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Okra Strut Festival

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 10:00a
Downtown Irmo Irmo, SC

The nation's original celebration of Okra. Friday night is our street dance. On Saturday morning, we have a parade. There is lots of entertainment, amusements, okra eating contest & food.
45,000 attendees expected.
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Location & Nearby Info
Downtown Irmo
Lake Murray Blvd and St Andrews Rd
Irmo, SC 29063
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Reviews & Comments
(no rating) Sep 27, 2013 - lou3158

How much better than Delbert Mcclinton do you need. Delbert is a national treasure and has the tightest band around and always delivers!!

(no rating) Sep 18, 2013 - kachalk

AS a lifelong resident of Irmo, I must say that each year I get more and more disappointed with the festival's musical lineup. The majority of people that attend the Friday night session of the festival are there for two things: music and food. While the food choices have remained steady through the years, the music choices seem to get more and more disappointing every year. There are plenty of very talented bands in the Midlands area to choose from, and I know this from talking to many of them that they would be delighted to play a festival of this magnitude if asked. Yet we end up every year with the same old groups, like the Men of Distinction and countless "Elvis" shows, and of course, the mayor's band Fatback and the Groove Band. Nothing against Barry Walker - I think he's a fine mayor - but I've seen his show a dozen time, and would like to see some new talent on the stage. A few years ago, the festival brought in the Band of Oz, one of my favortite beach bands of all time, and they put on a heck of a show. They were able to appeal to old-timers with their beach music, and then open up the 2nd half of their show with more modern cover songs that had all of the younger folks up and dancing in front of the stage. This year's lineup is extremely disappointing, except for Delbert McClinton. We've got a fiddle player, a three-man band, and Barry and his boys. Rob Crosby? I'm sure he's good, but most of us have never heard of him, and if he's not playing cover music, nobody in the audience will stick around, I can promise you that.

Maybe it's time to get some new blood on the committee, folks that are more in tune with what today's festival-goers would like to see. Otherwise, I can assure you that the attendance levels will continue to fall just as they have done the past few years. Wake up people and get with the program!

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