The Marthers have served as the committee for the past 8 to 10 years,

“They deserve a tremendous amount of credit. His father was one of the original members of the founding committee and he (George Marthers) has continued that tradition. It holds a special place in his heart because of his father,” said Emmons.

Numerous volunteers, including Elgin Town Council, the Blaney Fire Department and local businesses also contributed to the community event.

 Catfish stew and fried catfish are the special dishes of the festival. Cooks that have been used for the past several years includes Scott Baker, Kirk Corley, Jamie Entzminger, Adriana Marthers, Johnathan Marthers, Steve McCaskill and Lloyd Renfroe.

This year, food from the stomp was distributed to families and elderly residents in Elgin.

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