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Chicken Strut is August 23-25

Posted: August 6, 2018 4:28 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The Bethune Chicken Strut returns to the town of Bethune for another weekend of family fun.

Whether you are an arts and crafts enthusiast a rodeo fan, or someone who enjoys a little of everything, the family friendly festival should have something for everyone. In fact, the Chicken Strut is expected to be even  bigger and better than last year, say event organizers.

 The event will be held Thursday, Aug. 23 through Saturday, Aug. 25 behind the Bethune Elementary School in Bethune. Some 5,000 to 10,000 spectators are expected to attend, according to festival chair Bubba Hinson. 

On Thursday night, the children’s pageant will be held in the Bethune Elementary School cafeteria. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the event starting at 6 p.m. 

On Friday, the event will kick off at 4 p.m. with vendors and the carnival in the field behind the school.  The pageant for the older contestant groups will be held in the cafeteria, with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the event starting at 6 p.m. 

“Bring a chair and enjoy the live music starting at 6:30,” Hinson said. “Featured bands will be “Bad Water” and “Whits End.” 

Live music will take place behind the gym. 

The Diamond S Rodeo will begin at 8 p.m. at the school football field.  

On Saturday, the festival will kick off with a parade on Main Street, Bethune, starting at 10 a.m., that will run from Inwood Street and end at the festival. Throughout the day, there will be attractions such as a car show, dance performances, a tractor pull starting at noon, vendors and the carnival. 

Live music will begin  that night at 6 p.m. with bands “McMillan Road” and “Landslide.” There will also be a rodeo on Saturday night starting at 8 p.m.

The event will end at midnight on Friday and Saturday.

“First, I want to thank all of the volunteers who help organize this event and make it possible,” Hinson said. “The Bethune Chicken Strut is a non-profit event that operates solely on donations and sponsorship.  Some of the profits from the Bethune Chicken Strut are donated to organizations such as the fire departments, Cub Scouts, and more. We hope to have a big turnout to make this the most successful one yet.” 

The Bethune Chicken Strut is supported by Cal-Maine Foods and the town of Bethune.

For more information about the event visit the Bethune Chicken Strut Facebook page or contact Bubba Hinson at (803) 380-3087. 

For information on the car show contact Donald Caldwell at (803) 669-9139.



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