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Camden Mothers Day Festival coming Saturday
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This Saturday, the city of Camden will host what it hopes will be the first annual S.C. Mother’s Day Festival, featuring a parade and a program filled with music, speakers and children’s activities.

May 11 will mark the 100th year Mother’s Day is being celebrated in the United States. In honor of that anniversary, the newly formed Family Heritage Committee (FHC) is sponsoring Saturday’s parade and program.

The FHC is made up of Camden Mayor Tony Scully, Councilwoman Laurie Parks, Bishop Thomas Bell, Jackie Green-Stuckey, Patty Rose, Camden Police Department Lt. Lee Boan, Connie Davis Rouse, Bettye Goodwin Woods and Pam Jones.

The parade will start at 10:30 a.m. in front of Camden City Hall as Mrs. Alice Ford ceremoniously rings the nearby King Haiglar tower bell. Alice Boykin and Sarah Bell will act as co-grand marshals for the parade. All participants are asked to wear their big hats, if they wish. Moms can be entered into the parade for a $10 entry fee. The parade will proceed down Lyttleton Street and end at Zemp Stadium. The program in the stadium will begin at 11 a.m.

“Our goal is to provide an inclusive event celebrating mothers from all cultures represented in our community,” organizers said.

At Zemp stadium, the program will feature a keynote speaker, vendors, live entertainment and children’s activities. There will also be food, crafts, and retail and informational vendors, as well as hat and quilt contests.

Mayor Scully’s wife, Joy, along with Councilwoman Alfred Mae Drakeford will act as co-mistresses of ceremony. In addition to Councilwoman Parks, other guests for the program include State Rep. Laurie Slade Funderburk and State Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s mother, Rose Sheheen.

Camden Military Academy (CMA) is scheduled to post the colors. All mothers will be escorted by members of CMA, the Family Resource Center’s 100 Men participants and male members of the FHC Community Choir. In addition to the FHC Community Choir, the FHC Community Children’s Choir, led by Chandra Richardson and Brian Heyward, will perform as well.

Following the announcement of the hat and quilt contest award winners -- as well as the “oldest mother” being named -- the FHC will present its Mother of the Year Award.

The program’s speaker will be Dr. Brenda Williams of Sumter.

All proceeds raised during the festival will benefit the Family Resource Center, Sistercare, New Day on Mill, Midlands Women’s Center and United Way of Kershaw County’s mentoring program.

For more information, call Councilwoman Parks at 420-0840 or visit the FHC’s website for the event,