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In its 39th year, the Clarendon County Striped Bass Festival is “THE BIGGEST.” The Festival is a celebration of spring, a tribute to the beauty of our county, and a special salute to the Striped Bass, which put the Santee Cooper Lakes–Marion and Moultrie–and Clarendon County on the fishing map of the world.

The Striped Bass Festival is a fitting, fun way to bring together the citizens of our county and the many great visitors who attend each year.

Each April in Clarendon County, Mother Nature puts on a show that's hard to beat. Azalea, wisteria, iris, tulips, geranium, roses, gladiola and more are in full bloom, making Clarendon County a visual treasure.

The Striped Bass Festival compliments the natural beauty of our area with a fishing tournament, dance, a parade, car show and a host of other activities.

The 2018 Striped Bass Festival Pageant was held on Saturday, March 17th at Weldon Auditorium. Below are the 2018 Striped Bass Festival Queens.

  • Miss Striped Bass – Brianna Gabrielle Hill
  • Teen Miss Striped Bass – Emalee Winter Rogers
  • Young Miss Striped Bass – JaKaylyn Danielle Cooney
  • Little Miss Striped Bass – Emmersyn Ellen Hicks
  • Wee Miss Striped Bass – Annalise Jade Lambert
  • Petite Miss Striped Bass – Paisley Faith Bevell
  • Tiny Miss Striped Bass – Morgan Gamble Lambert
  • Baby Miss Striped Bass – Harper Jean Cutter

The festival weekend kicked off on Friday, April 20, 2018, with a Street Dance featuring the band, Flashback. Several vendors were in the area with children's games and food.  .

"Super Saturday" began bright and early with a "Home Town" parade at 10:00 a.m. The parade traveled down Brooks Street and Boyce Street with several performance areas on the route for dance studios and bands to perform. Approximately 100 food, craft and information vendors were set up around the courthouse square.  The Sumter Cruiser were set up in the First Baptist Church parking lot with a large truck and car cruise in.  Carnival Rides were set up on Keitt Street and the Striped Bass Festival Firefighter Combat Challenge took place at the corner of Brooks and Boyce Streets. Nick Myers completed the course the fastest with a time of a minute and 32 seconds.  The kid’s firefighter challenge course was also open for the youth to see what it takes to be a firefighter.

Attendees were able to walk through the Billie S. Fleming Protective Services Building and view artwork on display that was provided to us by the children from all schools in Clarendon County.  The winners of each division are listed here.

The Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament was a huge success with 97 teams registering.  The boats headed out from the John C. Land, III Sport Fishing Facility at daylight on Saturday, April 21st .  Weigh-in began at 3:00pm. Taking home the grand prize of $5,000 was Daniel Howell with a total weight of 29.00lbs.  Sims Waynick won the youth division and the biggest fish throughout the tournament weighed in at 8.33lbs by Danny Lowery and Perry Hollaway.  A list of additional winners and weights is listed here.

If you were able to participate this year, we appreciate you coming and supporting the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.  If you weren’t able to make it, we hope you will make plans to join us next year for the 40th Anniversary!

For any additional information or questions, please contact the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce.

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